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 >>
If you're planning to get married in the next two years, SwanLuv, a Seattle-based company, is offering to fund your wedding up to $10,000 for free as long as you don't get a divorce.
Couples who get divorced, after accepting the company's money "will be required to pay back the amount funded and incurred interest to date," according to SwanLuv's website, so the company can keep funding more lasting marriages.
The site states: "100 percent of the money collected from members who are later divorced is used to provide funds for future couples' dream weddings. SwanLuv keeps the dream alive." more >>
Creation Museum CEO Ken Ham has argued that pastors who ignore difficult social topics like gay marriage and abortion are doing "great damage" to the spiritual growth of their congregations.
"Sadly, when pastors choose to neglect controversial issues, they do great damage to the spiritual growth of their congregates. We have generations of young people in our churches who simply believe what the world believes on social and moral issues (e.g., they are increasingly accepting gay 'marriage'), and they don't think biblically on these matters," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog.
The creationist pointed to warnings that the American Pastors Network has sounded on pastors who refuse to engage with controversial topics, arguing that such pastors mostly fear man more than God. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared Sunday that he has been called a "bigot" for supporting the biblical definition of marriage and explained such language is often used by the left to make millions of conservatives feel "out of place in their own country."
In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Rubio was questioned by moderator John Dickerson about a recent 30-second televised campaign ad that features Rubio stating that the 2016 election is about "all of us who feel out of place in our own country" and the "millions with traditional values branded 'bigots' and 'haters.'"
"I think people feel out of place in their own country for a number of reasons," Rubio stated in the interview. more >>
More than 60 percent of voters in the Catholic-majority Slovenia said "no" to legalizing same-sex marriage in a referendum held Sunday, just as Pope Francis had advised them.
The referendum took place after a gay marriage law approved by the former Communist country's left-leaning parliament in March was challenged before any same-sex couples could marry. A group called Children Are At Stake collected 40,000 signatures to challenge the bill.