Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Christian Institute: But the Prime Minister has rejected the call from Faculty of Public Health President Professor John Ashton, saying there are “no plans to change” the current age of 16.
Christian Concern: The campaign reported that many of the 55 per cent are being deterred from adopting due to “myths about who can adopt” and that “many religiously-active people are held back from adopting because they often wrongly believe their faith will prevent them being approved.”
Christian Institute: The Scottish Parliament will be ignoring public opinion if it votes for gay marriage tonight, an MSP has .
Scotsman: The historic vote means same-sex marriage could be legalised in Scotland by March 2014, if the bill passes two more parliamentary stages and receives Royal Assent, as is now expected.
Nigerian Terrorists Reportedly Abducting Christian Women, Forcing Them To Convert And Then Marry Islamic Militants
The Blaze: The Al Qaeda-affiliated Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has begun abducting Christian women, forcing them to convert to Islam, then marrying them off to jihadi fighters, according to several media reports.
LifeSiteNews: Prince Edward Island’s justice minister has brought forward legislation that would add ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in its Human Rights Act.
AP: Russia’s media oversight agency aims to take a newspaper to court over an article about a homosexual teacher in what appears to be the first case prepared against a publication under the country’s law on gay propaganda.
Christian Institute: Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales have discussed whether to stop performing the legal part of wedding ceremonies because of gay marriage legislation, according to media reports.Earlier this week, an article for Roman Catholic newspaper The Tablet said the bishops were set to consider a new system in response to the redefinition of marriage.
Christian News Network: The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is calling for a day of prayer and fasting on behalf of a Christian homeschooling family that is fighting deportation to their homeland of Germany . . . HSLDA has now set Sunday, November 17th as a day of prayer and fasting for the Romeike family, as it anticipates that the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear the case on November 26th.
Manchester Evening News: The women say they were told separately by a nurse and a doctor at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester that they were not entitled to IVF because they were in a same-sex relationship.
Daily Caller: The judge told the family’s attorneys that the German government would respond with government force and criminal sanctions if the family attempts to leave the country before a December hearing , according to a press release from the U.S.-based Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
LifeSiteNews: A German judge who ordered the forced removal of the children of a homeschooling family in August has blocked the parents’ request to let the family emigrate to another European country where homeschooling is legal, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
CNSNews: Although the U.S. State Department recently singled out Russia by name to criticize its law prohibiting homosexual propaganda aimed at youth, the same State Department refused to comment on Saudi Arabia where homosexual conduct is punishable by death.
Irish Independent: The survey suggests 76% of the electorate would vote in favour of allowing gay couples to legally wed in Ireland. Less than a fifth (18%) of likely voters were opposed to its introduction with 6% saying they didn’t yet know whether to back it or not, according to the RedC poll for Paddy Power.
Religion Clause Blog: In Vallianatos and Others v. Greece, (ECHR, Nov. 7, 2013), the European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) held, by a vote of 16-1, that a Greek civil union law which is limited to heterosexual couples violates The European Convention on Human Rights.
AP: Croatia moved Friday to hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages, but critics say the vote is discriminatory and gay rights groups are challenging its wording as biased and unconstitutional.
AP: Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc’s top court ruled Thursday. | European Court of Justice press release: Homosexual applicants for asylum can constitute a particular social group who may be persecuted on account of their sexual orientation | Judgment
Scotsman: A CONTROVERSIAL attempt to exclude religious groups from voting on education matters on council committees has been launched by an independent MSP.
European Court of Human Rights press release: The applicants complain that this Law provides for civil unions only for different-sex couples, thus automatically excluding same-sex couples from its scope of application. They complain that the Greek State introduced a discriminatory distinction in their regard.
Catholic Culture: The Irish government plans a nationwide referendum on legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote will be scheduled early in 2015.
Christian Institute: The new godless Girlguide promise is “divisive and hurtful” and should be scrapped, Churches in Northern Ireland have said. Meanwhile a Church of England vicar in Newcastle has said the Girlguides sponsored at his church will continue to use the old promise.
The Guardian: Chief justice says states will be interested whether the Commonwealth has sole powers to regulate marriage
Haaretz: There are three bills on Knesset members’ desks that aim to extend the eligibility for civil unions beyond couples who claim to have no religion. Two of them are egalitarian proposals, giving the civil union option to any interested couple: the civil union bill initiated by Yesh Atid, and the proposal the Justice Ministry issued Sunday called the “Joint Living Law.” A third proposal would allow civil unions only for gays, while other voices within the coalition and outside it would specifically exclude same-sex couples from eligibility for civil unions. These last two approaches are unacceptable
AP: A Dutch children’s rights organization warned Monday of an epidemic of minors being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and urged police around the world to crack down on the practice.
