The advocacy group "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" responded to recent criticism from Christians arguing against the recognition of same-sex marriage by saying supporters of EME are not compromising Christian beliefs and are instead focused specifically on gay unions receiving the same government recognition and rights as traditional married couples do.
"We've been very clear in our Statement of Belief that it's not our intent to water down our faith or compromise our deeply-held Christian beliefs," EME spokesman Brandan Robertson told The Christian Post. "That's why we've focused specifically on government recognition of same-sex relationships — bestowing the same rights (e.g. hospital visitation, funeral preparation) and tax treatments on a committed same-sex relationship as we do on opposite sex relationships."
Asked to respond to an op-ed by Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in which he wrote that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages, Robertson said Walker was misinformed. more >>
Cohabitating before marriage is a short-term solution for what God designed to be a long-term relationship, says a South Carolina-based blogger and writer for NewSpring Church.
John Weirick asked readers if they would buy a car without first taking it for a test drive, as some couples use that comparison to justify moving in together before marriage. He then emphasized that God has greater plans in store for a relationship between an unmarried couple than cohabitating, and splitting rent and groceries.
"A great love relationship goes beyond knowing each other well or ensuring compatibility," Weirick asserted. "What keeps a relationship strong isn't whether a couple lived together before getting married, but their commitment to Jesus and to each other." more >>
Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages.
"I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Walker responded to EME spokesman Brandan Robertson's piece in which he explains why the initiative for evangelicals to support "civil marriage equality" was launched, with his own op-ed the next day in TIME, "An Evangelical Defense of Traditional Marriage." more >>
In this story from New Zealand, two male friends (who are not gay, by the way) are about to marry each other.
Part of their motive:
Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will tie the knot to win a "The Edge" radio station competition and a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. more >>
Derick Dillard is already documenting his wife Jill Duggar's pregnancy less than three months after their wedding.
The newlyweds announced the pregnancy just eight weeks after their June 21 nuptials. Today, the 23-year-old bride is showing off her burgeoning baby bump for the first time on Instagram. Dillard, 25, shared a photo collage featuring Duggar's progress at five weeks and five days as well as at 11 weeks and two days.
"By the end of next week, all of our baby's body parts, from tooth buds to toenails, will be developing! #firsttrimesterprogression #babydilly #19kidsandcounting," Dillard wrote in the caption on Sept. 5. more >>
Chicago Cardinal, Francis George met this week with a gay music director who was recently fired from his position at his church after getting engaged to his partner.
Colin Colette was recently let go from his position at Holy Family Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois and immediately requested to meet with the Cardinal who responded rather promptly.
Colette discussed the meeting with the Chicago Tribune and told the publication that the two prayed together. more >>