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  • Gay marriage legalized in Australia & Austria

    December 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gay marriage legalized in Australia & Austria

    Australia’s Parliament legalized same-sex marriage Dec. 7, following a court ruling doing the same in Austria two days earlier, the Associated Press reported. Churches and religious organizations in Australia are allowed under the new law to boycott gay weddings without violating existing anti-discrimination mandates, the AP said.

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  • Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    December 7 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    Religious liberty advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court with some hope that the justices would rule in favor of a Colorado cake artist. The high court heard oral arguments in a major free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion case at the center of the contentious debate between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

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  • High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    December 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers in its effort to determine if a state can require a cake artist to design a cake for a same-sex wedding in spite of his free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion rights. The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop.

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  • Former fire chief Cochran’s rights aired in court

    November 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former fire chief Cochran’s rights aired in court

    A federal court is weighing not only former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran’s right to express his beliefs but the right of others as well, religious liberty advocates say. Federal Judge Leigh Martin May heard arguments Nov. 17 in Atlanta regarding the city’s 2015 firing of Cochran.

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  • Air Force punishes colonel over marriage views

    October 18 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Air Force punishes colonel over marriage views

    U.S. Air Force officials have suspended a decorated officer and revoked his recommendation for promotion to brigadier general because he would not sign an unofficial document affirming a retiring subordinate’s same-sex marriage. 

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  • SBTS trustees adopt gender, sexuality statement

    October 11 2017 by SBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    SBTS trustees adopt gender, sexuality statement

    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees unanimously approved a recommendation to adopt The Nashville Statement as an official part of the school’s confessional documents Oct. 9 during its fall meeting. The seminary’s board of trustees also responded to additional motions, heard financial reports, and celebrated record student enrollment from the previous academic year.

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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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  • Couple fights to limit videos to biblical marriage

    September 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Couple fights to limit videos to biblical marriage

    Christian filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen are asking a district court to reinstate their challenge to a Minnesota law that could force them to produce media supporting same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Court in Minnesota dismissed the couple’s lawsuit against the state over portions of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, which bans sexual orientation discrimination.

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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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  • Court urged to protect cake artist’s religious freedom

    September 12 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court urged to protect cake artist’s religious freedom

    Forcing an artist to create a cake for a same-sex wedding in contradiction to his beliefs is a “de facto religious test” that violates the First Amendment, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) said. The ERLC urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling in a friend-of-the-court brief.

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  • Evangelicals counter ‘agree to disagree’ sexuality

    August 30 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals counter ‘agree to disagree’ sexuality

    A coalition of evangelical leaders, including about 70 Southern Baptists, has issued a statement on biblical sexuality countering the idea that Christians “should agree to disagree” in their views of homosexual practice and transgenderism. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood announced Aug. 29 the release of The Nashville Statement.

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  • Targeted for marriage beliefs, judge appeals to high court

    August 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Targeted for marriage beliefs, judge appeals to high court

    A longtime municipal judge and circuit court magistrate is seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court after the state of Wyoming fired her for telling a reporter she believes marriage is between a man and a woman. The state violated Neely’s right to free speech, her Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys said.

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  • Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    August 4 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    A self-employed evangelical Christian photographer can reject job requests based on her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage, a Wisconsin county court and government officials have agreed. The ruling has no bearing on similar religious liberty cases of two other business owners represented by Lawson’s attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom, as those businesses are based outside Wisconsin.

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  • Peterson retracts same-sex marriage endorsement

    July 14 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Peterson retracts same-sex marriage endorsement

    Evangelical leader Eugene Peterson, 84, author of “The Message” Bible translation, set social media ablaze after a July 12 story was released. The question and answer format by Jonathan Merritt asked Peterson about his latest and last book, as well as questions about politics, the American church and same-sex marriage.

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  • Eugene Peterson’s homosexuality views draw Baptists’ focus

    July 13 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Eugene Peterson’s homosexuality views draw Baptists’ focus

    Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for “The Message” paraphrase of scripture, reportedly said in an interview he does not believe homosexuality is sinful and would perform a same-sex wedding if asked. LifeWay Christian Resources said it will stop selling all works by Peterson if he confirms he holds the views reported.

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