Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
BBC: “President Yoweri Museveni is asking the US to advise Uganda’s scientists about homosexuality, as he considers whether to sign a law increasing punishments.”
Deutsche Welle: “The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe on Friday dismissed on procedural grounds a request from a Berlin district court to rule on whether gay couples living in a registered civil partnership could adopt children.”
BBC: “A UK Supreme Court judge has made a strong case in favour of gay marriage. Speaking at Queen’s University, Belfast, he wondered how long Northern Ireland would ‘be able to hold back the tide in favour of same-sex marriages.’”
AFP: “Misunderstood, dismissed and often hidden, polyamory, or having several romantic relationships simultaneously, is slowly coming out into the open in Germany aided by the efforts of a counsellor and support network.”
Theos Think Tank: “The ruling of the Scottish Charities Appeals Panel (SCAP) that St Margaret’s adoption agency can keep its charitable status was always going to be overblown. For the National Secular Society, it is depicted as a major setback to the equality agenda, a shameful capitulation to homophobes. To some Catholics it represents a victory in an ongoing culture war against the secular liberal establishment. The truth conforms to neither narrative.”
Reuters: “Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality.”
Wall Street Journal: “The decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and posted on the government’s website Thursday, also reiterates a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples who are in unions ‘recognized as marriages and registered in accordance with the law of a country where such marriages are permitted.’”
Tim Stanley at The Telegraph: “Whatever you think of their message, the sentinelles prove that European orthodox (ie “not liberal”) Catholicism is far from dead. The anti-gay marriage protests came as a complete surprise because everyone assumed that secularism and liberalism had triumphed in the culture wars. In fact, there are a great many people out there for whom faith and tradition still matter. The silent vigil is, then, a profound statement. It’s a quiet reminder that not everyone got the memo about God being dead.”
CBC: “A Vancouver baby has just become the first child in British Columbia with three parents listed on a birth certificate. Three-month-old Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards is the daughter of lesbian parents and their male friend.”
AP: “A U.N. committee on children’s rights urged Russia on Wednesday to repeal its law banning pro-gay ‘propaganda’ that could be accessible to minors, arguing that the legislation encourages discrimination and even violence.”
AP: “U.S. Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has condemned a Russian law restricting gay-rights activity as Sochi prepares to host the Winter Olympics.”
BBC: “A bill which allows same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.”
Reuters: “France’s Socialist government dropped plans on Monday to update family law this year after huge weekend protests by conservatives against gay-friendly reforms they say harm traditional families.”
Yahoo: “Over 100,000 conservative French marched through Paris and Lyon on Sunday accusing the government of ‘family-phobia’ for legalizing gay marriage and other planned policies they say will harm traditional families.”
Scottish Catholic Observer: “The community of St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society has reacted with joy and relief after the Scottish Charity Appeal Panel today ruled that the agency can keep its charitable status and continue to operate.”
Catholic Culture: “Under the amended concordat, which was signed by the apostolic nuncio and Malta’s foreign minister on January 27, ‘parties will be able to continue an action for the nullity of a marriage celebrated as a canonical marriage before the civil courts notwithstanding the fact that one of the parties may have filed an action for nullity of the marriage before the ecclesiastical tribunals after the commencement of the civil action.’”
Washington Post: “With little more than two months to go before Britain’s first same-sex marriage, the College of Bishops issued a statement saying that ‘no change’ to the Church of England’s teaching on marriage is proposed or envisioned. The statement came after an all-day meeting at Church House in central London Monday (Jan. 27) attended by 90 bishops and eight women participant observers.”
The Tico Times: “The four highest polling candidates in Costa Rica’s presidential race have all stated they would expand benefits to gay couples, including property rights, though none have openly supported same-sex marriages.”
BBC: “A Barnsley couple has threatened the government with legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage.”
BBC: “Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has refused to approve a controversial bill to toughen punishments for homosexuals.”
The Times of Israel: “Several dozen surrogate babies born, or about to be born, in Thailand — through the arrangements of Israeli couples — are unable to come to Israel because the Interior Ministry has not granted Israeli citizenship to the infants, according to an advocacy group formed around the issue.”
Washington Times: “Responding to a question from an Olympics volunteer during a visit in the Black Sea resort city, Putin vowed that gays face no discrimination in Russia and could feel ‘at ease.’ But he emphasized that because of the new Russian law, they cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone under age.”
Ria Novosti: “Russia has mounted a diplomatic offensive against ‘gay propaganda,’ accusing the EU in a new report of trying to promote an ‘alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life.’”
