The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages.
Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal.
The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. more >>
Months have now passed since the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram sparked international outrage by kidnapping at least 270 Nigerian schoolgirls. In a rambling one-hour video, the group's supposed leader explained their actions to the world:
"I abducted your girls…I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off. There is a market for selling humans…Women are slaves. I want to reassure my Muslim brothers that Allah says slaves are permitted in Islam…I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine…"
Most of the media coverage has understandably focused on the apparent inability of the Nigerian government to rescue the girls, who were students at a Western-style boarding school. But the evil act also shined the light on two horrifying practices: child marriage and polygamy. For those of us who have lived our entire lives in societies that do not tolerate such things, the fact that they are still commonly practiced in some parts of the world is almost unimaginable. more >>
Defrocked United Methodist Church pastor Frank Schaefer, who went against doctrine and officiated his son's same-sex wedding, has said that he will argue before a church panel on Friday that his punishment was illegal.
"I would like to get my credentials back," said Schaefer, 52, according to The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I'm hoping for a 're-frocking.'"
The pastor was officially defrocked by UMC in December after he refused to turn over his credentials following a meeting with the Board of Ordained Ministry. He was accused of violating his pastoral vows by performing his son's marriage to another man at a 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. more >>
June, long the most popular month of weddings, is a good time to ask: How strong is marriage today? In the pop culture, marriage is weak. Songs often extol illicit sex or denigrate marriage.
There's a song today, "Marry You," popularized by singer Bruno Mars: "It's a beautiful night, / We're looking for something dumb to do / Hey baby / I think I want to marry you." I didn't realize marriage was dumb or to be taken so lightly, as if on a whim.
It's not new that marriage is often a joke. Comedienne Mae West famously remarked in the 1930s or 40s: "Marriage is a wonderful institution. But who wants to live in an institution?" Henny Youngman made popular the phrase, "Take my wife---please!" more >>
A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments on lawsuits pertaining to four states' marriage amendments.
Justices decided Monday to combine the four cases into one appeal, whose arguments will be brought before a three-judge panel on Aug. 6.
Marriage amendments from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will be on the agenda for the panel, as each one has been declared unconstitutional by lower court judges. more >>
Churches in Denmark are now compelled, by law, to host same-sex "weddings." America is next.
Tyranny's appetite is insatiable. The secular-left's hunger for power and control over its detractors can never be satisfied. To outwardly succumb and affirmatively capitulate to their pagan demands will never be enough.
Thought control is the goal. more >>