Christian Concern: “There are larger social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement also forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?”
Christian Institute: The Northern Ireland Health minister has lost a bid to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex adoption in Northern Ireland. The Supreme Court rejected Edwin Poots’ application to appeal the case, saying it did not raise an arguable point of law.
Malta Independent: Prospective heterosexual parents who were anxiously awaiting their adoptive children to arrive to their new Maltese homes from Russia were shocked when they were informed that all adoptions from Russia have been put on hold pending the Maltese Parliament’s decision to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’.
How marriage DOES benefit your wealth, health and children… by think tank that used to say it didn’t matter
Daily Mail: Married couples enjoy far greater wealth and health than those who cohabit, an influential think-tank revealed yesterday . . . a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.
Christian Institute: Conflicting reports have emerged about whether a Church of England commission is about to recommend services of blessing for same-sex couples. The Church says no formal decision has yet been taken, but sources within the Church say the commission’s recommendation is expected later this year.
Religion Clause Blog: British media are giving significant coverage to Tuesday’s address by a senior judge, Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division, to a Law Society Conference. His remarks, titled Law Morality and Religion in the Family Courts, trace changes in the role judges assign to religion . . .
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Only a couple of weeks ago I reported in the Friday Fax how the sexual left wants nations to undermine parental authority in order to treat children as autonomous holders of sexual rights. It looks as though they have made inroads with the UN’s religious freedom expert.
Catholic Culture: Ireland’s deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore had indicated that he anticipates a nationwide referendum on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Robert Oscar Lopez at Public Discourse: Underground movements in England and France are beginning to counter the global LGBT ideology that has entrenched itself in the governments of First-World nations.
LifeSiteNews: A group of thirty-four Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have written a strongly worded letter to the British government calling for a halt to the creation of so-called “three-parent” embryos in IVF labs.
Robert Oscar Lopez at Public Discourse: While US conservatives are distracted by internal debates, the wealthy and powerful international movement for LGBT rights is aggressively targeting nations that are poorer and less powerful.
LifeSiteNews: The Health Minister of Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, is under fire this week, accused of “wasting” public funds for asking the UK Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that will allow homosexual partners to adopt children.
Christian Institute: David Cameron turned down a gay magazine’s award ceremony because he knows his push to redefine marriage is unpopular, a columnist has said.
The Guardian: What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates.
International Planning Committee Meets in Moscow to Plan World Congress of Families VIII (September 10-12, 2014)
Standard Newswire: Members of the International Planning Committee for WCF VIII that attended the Moscow meeting included: Ignacio Arsuaga (HazteOir, Spain), Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage, U.S.), Benjamin Bull (Alliance Defending Freedom, U.S.), Allan Carlson, Lawrence Jacobs and Don Feder (The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society and World Congress of Families, U.S.), Silvio Dalla Valle (Association for the Defense of Christian Values, Italy), Shelly Locke (Power of Mothers, U.S.), Bob McKoskrie (Family First, New Zealand), Tom Minnery (Focus on The Family, U.S.) Justin Murff (Christian Broadcasting Network, U.S.), Austin Ruse (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, U.S.), Steven Smoot (Family First Foundation, U.S.), Christopher Carmouche (GrassTopsUSA), Christine Vollmer (Latin American Alliance for the Family, Venezuela), Peter Westmore (Australian Family Association), Srdjan Nogo (Dveri, Serbia), Vincente Segu (Incluyendo Mexico), Fabrice Sorlin (France) and Jack Hanick (formerly with FOX News, U.S.).
Gay Star News: A British member of parliament will introduce a bill to ban ‘gay cure’ therapists this week. Geraint Davies, a Labour MP for Swansea West, has called for nationwide regulation of mental health therapists – ensuring any gay teen or adult is not faced with quack treatment.
AP: The Vatican has quashed hopes that there might be some wiggle room on one of its longstanding rules about the indissolubility of marriage.
AP: Provincial lawmakers for the territory that includes Australia’s capital voted Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage, a first for the country, but the federal government says it will try to stop gay weddings from happening.
9News: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says people around the country will be watching as the territory considers historic legislation to legalise gay marriage.
AP: By the time the ambulance showed up to the house, the old woman’s screams were, as the paramedics would later tell it, already at a 10 out of 10.
It’s no laughing matter: Britain has become a nation of religious illiterates ‘who are baffled by Biblical references in Monty Python film The Life of Brian’
BBC: The British public has such “poor religious literacy” that a modern audience would be baffled by the Monty Python film The Life of Brian – because it would not understand the Biblical references, a senior BBC figure has claimed.
