Moments before his wife, Christy Sheats, 42, gunned down the couple's two daughters after arguing about an apology outside of their Texas home last Friday, Jason Sheats begged her to "just shoot yourself," according to a close family friend.
Christy Sheats had no intention to die alone, however, and so she killed their daughters Madison, 17, and 21-year old Taylor to make sure that her husband would suffer, Madison Davey, the family friend, told ABC 13.
"I always knew something would happen, but I never thought she would do this. Christy was toxic for the family. She was mentally unstable," Davey said. more >>
Fifty of the top Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a religious decree that gives transgender people the right to marry, and receive family inheritance and funeral rights, as long as individuals display "visible signs" that they belong to the gender they claim.
"It is permissible for a transgender person with male indications on his body to marry a transgender person with female indications on her body," said the religious document issued on Sunday, as reported by Reuters.
"Also, normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body." more >>
While Christians should certainly seek to receive their parents' blessing for a marriage, they shouldn't wait for this blessing forever, theologian John Piper says.
Piper, founder and teacher for DesiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, shares his advice for couples who are planning to get married in an interview posted on Monday.
Christians, Piper says, should revere their parents and value their opinion when it comes to something so serious as the prospect of marriage, but they also don't need to wait forever if their parents refuse to give the couple their nuptial blessing. more >>
Actress and TV host Candace Cameron Bure honored her 20-years of marriage to former NHL player Valeri Bure with an honest social media post about their highs and lows and the grace they received to persevere.
Bure recently took to Facebook with a picture of their wedding day and a lengthy caption about the reality of marriage and who they look to to help them along their way.
"Let's be real for a second. We are celebrating 20 years of marriage today. 22 years together as a couple. I couldn't be more proud to be here and love my man the way I do. But let me assure you it hasn't been all roses the whole journey," Bure wrote. "There have been several tough years, in a row, ups and downs, bad attitudes and bad decisions, but we've persevered. We rode them out. We loved each other through them." more >>
WASHINGTON — Catholic University of America professor Paul Sullins said Friday that there is "no expectation" of sexual faithfulness in many gay marriages, noting that studies have shown only a small minority of gay marriages are truly monogamous.
Sullins, an associate professor of sociology who focuses on family studies, participated in a Family Research Council panel discussion on the aftermath of last June's Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The discussion focused on the effect the court ruling has had on American society one year later.
After Sullins, Institute on Religion & Democracy President Mark Tooley and the director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty Travis Weber gave 10-minute presentations and fielded questions from the audience. more >>
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley says after she broke her vow to God not to have sex before marriage, she has struggled to forgive herself.
"I think one of the hardest things to do is forgive just in general," Mowry-Housley said on the daytime talk show "The Real" when asked a questions about forgiveness. "But I think the hardest thing to do is forgive yourself.
"Sometimes when you do something that you know maybe you shouldn't have done, it's hard to move on," she said. "I have a very long story about what I needed to forgive myself about. You guys all know that I made a pact to myself to stay a virgin before I got married and I tried for a very very very long time." more >>