A county in Pennsylvania that was previously ordered to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by a Commonwealth Court plans to appeal the ruling to the state's Supreme Court, it was announced Tuesday.
D. Bruce Hanes, the clerk of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, began issuing illegal marriage licenses to same-sex couples in July before being sued by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office and the state's health department to stop the rogue practice. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said in a ruling in early September that Hanes did not have the power as an elected official to break the state's law banning same-sex marriage.
Hanes' lawyers said in the appeal issued to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that they are challenging the Commonwealth Court's previous ruling because they believe the court proceedings contained legal and factual errors. In the appeals documents, Hanes' lawyers question whether the Health Department that sued Hanes had met the burden of proof needed to challenge the clerk and whether the Commonwealth Court had jurisdiction to order Hanes to stop issuing the licenses. more >>
The Book of Daniel in the Old Testament tells of three Jewish men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were ordered by the Babylonian government to betray their conscience and bow down to a false idol, or suffer the penalty of a fiery furnace.
While there doesn't appear to be any (present) threat of a fiery furnace, many Christians today are concerned about repercussions for refusing to betray their conscience and bow down to prevailing homosexual ideology.
The concerns are warranted. more >>
A conservative leader of a nationwide family values group has expressed disappointment with ExxonMobil's recent decision to expand its benefit policies to include same-sex couples.
Tim Wildmon, president of the Mississippi-based American Family Association, told The Christian Post that his group was "disappointed" by the news coming from the large oil company.
"AFA has not typically concerned itself with a company's internal benefit policies. That being said, we are certainly disappointed in ExxonMobil, and their shareholders should be as well," said Wildmon. more >>
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reiterated his support for marriage in an interview on CBS' "Sunday Morning," but was less decided about whether he will run for president.
He expressed his continued support for the traditional definition of marriage in announcing he will appeal Friday's decision by a New Jersey judge saying that the state constitution requires the redefinition of marriage to recognize same-sex unions.
"I do not [believe in same-sex marriage]," he said, "but what I will tell you is, that I do understand is that good people, of good will, have a difference of opinion on this, and so my view is, put it on the ballot. Let people decide." more >>
Of the many pieces of recent federal legislation, few elicit as much emotion and controversy as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Commonly known as "Obamacare," the bill became law in March 2010 and has been the subject of scores of bills and lawsuits meant to bring it down.
In contrast to many bills out there, Obamacare succeeded with little bipartisan support. The initial H.R.3590 bill had 40 cosponsors, of whom only three (Reps. Walter B. Jones, Jr. of North Carolina, Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, and Russell Todd Platts of Pennsylvania) were Republican.
During the much covered House votes on Nov. 7, 2009 and March 21, 2010, only one Republican voted in favor of either bill. For the Nov. 7 vote, 39 Democrats joined House Republicans in voting against it and on March 21, 34 Dems did likewise. This means that opposition to the sweeping health care overhaul was more bipartisan than its support. more >>
Former president George H.W. Bush, 89, served as the official witness to the wedding of a same-sex couple in Maine over the weekend.
Bush, who served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, attended the wedding of close friends Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who own a general store in the small coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine, near where the Bush family has a summer home. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara, attended last weekend's private event as private citizens.
On Sunday, Thorgalsen posted on her Facebook a photo of the former president sitting in a chair and signing a large stack of papers in his lap as she and her partner look on. The caption reads: "Getting our marriage license witnessed!" more >>