Victory for Christian registrar dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex ‘marriages’

Sep 2, 2014 by

From Christian Concern: A Christian registrar who was sacked for indicating she would not be willing to conduct same-sex weddings has been reinstated after a successful appeal. Margaret Jones (54), a Senior Deputy Registrar at Bedford register office, was asked by her employers in 2013 whether her Christian beliefs would prevent her from conducting same-sex weddings in light of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. On 28 March 2014, just one day before the first same-sex...

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Same-sex marriage in Virginia delayed by US Supreme Court

Sep 2, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to delay same-sex marriages taking place in Virginia. A lower court in the state had overturned a voter-approved amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. But a county clerk asked for the ruling to be delayed, and the matter was referred to the US Supreme Court. Legal appeal The request was granted, and now pending further legal appeal, same-sex marriages cannot take place in Virginia. Last year, the...

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7 Reasons Why the Current Marriage Debate Is Nothing Like the Debate on Interracial Marriage

Aug 27, 2014 by

By Ryan T Anderson, The Daily Signal: Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage? One refrain in debates over marriage policy is that laws defining marriage as the union of male and female are today’s equivalent of bans on interracial marriage. Some further argue that protecting the freedom to act publicly on the basis of a religious belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman is like legally enforcing race-based segregation. This leads some...

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No rush to the registry office by UK same-sex couples

Aug 27, 2014 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, Conjugality: The first official count of same-sex marriages in the UK since they were legalised last year has been published, and it is a “disappointing” figure, according to British academic Mike Thomas: According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, just 1,409 same-sex couples were married in England and Wales from the end of March to the end of June 2014. This is a relatively low number in comparison to the 7,000 or so couples across the UK...

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Anglicans walk same line on gay marriage

Aug 14, 2014 by

From News.com.au: THE Anglican Church will continue to walk the line between scripture and community attitudes on same sex marriage, the new head of the Australian church says. THE new Anglican primate, the head of the church in Australia, says the church is not advocating for changes to the marriage act. “The church in Australia has walked between the views that it’s received, which come from scripture, come from the traditions of the church, and the consideration that there is no...

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NOM Praises Judge for Showing Deference to Voters and Upholding Tennessee Marriage Amendment

Aug 13, 2014 by

From NOM: “This important decision has largely been ignored in the media because it undercuts the narrative that same-sex marriage is inevitable. But it isn’t.” — Brian Brown, NOM president — Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised a state judge in Tennessee who ruled last week that the Tennessee state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman does not violate the federal constitution. He is the...

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