A rogue clerk in North Carolina accepted marriage license requests from over 10 same-sex couples Tuesday morning in spite of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This decision comes as the state's Attorney General Roy Cooper announced over the weekend that he personally supports same-sex marriage, but will still defend the state's ban against such marriages in a lawsuit.
On Tuesday morning, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger accepted the request for a marriage license submitted by Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory, who have reportedly been same-sex partners for 25 years. After accepting the initial license, Reisinger reportedly went on to accept 10 more throughout Tuesday. The event was organized on behalf of the Campaign for Southern Equality to have same-sex marriage legalized in the state.
Reisinger stopped short of signing and issuing the marriage licenses at Tuesday's event, saying that he would like to formally ask Attorney General Roy Cooper to validate the marriage licenses. A call by The Associated Press to Cooper's office found that Cooper will not approve the licenses. more >>
Ron Carpenter, pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., has taken to Facebook after denying that he had "gone into hiding," to thank supporters for their outpouring of well-wishes. He also relayed a message from his wife, Pastor Hope Hilley Carpenter, whom the Pentecostal preacher said "has asked me to speak on her behalf and in deep brokenness."
"Hey guys...first of all let me say that our family is completely overwhelmed by the kindness, love, grace, and mercy demonstrated by everyone," Carpenter wrote online Wednesday. "I now know what it means to 'bear one another's burdens.'"
He went on to say the he and his family "feel" the love from his supporters and that he was grateful "beyond measure." more >>
Deitrick Haddon, gospel music star and former Detroit pastor, talked recently with The Christian Post about his new album, "R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged)," how his failed first marriage changed him in the eyes of many, and his decision as a teen to turn down a major record contract to fulfill his calling of preaching the Gospel.
Below is a transcript of CP's exclusive interview with Haddon (conducted via phone), in which the Dove Award winner and multiple Stellar Gospel Music Award winner relates one of his favorite Bible passages and explains how it reminds him that "sometimes good people go through storms that they didn't bring upon themselves." The transcript has been edited for clarity.
CP: Tell me a little about your 12th studio album, "R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged)" and how it has been received. more >>
After Pastor Ron Carpenter, Jr. of Redemption World Outreach Center confessed to his congregation over the weekend that his wife, Hope Hilley Carpenter, had been placed under psychiatric observation after carrying on multiple affairs during their two decades of marriage, members of the Christian community have showered the grieving father and husband with prayer. However, others have questioned the Greenville, S.C., minister's wisdom in publicly divulging his family troubles.
A nine-year female member of Redemption World Outreach Center who declined to be named told The Christian Post via phone Tuesday that there has been a "very good, heartwarming response" to Pastor Carpenter's Sunday remarks, and that members of the public have been sending flowers and cards to the church.
As Pastor Carpenter told congregants at the church and those watching the Internet livestream, Mrs. Carpenter has voluntarily checked into a one-year rehabilitation clinic where she has been put in isolation for evaluation. Admitting during his remarks on Sunday that he did not exactly know what was ailing his wife, Pastor Carpenter nevertheless shared that he had been informed by a therapist "that it was the worst case they had ever seen." more >>
The state of Utah defended its ban on same-sex marriage in court on Friday, arguing that the 2004 constitutional amendment recognizing only traditional marriage proves the state's interest in promoting "responsible procreation." The state also argued that its "child-centric" culture grants it the right to assert the "age-old and still predominant" traditional definition of marriage.
The comments were made Friday by lawyers for the state to U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby of Salt Lake City. The state is requesting that Shelby grant a summary judgment in the federal court case Kitchen vs. Herbert, in which three same-sex couples are charging that the state's 2004, voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs, including Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity; Karen Archer and Kate Call; and Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, argue that the ban, known as Amendment 3, practices discrimination against same-sex couples in the state as it denies what they see to be the basic, fundamental right to marriage. The state's Amendment 3 not only constitutionally bans same-sex marriage in the state but also refuses to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Supporters of the Amendment have argued it does not discriminate against anyone as all people have the "right to marry," but simply that marriage, by definition, is a union between one man and one woman. more >>
Pastor Ron Carpenter of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., held a "family discussion" instead of a normal church service on Sunday as he informed his congregation in a heart-wrenching confession that his wife had committed adultery multiple times over the past 10 years and was under psychiatric observation.
"As I am speaking to you right now, my wife Hope, has voluntarily checked into a one-year rehabilitation clinic and she is in isolation and she is under psychiatric evaluation at this moment," Carpenter revealed. "I've been on the phone with therapists until deep into the night last night, and the therapist told me that it was the worse case they had ever seen. That is the severity of this moment and this issue."
He shared in a shaky voice with thousands at the service and countless others watching online that he had lost 12 pounds in the last four days and had barely been eating or sleeping, and called that Sunday the worst day of his life in 45 years. more >>