A New Zealand father whose Armenian wife reportedly left him because he refused to abandon their newborn diagnosed with Down syndrome, has received nearly $500,000 in support from around the world to help him care for the boy. His former wife, however, is disputing his story.
The father, Samuel Forrest, told ABC News that when little Leo was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth in Armenia on Jan. 21 his wife, Ruzan Badalyan, gave him an ultimatum.
"This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle — that was Leo," said Forrest. "She had his face covered up and hospital authorities wouldn't let me see him or my wife. When the doctor came out, he said 'there's a real problem with your son.'" more >>
Alabama started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state's request for a hold. The court's decision comes just one day after the state's Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order barring probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
USA Today reported Monday morning that at least one probate judge has issued gay marriage licenses, but other probate judges have refused to issue them.
Whether or not the state will enforce Moore's directive against probate judges issuing marriage licenses and thus nullify the ones being issued Monday morning is also unknown. more >>
As Americans ready to observe Saint Valentine's Day, nationwide multiple organizations will be celebrating National Marriage Week, which will be held Feb. 7-14.
The annual observance, which is in its fifth year, is overseen by a variety of groups and churches involved in the movement to strengthen marriages, including National Marriage Week USA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"While marriages are challenged by numerous trials, both old and modern (divorce, abuse, pornography, economic difficulties, etc.), the witness of married couples to the beauty of lifelong married love remains a sign of hope and joy in our culture," Bethany Meola, assistant director of the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, told The Christian Post. more >>
I have been shocked and surprised to read in comments by Christians about the 50 Shades of Grey book and film that the Bible supports married couples doing whatever they want in the marriage bed – thus giving divine approval to BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) between consenting spouses. Often cited is the KJV Bible version of Hebrews 13:4: "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" - as though that verse supports such a notion.
Let's look more carefully at Hebrews 13:4 before letting that pass, for it has been the justification for all sorts of abuse and other perversion in the marriage bed over the centuries. Hebrews 13:4 is actually saying just the opposite of "husband and wife - do what you will in your sexual relationship". The Greek word "amiantos" actually means "undefiled in the sense of being kept pure" and most decidedly NOT in the sense of "do whatever sex act to each other that you both agree to". It is saying that the marriage bed is to be kept pure from defilement, not "given a license for defilement". Just because two married people agree to defile one another does not mean that it is biblical or in any way healthy.
BDSM, anal intercourse (sodomy) or anything else that damages the body is a gross defilement of the marriage bed and God's intent. Any proctologist or urologist will tell you that anal intercourse always causes damage to the body of the recipient. It goes against the natural design of the body and is a breeding ground for disease. more >>
Jessa Duggar released a love letter from husband Ben Seewald just in time for Valentine's Day.
"My Dearest Jessa, When you smile at me, it takes my breath away, like my heart has been touched by an angel," Ben wrote. "Your eyes sparkle like the first stars on a dark night. Your smile brightens my spirit like the first gleams of sunrise after a crisp autumn night in the Arkansas Ozarks. But the most wonderful thing about when you smile at me, is that it shines forth radiant beams of warmest love and affection … it's worth a thousand words, even the most eloquent words of affirmation. Your smile could melt the age old ice cap of Antarctica. I love you more than fondest words and fair speech can express."
The couple exchanged vows on Nov. 1, in front of family and friends gathered together in Arkansas. Making their ceremony unique was the fact that they saved their first kiss for a more private moment instead of in front of a crowd. Instead, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jessa's parents, provided the crowd with an-all important kiss. more >>
The effects of the '60s sexual revolution and subsequent rise of feminism on marriage, unwed childbearing, and single motherhood have been chronicled at length. But additional attention needs to be paid to the impact of feminism on a large segment of the male population. Far too many young men have failed to make a normal progression into adult roles of responsibility and self-sufficiency, roles generally associated with marriage and fatherhood.
My research indicates that from a low of just over 19 percent in 1966, the proportion of all men ages 20 to 54 who are unmarried is now more than one-half. Among younger men 20 to 34, more than 70 percent are now unmarried compared with just under 30 percent in this age group in the mid-1960s at the onset of the sexual revolution.
To hard-core radical feminists, this may represent a positive development — not a bug but a feature, as we say in the computer age. But to the millions of children growing up in fatherless homes aching for a connection to their biological father, it's another story altogether, a lonely painful story. Even liberal scholars have pretty much given up trying to paper over the exorbitant costs and consequences of raising children without a father. Moreover, while today's mothers are grateful that their daughters have fewer obstacles to achieving their full potential, they are, nevertheless, concerned about the risks and threats their sons face in an educational system and work-a-day world that devalues masculinity and is slanted against males. It goes without saying that male-female relationships can be risky; from potential false charges of rape to no-fault divorce, the risks –– financial and otherwise –– of male/female interactions have become very high indeed. more >>