Lawmakers: Atlanta fire chief fired for believing the Bible

Five answers to frequently asked questions about Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta fire chief #FiredForFaith

Fire chief sues city of Atlanta over unjust termination

Travis judge rules Texas marriage law unconstitutional

Are all divorces necessary?

Staver: Alabama judges bound by law, not by judge’s order

New developments concerning fired Atlanta fire chief

It’s wake up time, city of Charlotte

The most surprising same-sex marriage poll we’ve seen in a while

How the welfare state penalizes parents who marry

Army considers easing policy on transgender soldiers

This seemingly innocent ordinance is a major threat to your privacy

Same-sex marriage, racism, and what everyone misses about the inevitability of social change

Hooked up and tied down: The neurological consequences of sadomasochism

U.S. won’t help fight Boko Haram until Nigeria accepts homosexuality, birth control, bishop says

‘Polyamorous’ woman loses fight with Catholic Church

In sort-of-defense of Roy Moore

    The New York Times:
    But Moore’s frustration with the process by which gay marriage has arrived in his state, as opposed to the ultimate outcome, is understandable. The process has been peculiar. This is what has been at issue in Alabama since Jan. 23, when District Court Judge Callie V. Granade struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage. District-court rulings, even if they’re about important matters of policy, usually affect only the people involved in the case in question. They don’t typically make law for an entire state; that responsibility falls to a state’s highest court, or a federal appeals court — in this case the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit — or eventually the Supreme Court, which makes law for the country.

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Groups seek Alabama Supreme Court mandamus to stop same-sex marriage licenses

    Religion Clause: While Probate Judges in 50 of Alabama’s 67 counties have begun to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, opposition to a federal district court’s invalidation of the state’s same-sex marriage ban has not ended. The Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program filed a petition (full text) with the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking a writ of mandamus ordering county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize licenses issued to them. The petition argues that fededral court injunctions aimed at the state’s attorney general do not bind probate judges. The Supreme Court yesterday issued an order, with two justices filing dissenting opinions, (full text) ordering respondents to file answers by Feb. 18. Justice Shaw dissenting said: “I would urge restraint and would urge this Court not to interject more confusion into what is already a very confusing situation.” Also yesterday Equality Alabama filed and amicus brief (full text) urging dismissal of the petition. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Ku Klux Klan faction called for support of efforts to defy federal court same-sex marriage rulings.

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Nebraska clerks, couples prepare for ruling on same-sex marriage

Italy’s top court: ‘No right to same-sex marriage’

U.S. military approves Manning’s “gender reassignment” hormone treatment

What ‘Frozen’ says about love in middle America

How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds

Feds’ interference on same-sex marriage has Alabama Catholics speaking out

Judge tangled up over tying the knot

Balancing religious rights, nondiscrimination a tall order for Utah lawmakers

Oklahoma bill would protect clergy who won’t perform same-sex marriages

Five facts about cohabitation you may not know

Named Person judgment to be appealed by campaigners

Ashers court action ‘over the top’ – Presbyterian leader

Liberty Counsel: We will defend – or deal with – Alabama judges

Porn goes mainstream

Elevate your marriage during National Marriage Week

The death of the rule of law in Alabama

Committee of the Kansas Board of Regents to study implications of same-sex marriage

Italy’s top appeals court rejects same-sex marriage, update

    ANSA: Italy’s highest appeals court on Monday rejected same-sex marriage, saying there was nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to gays. However, the Cassation Court added that homosexuals have the right to a “protective” law that would ensure same-sex couples have the same rights as unmarried Italian couples. Neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions between same-sex partners are legally recognized in Italy but some cities, including Rome, have a civil union register.

  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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Redefining marriage redefines parenthood

Media reports wrong on decision in NJ same-sex attraction counseling case

    Via Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund: Contrary to several media reports, a New Jersey court has not ruled that a counseling referral service that provides help to people with unwanted same-sex attraction has violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act or that faith-based counselors violate the act when they express their views. The court did not make any findings of fact and preserved the First Amendment defenses of JONAH, the counseling referral service sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Ferguson v. JONAH.

  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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Does marriage make you happier? What a new study found

CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

Rejecting the industrialized sex of ’50 Shades of Grey’

Thousands flock to show support for Ashers Baking Co.

Brownback right to rescind executive order

Christian and counter-cultural: A response to Michael Hanby

    First Things: Over the past decade, especially in the struggle over same-sex marriage, some of my friends and allies among social and religious conservatives have called me a defeatist for my culture-war pessimism. I believe that pessimism today is simply realism, and that it is better for us to retreat strategically to a position that we are capable of defending. The cultural battlefield has changed far more than many of us realize.

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S.F. archbishop’s morality clause at Catholic schools outrages many

Center for Arizona Policy, others say now is a key moment for marriage

Report: Just 17% black teens live with parents, 54% for whites, both low marks

Graph: Most states have majorities who favor same-sex marriage

Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks Americans are ready for same-sex marriage

Challenges facing low-income families today

Government rule barring 2nd marriage not violative of Article 25: Supreme Court

‘Don’t kill the sufferer to end the suffering’

Make purchase of sex illegal, urges Church of Scotland

Charlotte considers allowing men who identify as women to have ‘restroom choice’

The LDS church and same-sex marriage

Virginia bill orders attorney general to defend state laws in court

If the Supreme Court redefines marriage, how should the church respond?

Why Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be all about sex (week)

Middle school students given ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ puzzles

Love, tax, and wedlock

How conservatives can support single mothers

How to lower your risk of divorce: Advice to singles

New Greece government promises to extend legal status to same-sex couples

Many Ala. counties refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses

SCOTUS & SSM: The fix is in

Is Alabama’s Roy Moore the new George Wallace?

The “no difference” theory is dead

The nature and purpose of pornography

    Ethika Politika: The production and the consumption of pornography are human activities. (From here, I’ll refer to production and consumption together as pornographic communication.) Accordingly, pornography, in both its production and consumption, is intentional in structure—that is, what identifies pornographic production and consumption is the intent of the parties involved in that production and consumption. So in an effort to identify what is pornographic or non-pornographic, it isn’t enough to delineate or envision a collection of physical behaviors that is “off-limits.”

  • Posted: 02/10/2015
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Kellerism comes to Alabama same-sex marriage wars, care of a political blast by New York Times

You new around here? Some thoughts on Alabama and same-sex marriage

    Doug Wilson: Look. Racial bigotry is a sin. Sexual perversion is a sin. The fact that the respective players in these two battles were and are Alabama and the Federal Government is completely beside the point. Those who glibly point to that as though it settles everything are like those who think that a son who once participated in an intervention over his mother’s alcoholism has thereby earned the right, twenty years later, to pressure her into committing tax fraud. No, no. Let’s go over this carefully. Drunkenness is a sin. Fraud is a sin. They are both sins. Whoever is championing the sin is the sinner.

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Writing as though history happened: On being countercultural Christians

From campus bullies to empty churches