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  • ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    July 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    The Revoice Conference for “LGBT Christians,” which provoked a messenger question at June’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28. Revoice states its aim on the conference website as “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians …

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  • BGCT: CBF decision driven by ‘biblical truth’

    February 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BGCT: CBF decision driven by ‘biblical truth’

    The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ decision to stop forwarding churches’ contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention’s president and executive director.

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  • T-shirts now in religious liberty battle’s spotlight

    February 15 2018 by Art Toalston & Kentucky Today staff | with 0 comments
    T-shirts now in religious liberty battle’s spotlight

    Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals apparel company, has become another figure in the battle over religious liberty for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival because of his Christian beliefs. Adamson was charged with violating a fairness ordinance for refusing to print T-shirts ordered by Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

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  • LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    February 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) decision to lift its absolute ban of hiring homosexual and transgender individuals has drawn diverse reactions from within the Fellowship – and predictions that churches on both sides of the ideological spectrum could break ties with the CBF.

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  • CBF nixes ‘absolute’ LGBT hiring ban, maintains it for leaders

    February 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    CBF nixes ‘absolute’ LGBT hiring ban, maintains it for leaders

    The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) Governing Board has voted to lift the Fellowship’s “absolute prohibition” of hiring homosexual and transgender employees. But CBF “leadership positions in ministry” and missionary roles still will be limited to individuals “who practice a traditional Christian sexual ethic of celibacy in singleness or faithfulness in marriage between a woman and man.”

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  • Gay marriage reversed in Bermuda

    February 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gay marriage reversed in Bermuda

    The Bermuda Legislature has outlawed same-sex marriage only months after the Bermuda Supreme Court approved such unions there, making the island the first nation to reverse gay marriage. The Bermuda Legislature approved the Domestic Partnership Act after a public referendum in favor of traditional marriage, effectively reversing the Bermuda Supreme Court ruling.

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  • LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claims

    January 29 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claims

    A survey claiming a decrease in Americans’ comfort level with homosexual acts and individuals has met skepticism from two Christians who study sexuality and culture. But if the survey accurately reflects public sentiment, they say, it could indicate the Bible’s lingering influence on society.

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  • Barbie for gay marriage

    January 2 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 1 comments
    Barbie for gay marriage

    The recent push by toymaker Mattel for a more inclusive Barbie doll has gone beyond body types. In late November, the company revealed Barbie supports LGBT relationships. The post on the official BarbieStyle Instagram account shows Barbie with the fashion blogger Aimee Song-inspired doll, both wearing “Love Wins” shirts.

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  • Supreme Court passes on a case redefining ‘sex’

    December 29 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court passes on a case redefining ‘sex’

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal last week to hear a case seeking to expand the definition of “sex” in federal employment law to include sexual orientation only delays the inevitable court battle in the war on words. Similar cases are making their way through the lower courts with mixed results.

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  • Individual rights & sexuality aired at NOBTS forum

    October 11 2017 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 1 comments
    Individual rights & sexuality aired at NOBTS forum

    Advocates from several perspectives on same-sex marriage discussed the politically charged issues, which often pit the church against the prevailing culture, during a forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The “Rights and Sexuality: Where Individual Freedoms and Civil Rights Meet” event was sponsored by the Institute for Faith and the Public Square.

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  • Edith Windsor, same-sex marriage pioneer, dies at 88

    September 15 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Edith Windsor, same-sex marriage pioneer, dies at 88

    Edith Windsor, a homosexual rights activist whose lawsuit prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, died Sept. 12. She was 88. The Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling granted states the ability to legalize same-sex marriage and paved the way for nationwide legalization of the practice.

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  • Ministry sues over ‘hate group’ label

    September 1 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Ministry sues over ‘hate group’ label

    One Christian ministry has apparently had enough of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s disparaging “hate group” characterization. D. James Kennedy Ministries filed a lawsuit alleging the Southern Poverty Law Center “trafficked in false and misleading descriptions” of the ministry and that other entities also named in the suit perpetuated the libel.

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  • From transgender to transformed

    August 9 2017 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    From transgender to transformed

    Francine Perry and her daughter, Laura, recently sat down to look at family photos. As they reflected on the good times, they also could see how God was at work, especially through the difficult times. On the heels of rebellious teenage years, Laura lived as a transgender man for nearly a decade of her adult life. ...

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  • Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    July 27 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    President Trump suddenly reversed military policy on transgender individuals July 26, announcing on Twitter the United States would not “accept or allow” people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the armed forces. Trump’s announcement came a year after the Obama administration repealed the prohibition.

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  • Church of England decision reminder to ‘guard the flock’

    July 17 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Church of England decision reminder to ‘guard the flock’

    A global group of conservative Anglicans has decried the Church of England’s (C of E) affirmation of transgender lifestyles and its disapproval of homosexual conversion therapy. The chairman of the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference said the votes at the General Synod’s July sessions of the C of E in York are evidence of false teaching.

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