The Rhode Island Senate voted on Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, moving it closer to becoming the 10th U.S. state to make such a change to the definition of marriage.
The New York Times noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of including gay and lesbian couples in the definition of marriage by a seven to four vote. The bill, however, seeks to protect religious leaders who oppose such unions from being forced to officiate ceremonies. A secondary Senate vote is to follow on Wednesday, but gay rights supporters are confident that Rhode Island will be the latest New England state to make the switch.
"We think that when the vote is called, we can win," said Ray Sullivan, campaign director of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage. more >>
France is set to become the 14th country in the world to officially legalize same-sex marriage, after the Socialist-majority Assembly voted 331-225 in favor of a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
As France was getting ready for the vote on Tuesday, a heavy police force with water cannons was set up around France's National Assembly in preparation for protests against the bill.
The gay marriage bill had moved through parliament successfully, and the final vote on Tuesday decided conclusively that gay marriage and gay adoption will become a reality in what has traditionally been a prominent Roman Catholic country. more >>
The battle for the family is heating up with one of the most important issues that could cause a huge tipping point in culture-the redefining of marriage by the Supreme Court. This is the final segment of a 4 part series on the topic of gay marriage. In this segment we look at the history of America. Were we a Christian nation? Are we a Christian nation today? Is a nation required to have a moral compass?
In God We Trust? The moral issue. Does it even matter? We must as a nation acknowledge that our national motto that is on every currency, In God We Trust, no longer represents the belief of the population or its leadership. Our beliefs are reflected in our elections, not our words. Our nation is living a lie. A nation cannot violate the values our Creator expressed in His instruction manual for living, the Bible, and expect God simply to turn His eye from evil. God said in His word to beware of calling things that are evil good. more >>
Former president Bill Clinton accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday, and revealed that his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was one of the main reasons he decided to stand up for same-sex marriage.
"She has had a profound impact on the way I see the world," Clinton said of his 33-year-old daughter, his only child. "It's sort of humbling when you get to be my age when your child knows more than you do about everything."
The former president continued: more >>
The battle for the family is heating up with one of the most important issues that could cause a huge tipping point in culture-the redefining of marriage by the Supreme Court. This is part 3 of a 4 part series on the topic of gay marriage. In this segment we look at how the failure of Christian marriages and how it has contributed to the issue of the rising gay community and the agenda of the gay community.
How failure in marriage got us to this place In the last 50 years the Christian evangelical church has allowed the value of covenant in marriage to be exchanged for contract in marriage. We no longer honor the marital covenant and we make it easy for marriages to break up and reproduce the same pain through remarriage, which also violates scripture. There is no longer shame for divorce or remarriage in the church. The problem has become epidemic and so divorce has become a manufacturing mechanism for dysfunction in society. Consequently the church has lost its moral authority to speak on this issue of gay marriage. Also, the failure of the Catholic Church regarding sexual abuse contributes to the failed authority within the Catholic Church. more >>
Part 2 of a 4 part series. Part 1 can be read here.
The battle for the family is heating up with one of the most important issues that could cause a huge tipping point in culture-the redefining of marriage by the Supreme Court. In this 4 part series we are raising the question of whether the gay marriage issue is a civil issue or a moral issue. In this segment we will discuss how our nation got to this place of even having to wrestle with such an issue of gay marriage.
How we got here Playboy magazine ushered in a sexual revolution when the first issue came off the press in 1953. A new "anything goes" mind-set about sex was introduced. This sexual revolution gained more and more acceptance in the sixties and seventies during the Woodstock generation and the Vietnam War. More and more people began living together, and premarital sex was no longer considered taboo but actually an accepted practice. Dysfunction in families began to grow as the numbers of divorces rose, unrestrained sexual liberties were expressed, and fathers abandoned their families, opening the door to sexual identities being confused. more >>