Republicans in Virginia's legislature are considering measures meant to protect religious groups and individuals from having to perform gay weddings due to the Supreme Court's recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
While the beginning of the next session of the General Assembly is still months away, GOP legislators are mulling various possible religious liberty measures.
"Republicans have not specified what proposals they plan to offer, but House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, has asked Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, deputy majority leader and a former prosecutor, to review what other states have done before they decide what action to take in Virginia," reported Jenna Portnoy of The Washington Post. more >>
When it comes to preserving religious freedom for Christian schools, the Senate's second ranking Democrat says, "I'll have to think hard and long about that."
On Wednesday, in lieu of the Supreme Court's recent decision on gay marriage, Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, was asked about revoking the tax status of religious schools. He and other Senate Democrats claim to be undecided on the matter.
"There's no question this was an historic decision," said Durbin, "and now we're going to go through a series of suggestions for new laws to implement it." more >>
More than $210,000 has been raised in support of the Oregon Christian bakers who are being forced by the state to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to a lesbian couple for declining to bake them a wedding cake in 2013, an act that would have violated their deeply-held religious convictions.
Although an online fundraiser established on GoFundMe.com to support Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, raised over $100,009 in nine hours in April, the campaign was taken off the website because the Kleins had been "formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law."
After removing the Kleins' fundraiser, GoFundMe later revised its user policy to state that the site can't be used to raise money in "defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts." The website additionally shut down the fundraiser for Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington florist who's also facing heavy fines for not working a gay wedding. more >>
Same-sex "marriage" isn't about building homes -- it's about destroying them. Ask Aaron and Melissa Klein. The Christian bakers just learned that they stand to lose a lot more than their business for following their faith on marriage. According to the state, it could cost them their house too.
In another sickening twist, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is ordering the family to pay their $135,000 fine by next Monday or the state will put a lien on their home.
Apparently, Commissioner Brad Avakian is so fiercely committed to his agenda that he's willing to put five kids on the street to prove it. Conform or go homeless. Sounds like tolerance to me! Like florist Barronelle Stutzman, whose home also hangs in the court's balance, the Klein's are finding out how low the Left is willing to sink to demand conformity on their redefinition of marriage. more >>
Two Baptist universities in Texas and a Pennsylvania-based seminary are taking their lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary filed an appeal on Wednesday with the Supreme Court seeking exemption from the HHS mandate.
"Petitioners are two religious colleges and a theological seminary that provide generous healthcare plans to their employees. Those plans include free access to fourteen different kinds of contraceptives," reads the petition for appeal. more >>
Keeping a job because of religious beliefs "should not even be a dilemma for anybody in this country," said Kelvin J. Cochran, who was fired by Atlanta's mayor for authoring a book critical of sexual sin, including homosexuality.
Cochran, 55, made national news in January when he was sacked by Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed for authoring a book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? The book covered issues of human sexuality from a Christian worldview and was critical of sexual behavior that deviates from Christian teaching.