A federal judge on Monday gave a Kentucky county clerk room to continue denying marriage licenses to "gays and lesbians" while she takes her religious objections case to a higher court. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis last week to issue licenses to two "gay" couples, and ruled Monday that she is not entitled to any more delays. But because "emotions are running high on both sides of this debate," he also stayed his decision while she takes her case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.
OTTAWA — A 26-year-old Mennonite missionary was violently stabbed in the back on Friday by a pro-"LGBTQ" woman who became aggressive after he shared with her his Christian beliefs regarding homosexuality. The unnamed victim was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and then released. The attacker fled the scene of the crime, and has not yet been apprehended as of Monday Morning. The investigation is still ongoing.
A suburban Denver baker who would not make a "wedding" cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The three-judge panel said in a 66-page ruling that Colorado's anti-discrimination law does not prevent baker Jack Phillips from believing what he wants but that if he wants his business open to the public, he is prohibited "from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation."
Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials. When he refused to sign the paper, the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister – ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton must explain why he should not be held in contempt for enforcing state laws that impede "gay marriage rights" after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision, a federal judge ordered Wednesday. Judge Orlando Garcia ordered Paxton to appear in a San Antonio federal court next Wednesday after a Houston homosexual man was not provided an amended death certificate for his "husband."
A Kentucky clerk is suing Gov. Steve Beshear, saying that his order to the state's 120 county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples amounts to a violation of her religious beliefs. Disobeying the marching orders left Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis vulnerable to lawsuits that have been piling up since the Supreme Court’s attempt to redefine marriage, she contends in the complaint filed Tuesday.
Maine's highest court on Tuesday rejected a national group's latest bid to shield the identities of the donors who contributed to its effort to defeat the state's "gay marriage" law in 2009. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was fined $50,250 last year for its involvement in overturning the law supporting homosexual "marriage" six years ago. Now, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court says that NOM must not delay in revealing the names on its donor list.
On July 29 and 30, Dr. Paul Church’s appeal hearing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) took place. It’s possible that more evidence, oral or written, could be submitted a few days after July 30 before the panel officially ends the hearing. Within 20 days after the hearing ends, the hearing panel will meet, deliberate, and prepare a report of its recommendations. Finally, the hospital’s Board of Directors will vote on final action regarding Dr. Church.
For the second time this year, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been accused of violating judicial ethics by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Chief Justice Moore allegedly violated judicial ethics through numerous speeches suggesting that government officials should follow the law rather than the Supreme Court. "If Chief Justice Moore wants to make political speeches or be an activist in opposition to same-sex marriage, he is free to do so, but he cannot simultaneously hold his current position on the Alabama Supreme Court," SPLC President Richard Cohen said. "His blatant disregard for judicial ethics demonstrates once again that he is unfit for office."
A Christian student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa was forced out of her position at the institution after she posted a message on Facebook deemed "anti-gay marriage." Commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's attempt to redefine marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, Zizipho Pae, an economics and statistics major, was forced out of the Student Representative Council last week because she accused society of "normalizing sin."
This Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30, the appeal hearing for Dr. Paul Church will take place. It will include lawyers, “evidence”, and witnesses, as his hospital attempts to seal his firing. Dr. Church’s crime? He voiced concerns to his colleagues and hospital staff about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected to the hospital’s aggressive promotion of “gay pride” activities. For years the hospital has been aggressive in its attempts to silence and punish Dr. Church. Please consider signing the petition to have Dr. Church reinstated.
Frankfort, KY — The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) revoked the volunteer credentials of an ordained minister because he was unable to sign a statement promising to refrain from ever telling juvenile inmates that homosexuality was “sinful.” In a letter to the Commissioner, Liberty Counsel has given the Department until July 31 to reinstate David Wells’ volunteer visitor credentials.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is placing the debate over “religious freedom” front and center of his Republican presidential campaign with the release of a new campaign video Tuesday highlighting the “incredible journey” of an Iowa couple who refused to host a "gay marriage" in their wedding venue. “Your story inspires me, and inspires millions of believers,” Cruz informs the couple in the video. “Believers of many faiths in this country who want to live in a land where we’re free to live according to our faith and our convictions and it’s not second-guessed by the government saying we don’t share your faith and we’re going to shut you down.”
Two years ago, Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the bakeshop "Sweet Cakes by Melissa," did not agree to bake a "wedding" cake for a same-sex couple, saying doing so would violate their faith. The homosexual couple then filed a discrimination lawsuit, which resulted in the Klein's being forced to pay $135,000 in damages. However; the couple has raised a record-breaking amount of money in a fundraising campaign; amounting to $372,000, more than double the $135,000 they were forced to pay.
Casey Davis is one among a handful of Kentucky clerks who are not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kentucky Gov. Beshear recently told Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or else quit his job. "'Issue marriage licenses or resign' — those were the words," Davis told reporters after meeting with Beshear. Davis said he that he has no intention of quitting, and that he is willing to go to jail to defend his right to religious liberty. "If that's what it takes for me to express the freedom of religion that I believe I was born with, I'm willing to do that," he said.
After being fired for writing what’s been described as an “anti-gay” book, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran says he “absolutely” wants his job back. “In the United States of America, Americans should not have to choose between keeping your job and living out your faith,” he said. “And that’s the position the city of Atlanta actually has taken—that I have to have a choice to live out my faith or to keep my job.” Cochran has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated and being discriminated against for his Christian beliefs.
The owner of a family business that makes custom cakes has asked a Colorado appeals court to strike down state rulings that he discriminated against two homosexuals by declining to provide a cake to celebrate their "wedding." The three-judge appeals court is expected to rule within several months in the case, which ultimately could head not only to Colorado’s highest court but to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton received a marriage license from Hood County in Texas shortly after filing a lawsuit on Monday. The lawsuit was filed because Katie Lang, the county clerk, said that she could not personally issue the license due to her Christian beliefs. Although Cato and Stapleton now have a marriage license, their attorney said that the lawsuit against Lang will not be dropped until she agrees to issue marriage licenses to all homosexual couples.
The owners of a Portland-area bakery that denied to make a same-sex "wedding" cake must pay $135,000 in damages, the bureau of labor and industries has ruled. The damages are for "emotional suffering" caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer.
On March 30, a major Harvard-affiliated hospital in Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), expelled a well-respected urologist from its medical staff because he voiced concerns about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected to the hospital’s aggressive promotion of “gay pride” activities. An appeal hearing has been scheduled for the end of July.
After paying $5,000 in damages to a same-sex coupe who wanted to use their wedding venue, the owners of Görtz Haus Gallery in Iowa are closing their doors for fear of another lawsuit.
Because of his biblical views on homosexuality, US Navy Chaplain Wes Modder is now barred from ministering to members of his unit. He has filed a complaint against his commanding officer, which will go to the desk of Admiral John Richardson, Director for Naval Reactors.
The owners of Asher's Baking Company in Northern Ireland have decided to appeal a recent ruling that found them guilty of discrimination. They said, “We continue to insist that we have done nothing wrong as we have discriminated against no individual, but rather acted according to what the Bible teaches regarding marriage."
Today, Liberty Counsel will go to court to side with North Carolina Magistrates who filed a lawsuit claiming that they were told to officiate same-sex "weddings" or face possible removal. "Militant homosexual activists do not want equal rights; they want superior rights," said Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Ashers Baking Company was ordered to pay £500 ($777) plus court costs Tuesday over their refusal to make a cake with a pro-"gay marriage" slogan on it. Ireland District Judge Isobel Brownlie made the ruling, claiming that the bakery discriminated based on "sexual orientation."