This is the first of a three-part commentary on the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote to impose so-called "gay marriage" on all 50 states. The White House celebrated with a rainbow lightshow. What can I say? I say this: It's a shame.
It seems like a long time ago, but in 1997 when Ellen DeGeneres rehearsed her "coming out" television scene, she welled up with tears each time she said the line, "I'm gay." According to The New York Times, in a later interview Ellen said that crying was because of "shame" that came from society telling her that she was "wrong." Should Ellen have been ashamed? Was she wrong? more >>
On June 30, 2015 the Washington National Cathedral's hosted a service entitled "Honoring the Road of Love and Justice," an act of thanksgiving for the Court's legalization of gay marriage.
Considering the theological setting, there was little new or unusual about the service. Rainbow flags were waved and the liturgy honored gay rights "heroes" such as Harvey Milk, Hillary and Julie Goodridge, Barbara Gittings, and James Obergefell.
The service featured two speakers. The first was Brandan J. Robertson, the twenty-two year old board member of Evangelicals For Marriage Equality, a group dedicated to convincing churches to sign on to gay marriage. The second was the Reverend Allyson Robinson, a Baptist transgender minister. more >>
A Kenyan politician has reportedly said that U.S. President Barack Obama needs to "shut up and go home" with his "gay agenda," ahead of an official state visit later in July. Dozens of demonstrators marched in Nairobi on Monday to "protect the family" and the traditional definition of marriage.
"We are telling Mr. Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home," lawmaker Irungu Kangata told demonstrators outside parliament, Reuters reported.
Kenyan politicians and pastors of evangelical churches have said that Obama should not push America's pro-gay marriage stance on the African country where the practice is criminalized. more >>
Twenty: the number of minutes that Esther had to meet her husband before she was engaged and married off by her parents. Seventeen: the age that Esther was when she was married. Ten: the number of years that Esther was abused by her "husband." During that span of time, not only did he rape her, but he allowed other men to rape her as well.
As a mother, my heart breaks for young women like Esther. My daughter is 17, and her current worries are over things like graduation and prepping for her first year of college. A forced, abusive relationship is the furthest concern from my daughter's mind. Yet, at her age (and even younger), some girls are literally fearing for their lives. The sickest part about Esther's story is that it was perpetrated by the people that a young girl should be able to trust: her family.
Or there is the story of Ali Irsan, a Jordanian immigrant to Houston, who together with his wife and son was charged with capital murder. Apparently, the family gunned down an Iranian activist because she was thought to have played a role in their daughter's conversion to Christianity. Irsan was also charged with killing Coty Beavers, his daughter's husband. According to Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, more >>
WASHINGTON — Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced Monday the launch of an "aggressive" initiative to combat any state or federal legislation, or court ruling seeking to protect religious objectors of same-sex marriage from government consequence for living according to their religious convictions.
The organization, which advocates a strict separation view of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment, has started the "Protect Thy Neighbor" project, which will monitor and battle all state and federal legislation and court challenges that pertain to giving individuals, business and religious institutions the right not to serve or participate in same-sex weddings on the basis that it would violate their religious beliefs.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on June 26 that it is unconstitutional for states to refuse issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses, the organization expects Christian conservatives to respond by introducing a plethora of bills, executive orders, regulatory and policy changes that are "designed to resist the Supreme Court's ruling." more >>
Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl says that despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, it cannot change the traditional understanding of marriage as defined by Scripture.
"The law of the land is the law of the land," said Wuerl in a WTOP report. "We certainly follow what the law says. That doesn't mean we change the Word of God. That doesn't mean we change the Scriptures, or the church's millennia-long tradition of what marriage is."
Wuerl's comments comes after a June 26 statement released by the Archdiocese of Washington which said that in light of the Supreme Court ruling, local churches in the diocese will have to make "moral evaluations" on how they will respond when there is a conflict between religious tradition and civil law. more >>