An Oregon Christian couple have paid the state-ordered $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake a wedding cake for their same-sex ceremony earlier this year.
The Oregonian reported on Monday that Aaron Klein, the former co-owner of the now defunct Sweet Cakes by Melissa, handed over a check of $136,927.07 to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries' Portland office for the damages and accrued interest.
Aaron and Melissa Klein had initially said that they will not be paying the money to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, the lesbian couple they refused to bake a cake for in 2013. The Kleins have explained that their objection to participating in same-sex weddings stems from their religious belief that traditional marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman. more >>
Anna Duggar, the wife of former "19 Kids and Counting" reality TV star, Josh, has compared her troubled marriage to 'bad labor pains.'
Duggar, who has mostly kept quiet about the ordeal, made the comments on the final episode of "Jill & Jessa: Counting On."
Anna told sister-in-law Jessa how she has been coping ever since Josh confessed to adultery back in August: more >>
Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who is preparing to position himself as a viable alternative to frontrunner Donald Trump, will meet about 300 pastors and faith leaders Monday at a ranch owned by conservative billionaire Farris Wilks near Dallas.
The meeting in Cisco, a tiny city about two hours west of Dallas, is being organized by Keep the Promise PAC, one of four main super PACs supporting Cruz, who is second to real estate magnate Trump nationally and is the frontrunner in the latest poll in Iowa, according to The Texas Tribune.
The meeting is "designed as an open dialogue with Sen. Cruz and an opportunity to listen to and learn from one another," Laura Barnett, a spokeswoman for Keep the Promise PAC, was quoted as saying. more >>
The recent blockbuster hit "War Room," about the power of prayer, was made for less than $4 million and has grossed nearly $70 million at the box office. On the heels of its release to DVD Dec. 22, The Christian Post caught up with the film's creators, the Kendrick brothers, to discuss the impact the movie made and the future of Christian films.
Alex and Stephen Kendrick, together referred to as "the Kendrick brothers," have pioneered the faith-based film mainstream invasion as their independently made films paved a way for a slew of Christian movies to be accepted by Hollywood and the media in the last couple of years.
The brothers have made incredible strides in their small town of Albany, Georgia, where they serve at Sherwood Baptist Church. Their first four movies – "Flywheel," "Facing the Giants," "Fireproof" and "Courageous" –attracted huge crowds with their positive messages, together grossing over $80 million. With their newest film "War Room" grossing almost that same amount on its own, it's apparent that they reached a new level. more >>
Even though Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis spent five days in jail for refusing to authorize same-sex marriage certificates, a simple change by the state's new governor showed that both sides of the debate can get what they want.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin announced that the state will no longer require county clerks' signatures to be present on valid marriage licenses. This means that same-sex couples will continue to be able to get a marriage license in Kentucky and clerks with religious objections, like Davis, will not be required to sign or authorize the license.
Bevin, who replaced Democrat Steve Beshear for the state's highest office, said in a statement that the new adjustment will "ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored." more >>
Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons and Tyrese Gibson are giving the world a sneak peek of what happens when two men of God who took very different journeys with love share their insights with a live studio audience.
In their upcoming OWN Network show, "It's Not You, It's Men," the hip-hop legend from the group Run–D.M.C. and Grammy nominated R&B singer will "expose the players and their game" in a talk show like never before.
'If you don't like talking about grown folks stuff this ain't the show for you," singer, actor and author Tyrese says in a preview for the show. more >>