A federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage by a 2-to-1 vote on Thursday. The ruling overturns lower-court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions unconstitutional.
Observers say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling will most likely force the Supreme Court to make a decision on same-sex marriage for the nation.
"This circuit split means that the Supreme Court's ignoring of this issue will not be able to continue," said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. "The people of the states have the right to recognize marriage the way virtually every human culture has, as the union of a man and a woman. The Supreme Court should affirm this right, for all 50 states." more >>
Just imagine for a moment that you have no home.
What will you do for meals today? Where will you shower? Where will you sleep?
If you have children, how will you provide for them? more >>
Republican voters don't just support natural marriage -- they expect their candidates to! That was abundantly clear Tuesday, when local exit polls starting streaming in. For conservatives, the data was a gold mine on social issues that will help debunk the Left's tall tales about the popularity of same-sex "marriage." In state after state, voters refused to give an inch on marriage -- and instead exposed how exaggerated the cultural shift has been.
Despite what the media would have you believe, the public opinion battle has been a bigger one than the Left bargained for -- with most Americans' views barely budging on an institution the courts are so anxious to redefine. A month after a Pew poll showed support for same-sex "marriage" dipping, the issue was front and center in a few key Senate races -- including North Carolina, Iowa, and Arkansas.
Thom Tillis, who, just weeks ago, was down in his race, starting picking up steam when he took a public stand to defend the Tarheels' marriage amendment (which 57% still support). That's consistent with the stories in Kansas with Senator Pat Roberts (R) and Iowa, where Joni Ernst never wavered on a topic too many moderates run from. As much as the Republican Establishment hates to admit it, marriage was a key ingredient in the recipe to defeat Democrats. more >>
November's midterm election results are being called "The Red Wedding," a hat tip to the title of an episode from HBO's hit show Game of Thrones in which an entire dynasty is trounced in one episode. But the excitement over the red tide sweeping the nation isn't felt by all.
For some Christian citizens, we are facing newly elected officials and policies of which we are not particularly fond. Leaving us to raise the question, "Is government really a gift from God?"
With the hope of answering this question Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations at the National Association of Evangelicals (which represents 45,000 congregations from over 40 denominations), recently and offered a simple, but helpful summary of God's ordination of government. Speaking at Baltimore's New Hope Community Church, Carey laid out government's purpose, and how citizens should react to government even when we do not endorse our representatives nor their policies. more >>
A version of this article originally appeared in Politico Magazine Wednesday evening.
It might not have been 1994 or 2010, but 2014 was a wave all its own: A late-breaking surge that lifted Republicans to some surprisingly strong performances across the country.
Notably, though, the argument for this election being a "wave" has more to do with the House and gubernatorial races, as opposed to the main event, the Republican Senate takeover. more >>
In a potential introduction to the 2016 presidential race, an hour-long documentary about retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will air over the weekend in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
According to Right Side Wire, the rising 63-year-old conservative will be featured in a documentary that will air this weekend entitled "A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription For America."
The documentary is designed to provide greater insight into Carson's life and suggest that Carson may be running for president in 2016. The show will also inform viewers on how Carson has made a "political transformation" since he gained national conservative prominence for criticizing President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law during his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February of 2013. more >>