Politico: “Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned a new law in Nigeria prohibiting same-sex marriages, calling it a ‘dangerous’ restriction on freedom.”
Haaretz: The adviser, attorney Rabbi Shimon Yaakobi, is asking the High Court of Justice to reject the petition of the mother – who petitioned the High Court after the rabbinical court ordered her to pay 500 shekels a day ($143) until she agrees to have her son circumcised - and to cancel the interim injunction postponing the implementation of the Supreme Rabbinical Court ruling.
BBC: A Church of Scotland minister who said being gay was a disorder and perversion has been removed from a chaplaincy role at the Gaelic School in Glasgow.
The Christian Institute: Parents who believe in traditional marriage are being sidelined by draft sex education guidance, Scotland for Marriage has warned. The pro-marriage group said under the proposals, teaching about marriage will be downgraded in sex education.
TheLocal.de: Germany’s new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks quietly came out this week in a newspaper interview. She is the country’s first openly lesbian cabinet member.
TimesofIndia: Premarital sex is “immoral” and against the “tenets of every religion”, a Delhi court has said while holding that every act of sexual intercourse between two adults on the promise of marriage does not become rape.
Christian Institute: The Children’s Commissioner for England believes parents should be banned from smacking their children.
The Hill: Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is calling on Uganda’s president to veto an anti-gay bill that would impose a life sentence for committing “aggravated homosexuality.”
AP: India’s government asked the Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.
AP: Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality,” drawing criticism from rights campaigners who called it draconian and unnecessary in a country where homosexuality has long been criminalized.
Buzz Feed: The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday it is contributing $100,000 to the Russia Freedom Fund, an initiative created to support of the LGBT movement’s fight against discrimination and anti-LGBT laws in the country.
The Guardian: The definition of family has changed in recent years, now co-parenting is rewriting it completely. These mothers and fathers have relationships based on legal agreements and counselling rather than dates, romance and sex. But they all have one thing in common: the desire to have a child
LifeSiteNews: An Italian high court has dismissed the sentence in a case of pedophilia on the grounds that there was “romance” involved between the 60 year-old social services worker and the 11 year-old girl in his care.
Media And Politicians Want To Impose Same-sex “marriage” – But Citizens Fight Back. The Case Of Estonia
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The controversial “Lunacek-Report” was rubberstamped in yesterday’s session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and will probably be voted in one of the Parliament’s plenary sessions in January. The support of Socialists, Communists, and Greens for this radical paper is not really surprising (after all these groups are known to have embraced same-sex “marriage”, homosexual adoption, etc. as part of their social agenda) – but with regard to the Conservative and Christian Democrat members of the committee one is tempted to wonder whether they have really understood what they have raised their hands for. The experience with the Estrela-Report should have taught them to be more watchful.
AP: President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is – and isn’t – sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
Christian Institute: Several prominent MSPs could lose their seats over their support for same-sex marriage, a campaign group has warned. In ten constituencies, the number of people who are against gay marriage is greater than the MSPs’ respective majorities, according to a list produced by Scotland for Marriage.
Evangelical Financial Council of Canada Report: Last week the EFC delivered its proposal for reform to Canada’s prostitution laws to the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety. Read the report and the EFC’s recommendations in Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada – Putting an End to Demand.
Edge on the Net (AP): Bachelet has long supported same-sex marriage and abortion in cases of rape or risk to a woman’s health, but hardly mentioned them during her first presidential race. She spoke out for both this campaign.
LifeSiteNews: On the heels of last week’s Indian Supreme Court decision that upheld the country’s laws against any form of “unnatural sex,” which has been interpreted as including sodomy, bestiality, rape and sexual abuse of children, the government is reportedly considering working to repeal the law.
Christian Post: Kids need dads, according to a neurobiological study published this month in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The absence of fathers during childhood may lead to impaired behavioral and social abilities, and brain defects, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, found.
Religion Clause Blog: In Commonwealth of Australia v. Australian Capital Territory, (Australia High Ct., Dec. 12, 2013), Australia’s highest court invalidated the Australian Capital Territory’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 as inconsistent with federal law. As summarized by the High Court’s press release . . .
Christian Institute: The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, who has rushed through the Royal Assent for the Same Sex Marriage Bill, claims this historic departure from centuries of tradition is merely “another step in the evolution of marriage”.
