A federal judge struck down Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban on Monday after declaring it unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon found Nebraska law prohibiting same-sex marriage "facially discriminates based on gender" after rejecting the state's argument that the ban promotes family stability. The order takes effect on March 9 although state officials immediately appealed the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reported ABC News.
"Nebraska's 'Defense of Marriage' Constitutional Amendment, Section 29, is an unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens," Bataillon wrote in the 34-page-ruling. "The State primarily offers as its rational basis for this gender-specific discrimination the encouragement of biological family units. The essence of this rationale has been rejected by most courts and by no less than the Supreme Court. With the advent of modern science and modern adoption laws, same sex couples can and do responsibly raise children. Unfortunately, this law inhibits their commendable efforts." more >>
The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has been missing for over a month after he failed to return home following a trip to North Korea.
Lisa Pak, official spokesperson for both the family of Rev. Lim and Light Korean Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that Jan. 31 was the last time the pastor had contact with those he knew in Canada.
"[Lim] left Toronto on Jan. 27 for Seoul, then flew to China and crossed over the northern border of North Korea into the Rajin region," explained Pak. more >>
Since some people go into prison straight and come out gay, homosexuality must be a choice, neurosurgeon and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson told CNN Wednesday.
"New Day" host Chris Cuomo agreed that prison makes some people gay, but disgreed that that fact supports Carson's view that gay is a choice.
Carson was responding to a line of questioning about gay marriage. Cuomo was implicitly making the argument, often heard by same-sex marriage supporters, that denying same-sex couples a marriage license is akin to racism, and that the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, written to give former slaves equal rights, requires the redefinition of marriage. more >>
"Why are we scared today preachers? Everybody's coming out of the closet but the saints." – Alabama Pastor Cedric Hatcher
Pastor Cedric Hatcher recently expressed his bewilderment over the "normalization" of same-sex marriage at a recent Birmingham City Council meeting. Watch video: http://youtu.be/L9ukYpLP6G0
He asked, "Why are citizens allowing same-sex advocates to parade gay couples in front of children as if it were normal?" He passionately argued: Gay marriage is not normal nor is it Biblical. more >>
The Jewish Festival of Purim, celebrated this year on March 5th, "commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia (modern day Iran) from Haman's plot 'to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.'" Instead, Queen Esther, a Jewess, stepped forward and bravely saved her people.
Tuesday on Capitol Hill, we heard about another grave threat to the Jewish people. As I sat in the House Chamber and listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I heard a leader who respectfully but urgently conveyed a single, compelling message, the same message Esther gave to the Persian King Ahasuerus: the Jewish people are under threat, and need immediate help.
This was not, contrary to some press reports, a partisan event. Seated in front of me were former Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. These men are divided over many things, but united in their understanding that the American-Israel alliance must never be compromised. more >>
Nothing says America quite like smoking a pork butt and flying Old Glory.
"The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented," said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius.
So you can imagine Jeff's extreme displeasure when organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition ordered him – along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers. more >>