• SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    May 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has notified the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) that “the formal relationship between the SBC and the DCBC has come to an end.”

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  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    April 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator’s charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples. Squires followed federal law and Army chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-Southern Baptist Convention chaplain.

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  • Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    April 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    A U.S. Air Force colonel and devout Christian suspended and denied promotion after refusing to affirm same-sex marriage has won a legal appeal to reverse the disciplinary actions against him. Col. Leland Bohannon was restored April 3 to his military position and good standing.

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  • Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    March 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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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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  • 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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  • Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    January 30 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    Two same-sex couples filed lawsuits last week against the U.S. State Department, arguing it unlawfully discriminated against them by denying their children U.S. citizenship. The cases join a host of others involving reproductive technology and same-sex parenting working their way through the U.S. court system.

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  • High court permits conscience law to stand in Mississippi

    January 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court permits conscience law to stand in Mississippi

    The U.S. Supreme Court has left in effect a Mississippi law that protects the religious freedom of those who object to participating in a gay marriage or sex-reassignment surgery. The justices announced Jan. 8 without comment they would not review a lower court decision that permitted the law to go into effect.

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  • Christian bakers lose in Oregon appeals court

    January 3 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian bakers lose in Oregon appeals court

    Christian wedding vendors who decline to provide services for same-sex ceremonies have suffered another legal setback. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28 that the state did not violate the First Amendment rights of Aaron and Melissa Klein in a 2015 order that included a $135,000 fine.

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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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  • New research shows increased risks of same-sex parenting

    December 29 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    New research shows increased risks of same-sex parenting

    Contrary to the narrative pushed by academia and the mainstream media, there is increasing evidence that same-sex parenting has negative effects on children. An article published last month by Paul Sullins found children with same-sex parents suffer emotional problems two to three times as often as children raised by opposite-sex parents.

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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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