A Miami-Dade County judge Friday overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage in a decision that applies only to that county. While this is the second county that struck down the state's ban this month, marriage licenses will not be issued so that the rulings can be appealed.
Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel agreed with last week's ruling by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, saying the 2008 constitutional amendment approved by the state's voters violates the right to equal protection under the law guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment, according to The Associated Press.
"Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest," Zabel wrote in her 36-page ruling. "It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society." more >>
Advocates for behavior considered immoral by Christians who believe the Bible is God's inerrant word, have successfully used the idea of "love" to affirm homoerotic behavior, to redefine marriage and family, to justify pedophilia, and as theologian and pastor James Emery White recently pointed out, to justify assisted suicide.
The problem, White writes in his blog, Church & Culture, is that the "love" described to normalize these behaviors is "not the biblical idea of love."
"There is a new cultural apologetic that is fast becoming the go-to argument to ensure affirmation and approval of previously immoral activities," he writes. "And it is an argument taken straight from the Bible: Love." more >>
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, condemned liberal intolerance toward those who support the traditional definition of marriage in a Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Rubio began that portion of his speech, which dealt with the role of culture and values in alleviating poverty, by acknowledging the discrimination suffered by gays and lesbians. Federal law, he noted, used to ban the hiring of gays and some local ordinances banned the serving of gays at bars and restaurants.
He said he respects the arguments in favor of same-sex marriage and concedes "that they pose a legitimate question for lawmakers and for society." more >>
Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He's also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door.
After a brief investigation, the Iowa newspaper fired Bob and then publicly castigated him in an editorial. They accused him of compromising the reputation of the newspaper. They said what he wrote resulted in the loss of public trust.
Bob ran afoul of the newspaper's bosses by daring to criticize the "Queen James Bible" website. The website sells copies of God's Word that have been rewritten with a gay friendly slant. more >>
Melissa Rodriguez is the only 30-something, never-married female without kids at her 200-person church. In fact, when her Miami-based church tried to start a single's ministry, her dad was the only man who showed up.
To find solidarity in her current status, Rodriguez has turned online and become an avid listener of the Boundless podcast, Focus on the Family's weekly program geared towards all things "young adults." Next month, she'll be heading the furthest west than she's ever traveled to meet this digital community in person, thanks to Pursuit, Focus' inaugural conference geared specifically towards singles.
"I'm just really excited to go to Pursuit and meet people," Rodriguez said last month after she called into the podcast. The Florida resident shared that she had even printed out a picture of FotF and been regularly praying over it. more >>
A Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing the decision.
Jake Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop hopes to win at the appellate level after being told that he must serve gay couples wedding cakes and take a diversity course.
Phillips is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed the appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals last Wednesday. more >>