Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone, who is openly gay, has backed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was recently jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it is part of her religious freedom to deny the licenses.
"The county clerk … deserves about as much support as you would give her if she were a Muslim [woman] who insisted on covering her face and refused not only gay marriages licenses, but divorce, accusations of rape and driving a car without your man's approval," Ciccone, who directs music videos, wrote on his Facebook page Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A judge had ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to issue marriage licenses, but she cited "God's authority" as the reason to defy the June Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the nation. The judge ordered her arrest, and warned that any other clerk who refuses to issue licenses could also be found in contempt of court. more >>
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A group of atheists who meet regularly under the guise of a church that worships bacon has attracted over 10,000 new members after offering free weddings and baptisms with the promise of marrying couples before something that is "real."
The organization, named the United Church of Bacon, was started in 2010 in Las Vegas by atheist John Whiteside who says he created the group to fight discrimination against atheists.
In just three months' time, the church's membership has shot up by 12,000, thanks to a free wedding offer on its website. more >>
Adrienne Bailon, co-host of "The Real" daytime TV show, recently announced that she broke off an engagement to her boyfriend of six years, music executive Lenny Santiago. Despite the emotional breakup, Bailon says she feels blessed.
"Life lessons are hard but I'm grateful that I have a platform to share my journey and hopefully encourage, inspire, or just let women know they are not alone and to never give up on finding love. I still believe," Bailon told Us Weekly.
Although she's staying positive, Bailon admits that breaking up with someone you're emotionally attached to isn't easy. more >>
For those who ask about lovemaking with a spouse while you're separated: I address this both as one who works with marriage problems and my role as a sexologist. I give only three reasons FOR and three reasons AGAINST.
Pro: Reasons to make love with your separated spouse: 1) Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that plays a significant role in bonding people together (see http://bit.ly/1eHshYc). It is present in greatest amounts when it induces childbirth. However, it is also present in great quantities when a human orgasms. If people have sex with each other, some oxytocin is released by their touching, kissing, lovemaking, and a much greater amount is produced within each person if s/he orgasms. Therefore, making love with your separated spouse may well create within him/her a sense of closeness with you.
2) Orgasm helps to reduce anxiety and tension, helps reduction of physical problems that are caused or exacerbated by anxiety or tension, and can help you sleep. Because of the tensions and anxieties most separated spouses feel, making love to the point of orgasm can be a very good thing. (By the way, especially in me orgasm can significantly reduce irritability.) more >>
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other second-tier Republican presidential candidates shared differing views Thursday night on whether Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and other public officials have the right to exercise their religious belief in traditional marriage while serving public office after the Supreme Court has nationalized same-sex marriage.
During CNN's first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, which featured the four lowest polling GOP presidential nominees, Jindal was first asked to give his opinion on the 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas who was wrongly arrested for bringing a clock to school and how America should handle the fine line between keeping America safe from radical Islam and not discriminating against Arab-Americans.
After Jindal gave a response bashing radical Islam that challenged Muslim leaders to stand up against extremism, he added that the biggest discrimination problem that America should be focusing on is the discrimination against Christians who publicly stand by their religious belief in natural marriage. Jindal referenced Davis, a Christian Kentucky county clerk who was jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her objection to having her name and title authorizing same-sex marriage certificates. more >>