Ireland, a traditionally Catholic country, appears to have become the first country to legalize gay marriage through a popular vote Saturday, as both government ministers and opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment said hours after the counting of votes began Saturday.
"I think it's won," Equality Minister Aodhan O. Riordain, who was at the main count center in Dublin, told Reuters as final results are expected later in the day. "The numbers of people who turned out to vote is unprecedented. This has really touched a nerve in Ireland today."
David Quinn, director of the Catholic think tank Iona Institute, which opposes same-sex marriage, agreed with the likely victory of gay marriage supporters. He tweeted: "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done." more >>
"Bringing Up Bates" will premiere its second season in June and feature not only the birth of a grandson but the wedding of their daughter, Michaella, to her husband, Brandon Keilen, which will take place in August.
The couple courted seriously, following traditional Bates family rules and principles, before getting engaged on April 13. Brandon took Michaella to Great Falls, Virginia, and planned a very elaborate surprise: seven different clues in seven locations that finally culminated in Brandon getting down on one knee to propose.
Speaking about the first time she saw Brandon many years ago, Michaella told The Christian Post in an email: "I saw a young man through the window who caught my attention! He was walking an older man to lunch in the freezing snow, and I was impressed at his kindness and patience on this bitter cold day! I didn't have the slightest clue that this would someday be the love of my life!" more >>
International football star and ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz vowed to abstain from sex until after he's married in an Instagram post last week which included a picture from his recent baptism.
Luiz, 28, who plays for French football club Paris Saint-German and serves as vice-captain for the Brazil national team, was baptized into Hillsong Church in teammate Maxwell's in-door swimming pool. He posted a message alongside the picture which read "I have chosen to wait." Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to The Telegraph.
He also included a verse from 1 Corinthians in his post. more >>
WASHINGTON — Many Republican politicians are afraid to engage in the debates over religious freedom and gay marriage, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz told a gathering of pastors in Washington, D.C., adding that some of them are even running for president in 2016.
Over 600 were in attendance at the Watchmen on the Wall conference hosted by the Family Research Council.
Cruz, who represents Texas in the U.S. Senate, was discussing the recent debate over passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. Most Democrats opposed the bill while also, as The Christian Post reported at the time, misrepresenting it. Cruz correctly noted that the bill was "substantively identical" to the federal RFRA, which passed the Senate with 97 votes, passed the House unanimously and was signed by President Bill Clinton. more >>
Support for same-sex marriage in the United States is at a historic high, according to recently released results from a Gallup poll.
Gallup found that 60 percent of respondents believed that marriages between same-sex couples should be legally recognized, with 37 percent opposed.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will issue an executive order meant to protect businesses from being legally compelled to service gay marriages due to religious objections.
In response to the defeat of the Marriage and Conscience Act on Tuesday, Gov. Jindal announced his intention to issue an executive order with a similar objective.
"We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman," stated Jindal on Tuesday afternoon. more >>