Art Leonard Observations: Responding to a request from a French court for an interpretation of European law, the 5th Chamber of the European Court of Justice ruled today, December 12, that an employee of a French bank who requested leave and a marriage bonus under the employer’s policy on the occasion of his entering into a pact civil (the French equivalent of a civil union) with his same-sex partner in 2007 had suffered direct discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the employer’s denial of the benefit under Article 2(2) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC, which implements the obligation for Member States to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in employment. The unanimous decision in Hay v. Credit agricole, Case C-267/12 . . .
AP: President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil.
LifeSiteNews: As the Mexican senate debates the creation of homosexual “marriage,” the country’s media are trumpeting a survey that claims to show shows that the majority Mexicans are in favor of legalizing such unions. However, Juan Dabdoub, president of Mexico’s Confamilia (Mexican Family Council), told LifeSiteNews.com that the statistics are “an elegant way of telling lies.” The survey “omits any reference to the structure of the sample,” he told us.
AP: Less than two weeks after Croatians voted to ban gay marriage, their government has proposed granting same-sex couples new legal rights.
AP: African peacekeepers fired into the air Thursday in Central African Republic’s chaotic capital, trying to disperse a huge mob bent on hunting down and killing Muslims taking refuge in a church compound.
Yahoo News (AFP): The United States has voiced concern about a ruling by India’s Supreme Court which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex which could see same-sex lovers imprisoned.
BBC: Australia’s High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
LifeSiteNews: In response to a campaign titled “Imaginary Couples,” in which famous heterosexuals are portrayed as homosexual couples to promote gay “marriage,” a group of anonymous young Peruvians have launched their own marriage-promoting campaign on Facebook, titled “Real Couples.”
AP: But Australia’s first gay marriages could be short lived, with the High Court to rule Thursday on a federal government challenge to the validity of the Australian Capital Territory law.
YNetNews: In Mexico, President Peres stresses support of same-sex couples’ right to wed, start families while enjoying same rights as heterosexuals. Meanwhile, two bills attempting to legalize same-sex marriages make their way through Knesset
Moscow Times: A court in Arkhangelsk has found two LGBT activists guilty of promoting “non-traditional” relationships to minors and fined each of them 4,000 rubles ($120).
UPI: The decision by the Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint by gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alexeyev, who said the St. Petersburg city council acted unconstitutionally when it passed an ordinance banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors.
Christian Institute: The Methodist Church is consulting its 250,000-plus members on whether it should “revise” its understanding of marriage in light of the new gay marriage law.
AP: A bill that would decriminalize prostitutes and fine their customers passed France’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday by a wide margin.
LA Times: Despite fierce opposition from conservative and religious lawmakers, Israel’s parliament is considering legislation to grant gay couples equality in tax benefits.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A recent study found that 78% of transgender people in Ireland have considered suicide, and news sources are using this finding to call attention to Ireland’s lack of a law recognizing gender identity. As the Irish Times points out . . .
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Once again we see that the case for same-sex “marriage” cannot survive in a free and frank discussion. The first objective of the homosexual agitprop is always to curtail public debate and to silence their opponents, be it by gagging orders or, as we have seen in some other cases, through physical violence.
Telegraph: Sir Paul Coleridge, the High Court judge who set up the Marriage Foundation, discloses he decided to step down from the bench because of opposition to his stance on marriage.
Christian Institute: A “key reason” for the Tories losing support to UKIP is the Conservatives’ “modernising agenda” on issues like gay marriage, The Sunday Telegraph has said.
Christian Institute: Evangelical group – Forward Together – has criticised the Scottish Parliament’s decision to back same-sex marriage saying they are unconvinced that Holyrood can protect those who have conscientious objections to the redefinition.
English Manif Blog: Taiwan nailed it! 300,000 people gathered today at the landmark Ketagalan Boulevard to defend traditional marriage. Placards read “No to Amending Civil Law 972″, and a baby face with “Made in Daddy and Mommy”.
LifeSiteNews: Even “some of our clergy” have lost confidence in the truth about marriage, life and religious liberty, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix warned at a major meeting of Catholic leaders held in Mexico City November 16-19. This loss of confidence comes as a result of the relentless attack from secular culture, he said, adding that if Christians don’t maintain their confidence in these “tough truths” it will hurt the spread of the Gospel.
Religion Clause Blog: In Croatia yesterday, voters authorized a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage. AP reports that with nearly all the votes counted, the state electoral commission said that 65% of those voting answered “yes” to the question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?” 34% voted “no”.
Telegraph: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.
Yahoo News (Reuters): Some 131,000 people were newly infected with HIV in Europe and nearby countries in 2012, an 8 percent rise from a year earlier and a worrying reversal of a recent downward trend in AIDS cases in the West.