A viral blog post argues that no couple will ever truly be "ready" for marriage, and that the various ways people "test the waters" before "tying the knot" do not really work. Christian relationship experts agreed, but warned that believers should not be too hasty to say "I do."
"You can't comfortably transition into an eternal vow," wrote blogger Matt Walsh. "We commonly view living together as a logical step before marriage, but it isn't," because the lifelong commitment to another human being is not something you can "try out." Rather, "you make it, and then it's made."
Christian relationship expert Ruthie Dean agreed, but cautioned believers to "make sure that we're more ready without stepping into the sin of cohabiting or having premarital sex." Dean, coauthor of the book Real Men Don't Text: A New Approach to Dating, suggested there are ways to prepare for marriage and admitted that the secular world can teach the Christian world a thing or two about waiting to tie the knot. more >>
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, despite its own ban on the practice, arguing that discriminating against a class of people for religious or traditional reasons is unconstitutional. Conservative groups have called the decision a "deep betrayal."
"In the end, the Court concludes that Kentucky's denial of recognition for valid same-sex marriages violates the United States Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law, even under the most deferential standard of review," said U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in his 23-page ruling.
"Once the government defines marriage and attaches benefits to that definition, it must do so constitutionally. It cannot impose a traditional or faith-based limitation upon a public right without a sufficient justification for it." more >>
Tina Campbell, one half of the Grammy Award-winning gospel music duo Mary Mary, is having trouble trusting that she can leave her husband while on tour after learning that he was unfaithful.
Fans of the WEtv reality television series "Mary Mary" will witness the ordeal unfold on the show that premieres later this month. In a new trailer for the series, Tina is expressing some of her concerns with touring amid her marital woes.
"Whenever I'm on the road, I think about what my husband did to me. He was unfaithful to me while I was on the road," Tina reveals in a new trailer for the reality show's third season. "So I've got to wonder, 'Since you got caught, are you faithful now? Do you really mean that you want to be a better man to me? Or are you still who you were?'" more >>
The archbishop of Jos and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria has accused the Western world of forcing secular values on homosexuality and condom use "down the throats" of Africans. He called on believers to stay faithful to their religious heritage.
"In Africa, whether it is about population control, use of condoms, homosexuality, etc sometimes, the views of the West are forced down the throats of Africans through financial inducement. Africans must not be copy cats, believing that whatever comes from the West is ideal," His Exc. Mgr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said at a seminar in Jos on health care and Catholic social teachings, Agenzia Fides reported on Wednesday.
"We must not be swallowed up by the tyrannical imposition of some governments or international non-governmental organizations who wish to dictate the moral trend of the world based on their secular values" he added. more >>
Lutherans, Mormons, Catholics, evangelicals and Southern Baptists have joined together in fighting the legalization of same-sex marriage by submitting a recent court brief to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently considering the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah.
The 42-page brief was filed Monday by lawyers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and was signed by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the National Association of Evangelicals.
The brief focuses on the religious groups' shared belief that a husband and a wife serve as the ideal situation in which to raise a child. "Our respective religious doctrines hold that marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children," the brief reads. "We believe that children, families, society, and our nation thrive best when husband-wife marriage is upheld and strengthened as a cherished, primary social institution." more >>
Nevada officials have dropped their defense of the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, saying a recent legal decision would no longer make their arguments "sustainable" in court.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto released a statement Monday saying that the state would no longer defend the ban in a current case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Masto, a Democrat, said a recent, unrelated ruling in the 9th Circuit panel has made the state's legal arguments unviable. The panel ruled that a trial cannot pick and choose jurors based solely on their sexual orientation. The ruling elevated gay and lesbian jurors to the same protected class previously reserved for racial minorities and women.