A documentary being broadcast by PBS titled, "The New Black," examines how the Christian right capitalizes on "homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar — the black church" in order to "pursue an anti-gay political agenda."
"The New Black" aims to portray how the African-American community has grappled with issues related to homosexuality in light of the same-sex marriage movement in the U.S., specifically with the successful push to redefine marriage in Maryland in 2012 serving as the backdrop. Featured in the documentary are activists, families, and members of the clergy, all at odds on what proponents deem a civil rights issue and what opponents view as the legimitazion of sinful behavior.
Making an appearance in "The New Black" are Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; Derek McCoy, president of the Maryland Family Alliance and the Maryland Family Council and associate pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland; and the Rev. Delman Coates, pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, and a candidate for lieutenant governor in the state. more >>
A federal judge "reluctantly" put same-sex marriages in Wisconsin on hold on Friday, a week after she struck down the state's gay nuptial ban as unconstitutional allowing nearly 600 licenses to be issued.
"After seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples featured in media reports, I find it difficult to impose a stay on the event that is responsible for eliciting that emotion, even if the stay is only temporary," wrote U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, who struck down the 2006 ban on same-sex marriage in a June 6 order without staying the ruling or clarifying if it takes effect immediately.
As a result, nearly 600 same-sex couples were granted marriage licenses in 60 counties in Wisconsin in the past week, according to USA Today. Another 12 counties declined to issue licenses. more >>
Sounding irked by an NPR host's question to clarify her stance on gay marriage, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued that did she did not change her position and embrace same-sex marriage last year for political reasons.
Speaking with NPR's Terry Gross on Thursday, Clinton accused the host of being "very persistent" and playing with her words when asked about her support for same-sex marriage.
"No, I don't think you are trying to clarify," Clinton said. "I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons. And that's just flat wrong. So let me just state what I feel like you are implying and repudiate it." more >>
Meagan Good, the Think Like A Man Too actress, is opening up about her future book about abstinence that she is writing with her Hollywood Executive and preacher husband DeVon Franklin.
Good, 32, appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" recently to promote her new movie. However, it was there that she was able to speak about the new book she is co-authoring.
"We're writing a book; it's called The Wait," she told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "I'd been in a couple relationships and I was like, 'You know, this isn't really working for me.' I wanted to do something different." more >>
Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been notified that each faces excommunication from the church for apostasy — one for his LGBT activism, the other because she's the founder of Ordain Women, an organization that's pushing for female priesthood.
Kate Kelly, whose organization protested the church's General Conference in April advocating for females to become priests, and John P. Dehlin, a psychology Ph.D. student who created a podcast in 2005 that featured an array of stories about Momorns of various racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and approaches toward faith, have been notified by LDS officials that they might be dismissed from the church for apostasy.
Following a meeting last month with Scott Wheatley, the president of the Oakton Virginia Stake, Kelly was informed in a letter that she was being put on "informal probation" by the chuch for her actions. As such, Kelly, is no longer a member in good standing in the LDS church. more >>
Christian filmmakers releasing a DVD on Internet pornography argue that the porn "epidemic" is the main problem contributing to Christian divorces.
The filmmakers have put together a DVD teaching curriculum on sexual purity called the "Conquer Series," partly in response to statistics that show that 50 percent of pastors and 68 percent of Christian men confess to viewing Internet porn on a weekly basis.
"The shocking statistics were the game-changer for me," said Director Jeremy Wiles on Wednesday. "So, we spent two years developing a 5-hour discipleship curriculum, interviewing top Christian leaders on this subject and shooting battle reenactments to illustrate the war that every man faces with sexual temptation. I wanted to give men proven principles on how to find freedom. We can be the generation that changes the statistic." more >>