Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho's voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. more >>
Last week, Michael Paulson of The New York Times asked Pastor Brian Houston, founder of the Hillsong movement (which now has congregations in California and New York), "Can your pastors preside at same-sex marriages?"
Pastor Houston replied (in part), "It can be challenging for churches to stay relevant. Because many mainstream churches upheld what they would believe is the long established view of what the Bible says about homosexuality. But the world has changed around and about them. . . ."
He continued, "So the world's changing and we want to stay relevant as a church. So that's a vexing thing. You think, 'How do we not become a pariah?'" more >>
Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston has issued a statement specifying his position on marriage and homosexuality after a news outlet reported that he "won't take (a) public position on LGBT issues."
The news report came after Houston brought up the topics of homosexuality and same-sex marriage at a press conference held on Thursday with New York City media, on the occasion of Hillsong Conference being held at Madison Square Garden.
"I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference," Houston says in a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Saturday. more >>
Before saying "I do," Jill Duggar and now-husband Derick Dillard went through premarital counseling with her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.
"The four of us meet on a weekly basis for counseling," Michelle explained in the most recent episode of "19 Kids and Counting." "I believe it is our responsibility to equip our children to be prepared for that next step in life of marriage."
It's no secret that the Duggar parents are thoroughly involved in their children's relationships; they see every text message exchange and even participate in the texts as well, and they thoroughly vet their children's suitors before the children even meet them. Jim Bob was the one to arrange the meeting between daughters Jill and Jessa and their husbands. more >>
Bret decides he wants to spend the rest of his life with his girlfriend Jovan and plans the most perfect wedding proposal. Instead of just taking her out to dinner and kneeling down, he does something extraordinary.
This is one of the most unique proposals to date! It will have you jumping in joy from start to finish. She is on a dinner date with one of her friends, until that friend step away to use the restroom, or she thought so. It turns into a big play singing and dancing extravaganza! Oh, and she says YES!
Clap along and smile to this awesome marriage proposal: more >>
For all those couples who have just become newlyweds, these are seven Bible verses that are great to live by. Nothing is more powerful than the word of God when it comes to LOVE, and you should use it to guide your marriage in a positive direction.
For most couple there is plenty of activities going on all the way up until your off to your honeymoon. After the honeymoon, than the real work of marriage begins. The word of God speaks to each married couple together and individually in order to help them grow in their relationship. A great way to start your marriage is to memorize these key scriptures and use them to guide you along the way.
Here are 7 great Bible verses for newlyweds: more >>