Attorneys defending Utah's ban on same-sex marriage said in their most recent court filing that legalizing gay marriage would be an "unprincipled judicial wrecking ball" that would destroy state authority.
In its 120-page reply, submitted late last week, Utah told the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing a judge to determine the constitutionality of a state's same-sex marriage ban undermines the state's sovereignty.
Utah's special assistant, Attorney General Gene Schaerr, wrote in the court filing that lifting a state's same-sex marriage ban is not akin to previous court rulings that lifted interracial marriage bans, but rather it is "an unprincipled judicial wrecking ball hurtling toward an even more important arena of traditional state authority." more >>
The authors of Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, meant to serve as a corrective to the wildly popular Fifty Shades series, believe one reason erotica has found a home among Christian women is because they are simply starved for Bible-based teaching and open dialogue on sexuality in their communities of faith.
Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who founded Authentic Intimacy, and Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co-founder of Pure Freedom, spoke with The Christian Post about the dangers they believe are inherent in pornographic works like E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its publication in 2011.
Barna Group researchers revealed in the results of a survey published last year that "there is no difference between the percentage of Christians who have read Fifty Shades of Grey and the percentage of all Americans who have read the book." more >>
BAGHDAD — Human rights groups have condemned an Iraqi bill that would permit girls younger than nine from the country's majority Shiite population to marry.
"Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq's women and girls," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. "This personal status law would only entrench Iraq's divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all."
Known as the Jaafari Personal Status Law, the bill was approved by Iraq's Council of Ministers on Feb. 25, and would permit girls to marry, with their father being the only authority who could approve or deny the partnership. The proposed legislation would affect the country's Shiite population, which makes up between 65 and 70 percent of the country's 32 million people. more >>
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, recently applauded Russian President Vladimir Putin for opposing the advancement of the LGBT agenda in his country.
In a Decision Magazine editorial published on Feb. 28, the day that Russian troops first entered in Crimea, Graham claimed he was "not endorsing President Putin," but that the former KGB officer was "right on these issues."
"Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda," he said. more >>
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, asking the state to recognize three gay couples' out-of-state weddings pending a final decision on the constitutionality of the state's ban.
"At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs' marriages will be placed on an equal footing with those of heterosexual couples and that proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history," U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger wrote in Friday's decision.
The couples – Dr. Valeria Tanco and Dr. Sophy Jesty of Knoxville; Army Reserve Sergeant First Class Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura of Memphis; and Matthew Mansell and Johno Espejo of Franklin – moved to Tennessee after getting married in states where their unions were recognized. more >>
ChristianMingle announced its 2014 national Advisory Board members earlier this week and for the first time introduced regional advisory boards in Los Angeles and Dallas, in an effort to increase offline user engagement.
For the fourth year in a row, the self-identified largest Christian online dating site is seeking the advice and perspectives of pastors, church leaders, authors and relationship specialists to learn how the company can better "provide an authentic community that resonates" with singles, said Ashley Reccord, a spokesperson for ChristianMingle.
"[We really want to] create a community where they cannot only find someone, but they can also grow in their walk with God and their faith," Reccord told The Christian Post. more >>