AP: France’s constitutional court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to carry out same-sex marriages just because they oppose them.
Christian Institute: A 16-year-old boy has been allowed to wear girl’s clothes and make up at a school in Lanarkshire, despite his mother’s opposition. Thelma McLean feels Calderside Academy in Blantyre is afraid to act, and thinks her view on the issue has been ignored. She said: “I really believe this is a phase and I cannot accept it – I just want my son back.
Christian Institute: Emails from over 4,000 opponents of the Bill were blocked from getting through to the consultation process by the Scottish Government’s computer system. A top lawyer says a flawed consultation could be unlawful, and a court could order the legislative process to start again.
Real Clear World: Undercover reporters filming a documentary about the prevalence of forced and underage marriage in Britain for the television program ITV Exposure secretly recorded 18 Muslim imams agreeing to perform an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, between a 14-year-old girl and an older man.
Sosogay.co.uk: “A Finnish woman has today taken her fight to get her marriage recognised following her gender reassignment to the European Court of Human Rights.”
‘She gave her eggs, I carried the baby’: ‘Two-mom’ IVF approach allows lesbian couples to share pregnancy role
Daily Mail: Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A ‘two-mom’ approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman’s eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy.
Independent: The proportion of babies born to married couples has reached a new low, making up just over half the total number of births last year.
Gay Star News: Openly lesbian Australian Labor Party senator Penny Wong has been re-elected to lead her party in the Senate while in Opposition following a leadership contest for the party between two supporters of same-sex marriage.
UPI: A French court overturned an earlier ruling Friday that denied marriage between a gay Moroccan man and his French partner, citing contradictions in the law.
Bloomberg: The Australian government will mount a High Court challenge against a bid to legalize same-sex marriage in a territory that encompasses the capital Canberra, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
C-FAM: Late Friday night, the last day of the final meeting in a series of UN conferences, African officials rejected attempts by UN and sexual rights activists to promote homosexuality and abortion.
LifeSiteNews: The European Parliament approved a report–Gendercide: the missing women?–that condemns practices that destroy the lives of women and girls, including sex selection abortion and infanticide.
AP: A couple who fled Germany in order to home-school their children is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them asylum.
LifeSiteNews: Today the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is filing a petition with the United States Supreme Court to hear Romeike v. Holder, the German homeschooling asylum case.
AP: Argentina’s government has granted a female identification card to a 6-year-old boy who has been dressing like a girl since age 4.
Dr. Gerard M. Nadal at LifeSiteNews: Four hospitals that have specialty centers for mutilating children! If that sounds surprising, it really shouldn’t be. It is the natural result of abandoning the idea that there is such a thing as natural moral law, objective truth, and clear limits to human behavior. It is the result of the American academy being filled to overflowing with radical professors who profess such nonsense in order to sell their perversions as serious scholarly work.
Christian Concern: Education watchdog OFSTED has reported that pupils are leaving school with a “very limited understanding” of Christianity due to a dip in teaching standards of Religious Education.
Interfax: “Policies are pursued that put large families and same-sex partnerships in the same category, belief in God and belief in Satan. Excesses of political correctness reach the point where there are serious discussions on the registration of parties that have propaganda of pedophilia as their objective. People in many European countries are ashamed and afraid of speaking about their religion, holidays are abolished or given other names, names that shyly conceal the nature of those holidays, and aggressive attempts are made to force this model on the rest of the world,” Putin said.
The Independent: The number of same-sex couples ending their civil unions leapt by 20 per cent last year, seven years after their introduction in 2005. Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were female couples, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
Independent.ie: Ms Teehan previously gave birth to a baby girl in 2007 and was ruled ineligible for a home birth as the HSE does not cover home births where women have had prior caesarean sections.
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada | Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse
Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse: A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.
Yorkshire Post: CAMPAIGNERS are calling for renewed action over forced marriages after Muslim clerics were apparently recorded by undercover reporters agreeing to conduct marriage ceremonies involving girls as young as 14.
Maggie Gallagher at National Review: Using Canadian census data, a very large and therefore representative database, Canadian professor Douglas Allen of Simon Frazier University finds that children raised by intact, married biological parents do better than children raised by same-sex couples. From the abstract, yes, published in a peer-reviewed journal . . .
Christian Concern: Only 1.1 per cent of Britons describe themselves as homosexual, and a further 0.4 per cent as bisexual, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
Wendy Wright at Turtle Bay and Beyond: Inevitable. So we are told. Abortion and sexual rights (like same-sex marriage) will become universally accepted, so opponents might as well surrender. Not so fast. Take a look at what is happening in Brazil.