Attorneys for a Christian florist in Washington who refused to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony have asked a court to dismiss the state attorney general's lawsuit against her.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the suit against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, in April. But Stutzman's attorneys, including those from Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a motion in Benton County Superior Court last week arguing that Ferguson does not have the authority to act against her at this point.
The legal action by Ferguson was particularly inappropriate, an ADF press release states, because he received no complaint about the incident but rather learned about it through media reports. more >>
One of the few Native American tribes in the U.S. that approves of same-sex marriage has begun officiating same-sex marriages in Oklahoma, in spite of the state's ban against the practice. Couples who are married by the tribe will receive federal marriage benefits but not state benefits.
The Cheyenne-Arapaho tribe in Oklahoma is one of few tribes in the country to recognize same-sex marriage, and told couple Darren Black Bear, 45, and his partner Jason Pickel, 36, that it would agree to officiate their upcoming nuptials. As a federally-recognized Native American tribe, the Cheyenne-Arapahoe is allowed to approve of laws for its land and people, and although its approval of same-sex marriage will not be recognized by the state of Oklahoma, it will be recognized federally, and therefore Black Bear and Pickel will receive the federal benefits awarded to them through the June Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Black Bear told the Associated Press that he hopes other tribes in the U.S. will follow suit and begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses as well. "The fact that the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes here in Oklahoma are progressive enough to follow federal guidelines, I'm pretty sure that [others will] start issuing marriage licenses within their tribes. I'm hopeful they will," he said. more >>
Kandi Burruss, the singer-songwriter, producer and reality television star, may have eloped with her fiance Todd Tucker in Mexico.
After Tucker took to his Instagram to post images of a small altar, with white-draped furniture in Mexico fans and several media outlets began to speculate about the producer possibly having an impromptu destination wedding with Burruss.
"Here's to new beginnings," Tucker captioned the Instagram image. "Life is good!!!" more >>
Political discussions commonly assume there are two separate sets of issues.
There's a social agenda - issues like abortion and marriage. And there's an economic agenda - issues like federal spending, debt, taxes, and government programs like entitlements.
It's usually assumed that these two agendas don't have anything to do with each other. more >>
1. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."- 1 Peter 4:8
- This is a very important life verse for marriage because marriage is a unification of two sinners. No one is perfect in a marriage. There will be times that a husband or wife may fail each other, mess up, or do something hurtful. It is important to remember God's definition of love and know that loving each other deeply can cover all those sins. This verse reminds us the true power of love!
After a four year legal battle with the city of Stevenson in Alabama, a 74-year-old widower has reached a compromise to have his deceased wife, currently buried in his front yard, removed and cremated. He was previously sued by the city for burying his wife in his front yard, per her wishes, without a permit. Since the legal battle began four years ago, the widower has gone to great lengths, including temporarily naming his house as a place of worship, to keep his wife buried in his front yard.
James Davis lost his wife, Patsy, in 2009 after she suffered a series of health ailments that left her in severe pain; eventually, doctors reportedly told Davis that it would be better for her to pass, as extending her life would result in more pain. The couple had been married for 48 years and had five children together, and, granting her dying wish, Davis buried her in the front yard of the log cabin they built together and shared for decades.
Davis did initially seek a permit to have his wife legally buried in his front yard, but the Stevenson City Council voted to deny his request. He ignored the decision and buried his wife anyway, and he was sued by the city a month later. Davis has now been involved in a four year legal battle with the city, and his most recent appearance in court was earlier this week when the state Supreme Court ruled in a 5-3 decision to refuse to take up Stevenson's appeal, thus upholding a previous court's ruling that Stevenson remove his wife's remains. more >>