The 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles featured a star-studded pro-gay marriage event as music artist Queen Latifah, who is legally deputized to conduct wedding ceremonies, married 34 couples, both gay and straight.
The event featured a live performance of the pro-LGBT song "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with Madonna joining in later on in an all-white suit, singing "Open Your Heart."
"Same Love" includes lyrics chiding conservatives and those who oppose gay marriage: "The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision; And you can be cured with some treatment and religion; Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God; … America the brave still fears what we don't know; And 'God loves all his children' is somehow forgotten; But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago; ... When I was at church they taught me something else; If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed." more >>
A new study on Christian attitudes toward dating and marriage reveals a broad acceptance for cohabitation, premarital sex and a rejection of traditional gender roles. Experts believe that many Christians are following cultural trends over scripture when it comes to sex and marriage.
"Christians are perhaps more influenced by the culture than they are by the teachings of scripture or the church," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
According to the "2014 State of Dating in America" report published by Christian Mingle and JDate, 61 percent of Christians said they would have sex before marriage. Fifty-six percent said that it's appropriate to move in with someone after dating for a time between six months and two years. Fifty-Nine percent said it doesn't matter who the primary breadwinner of the family is. And 34 percent responded that while it would be nice to marry someone of the same faith, it's not required. more >>
Conservative pro-family groups and Republican lawmakers are decrying Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's recent decision not to defend the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
The Family Research Council denounced Herring's recent announcement, citing the state's 2006 ban on same-sex marriage that was approved by 57 percent of Virginia voters.
"This lawlessness is an insult to the voters of Virginia who approved the marriage amendment by a large majority," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement following Herring's announcement on Thursday. "The 'left' is becoming a law unto itself." more >>
Divorce rate is higher among religiously conservative Protestants, and even among those living around them, finds a new study that examined all counties in the United States where divorces occurred and looked at what the characteristics of those counties were.
Demographers Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas and Philip Levchak at the University of Iowa looked at the entire map of the United States, and found that a key factor predicting divorce rates is the concentration of conservative Protestants in a county.
To be published in the American Journal of Sociology next month, the study notes that religiously conservative states Alabama and Arkansas have the second and third highest divorce rates in the U.S., at 13 per 1000 people per year while New Jersey and Massachusetts, more liberal states, are two of the lowest at 6 and 7 per 1000 people annually. more >>
Christian author Shaunti Feldhahn writes about 12 habits that most couples embrace that make their marriages happy and successful in her new book, The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages. Contrary to popular belief, Feldhahn discovered that highly happy couples put into practice seemingly negative habits like going to bed angry and not looking to their marriage for happiness, among others.
After interviewing and surveying 1,000 couples to uncover the most important habits, Feldhahn found that these "secrets" are shared among individuals regardless of age or racial background or any other factors. Furthermore, she found that half of marriages in America are not prone to fail but the truth lies closer to 30 percent and even less within the church.
"The key is that no matter what the state of your marriage, small changes in awareness and action truly can change everything," writes Feldhahn. "These habits can yield gold for those who apply them." more >>
Are you Christian, single and want to mingle, but have found very few prospects at the church you call home? If you feel like the clock is ticking and you're tempted to embark on a church quest to find your mate for life, Pastor John Piper has seven questions he thinks you should consider before changing pews.
1. HAVE I ASKED OTHERS FOR ADVICE?
Piper: "Do my elders approve of my move? Have they given their counsel? Don't be a lone ranger Christian, seek wisdom from those who know you and your situation best." more >>