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.
Six Republican presidential candidates signed a pledge to support a federal bill meant to protect the rights of gay marriage opponents.
Known as the First Amendment Defense Act, the proposed legislation introduced in June is designed to protect critics of gay marriage from facing legal action for their views.
Conservative groups including the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and the Family Research Council affiliate FRC Action created a pledge for candidates to support. more >>
The rumors may be swirling about singer Ciara Harris' alleged engagement to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but the entertainer insists timing will play a factor in her future nuptials.
When asked about a potential engagement recently, the 30-year-old mother responded by telling Entertainment Tonight that it was important to wait for the right timing.
Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Georgia, recently offered words of guidance to the newly-divorced who are spending Christmas without their former spouses this year.
Writing in his Unwrapping Christmas blog, Stanley suggests to divorced Christians that they make "appropriate expectations" for themselves this holiday season.
In order to deal with the loneliness they might feel over the holidays, Stanley recommends spending time with friends and family so they may provide "companionship and encouragement" during the difficult time. more >>
After enduring a summer in which he filed for divorce from his wife after mutual episodes of adultery, Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham, says he is now getting the help he needs to heal.
Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida who resigned in May after admitting to an affair, broke a nearly three-month hiatus from social media in late November to tell his followers on Facebook that he is now getting help and healing after his public split from his wife, Kimberly, and being deposed of his clergy credentials by the South Florida Presbytery.
"I know I've been quiet for a few months. I'm getting the help and healing and rest that my heart and body desperately needs. I just wanted you all to know that I'm doing really well, I'm surrounded by great people, I'm in a great church, and I have a great pastor, a great counselor, and great elders," wrote Tchividjian. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio appeared on NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday and explained why he thinks the June Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide should be dealt with by appointing judges "that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed," rather than amend the Constitution.
"If you want to change the definition of marriage, then you need to go to state legislatures and get them to change it. Because states have always defined marriage," Rubio told NBC's Chuck Todd, when asked, "Are you going to work to overturn the same-sex marriage?"
Asked again, "Are you going to work to overturn it?" Rubio explained that "that would be conceding that the current Constitution is somehow wrong and needs to be fixed." more >>