Proposed law will not force church ministers to officiate same-sex weddings

Jan 22, 2020 by

from Premier: It will not be possible to compel churches or individual ministers in Northern Ireland to provide same-sex marriage, under proposals published by the British Government for consultation. The ceremony has been legalised and from this month couples were able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February. For couples who are already married, their status is now legally recognised. Those who are already in a civil partnership were initially unable to...

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Left Claims Women Are Essential To Business But Optional To Families

Jan 21, 2020 by

by Katy Faust, The Federalist: Washington state Democrats continue to run the table with their majority. They opened the new year with several egregious legislative initiatives, from decriminalizing underage prostitution to pushing the comprehensive sexual education program soundly rejected by a majority of Washington state parents late last year. Also up on the overreaching docket is SB 6037, which would require every public company to have a “gender-diverse board of directors.” It would...

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Same-sex marriage and a sad lesson for church conservatives

Jan 11, 2020 by

by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, TCW: The second largest Christian denomination in the USA, with roughly half of its 13million global members living in the United States, has agreed to split over the issue of same-sex marriage. The United Methodist Church, a denomination long home to a wide mix of theological opinion, has been experiencing tensions for decades. The split is the inevitable outcome of long-lasting institutional reluctance to maintain doctrinal clarity. It will take formal effect...

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Concerns over free speech as same sex marriage legislation introduced

Jan 2, 2020 by

from home.bt: The institution has forwarded the legal opinion it secured to Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith. Clerics who speak out against the introduction of same sex marriage in Northern Ireland could face arrest, a Christian organisation has warned. The Christian Institute expressed concern after commissioning a legal expert to examine what free speech protections are currently on offer to ministers who criticise the landmark move. Public law specialist Ivan Hare QC said the...

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Decade in review: Marital norms erode

Jan 1, 2020 by

by Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George, USA Today: A decade ago, President Barack Obama affirmed that marriage unites a man and woman. So did 45 states and the federal government. The only states to redefine marriage had done so through activist court rulings or, in 2009, legislative action. At the ballot box, citizens had uniformly voted against redefinition. A majority agreed with Obama. Then, in 2012, Obama “evolved,” and the Supreme Court took cases involving marriage law. Nothing in the...

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Transgenderism’s denial of biology started with same-sex marriage

Dec 29, 2019 by

by Will Jones, Faith and Politics: Another month, another illiberal ruling from a scientifically illiterate judge declaring that belief in biology is “not worthy of respect in a democratic society”. The case of Maya Forstater, sacked for questioning on social media the government’s proposals for gender self-identification, follows the case in October of Dr David Mackereth, who lost his government consulting job because he declined to say he would use pronouns at odds with a person’s biological...

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