News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state's constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost unnoticed.
The case involved a same-sex couple married in Iowa that sought a divorce in Tennessee. Because Tennessee does not recognize same-sex relationships as marriages, it was unable to divorce the couple.
Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., cited the Supreme Court's decision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act case, U.S. v. Windsor as support that Tennessee has the right to define marriage for itself. "The Windsor case is concerned with the definition of marriage, only as it applies to federal laws, and does not give an opinion concerning whether one State must accept as valid a same-sex marriage allowed in another State," he wrote. more >>
After God created the world, one of the first things that concerned Him was that we did not go through life alone. He said in Genesis 2:18, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him." So along with creating this beautiful earth, God also created marriage between a man and woman.
Unfortunately, right after that was the fall of man in Genesis 3. It would change things forever, and one area where we can see sin is in the marriage relationship. Divorce is a very common thing lately, even for churchgoers that are strong in faith.
The topic of divorce has many scriptures that we can look to for answers. Whether it be about divorce being allowed, what happens when a spouse dies, and what Jesus had to say about divorce while he was still on earth. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay in a lower court decision ruling the Commonwealth of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
The nation's highest court granted a request to delay the decision on Wednesday, which means that for the time being Virginia's constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman remains in effect.
Attorney General Mark Herring, who months back refused to defend the Commonwealth's ban, nonetheless said in a statement that he approved of the delay. more >>
Christian couples should marry sooner, an ethicist and a pastor with the largest Protestant denomination in the United States argue.
Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Jon Akin, senior pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, made the argument in a column for the Baptist Press earlier this week. While not advocating a specific age for marriage and noting the diverse situations for people, young people should still look toward marriage sooner, they said.
"We do not advocate a specific age; rather, we believe that young people should make themselves 'marry-able' younger," wrote Walker and Akin. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star, and newlywed, Jill Duggar is pregnant with her first child, the reality star revealed.
Jill, 23, and husband Derick, 25, were married on June 21 in front of family and friends. They shared their first kiss at the ceremony and then took a honeymoon to celebrate the occasion.
Successful marriages are linked to wedding size and premarital sexual relations, a new study from University of Virginia's National Marriage Project finds.
Those with happy marriages were more likely to have had a large number of guests at their wedding and have had fewer romantic relationships prior to getting married, according to the study, "Before 'I Do:' What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today's Young Adults?" by Galena K. Rhoades, research associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver, and Scott M. Stanley, research professor and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.
The researchers speculate that those with prior relationships have difficulties in marriage because they are able to compare their current spouse to previous partners, and devoting oneself to a single spouse may be more difficult after having a lot of experience. more >>