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news from the frontlines of the culture war
Updated: 1 hour 12 min ago
First Things: The rapid shift in public opinion isn’t the product of superior argument. Arguments have been made, but the emotional symbolics of tolerance, love, and equality have been far more decisive than any detailed arguments—even in the courts.
Summit: Since the 1960s, the predictable slide of collegiate culture toward a bacchanal of sexual permissiveness has upended the old-fashioned view that men and women fill distinct roles in relationships. For generations, women played the pursued, men the pursuers. In a culture that placed a premium on virginity, a young woman needed no excuse to refuse sex. Her default answer was “no.”
LA Times: Although same-sex marriage became legal on Oct. 9 in Nevada, some Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform the marriages.
Barbwire: There’s a lot more separating the U.S. and Puerto Rico than the Atlantic. Based on Tuesday’s news, the two regions are also oceans apart on judicial activism.
Breakpoint: Esolen’s 12 arguments [for marriage] revolve around virtue: not virtue as stuffy prudishness, as it’s now reputed to be, but virtue in its older sense of thoroughgoing goodness of life.
Alliance Defending Freedom: My marriage was a wreck. My wife and I were talking, and we even occasionally got along, but we were more like roommates.
Acton Institute: Same-sex marriage became legal in the state of Idaho earlier this month after a federal court ruled in the case of Latta v. Otter that the state’s statutes and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This ruling affected an anti-discrimination ordinance in the city of Coeur d’Alene, which was enacted last year to cover “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” (Since there is currently no similar state or federal non-discrimination laws, the requirement only applies in Coeur d’Alene or other Idaho cities with similar ordinances.)
KHQ: "The thing is, that the city wants to take the position that the hitching post is exempt from the ordinance, that's great, but they need to clarify that in writing," says Jeremy Pedesco a senior legal counselor with ADF.
12 News Now: Equality North Carolina issued a news release Friday calling memos sent out by the N.C. Values Coalition and the Alliance Defending Freedom misleading. The memos encouraged state officials with "sincere religious or moral beliefs" to refrain from issuing marriage licenses.
The Washington Post (RNS): The Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative group representing the couple in a lawsuit against the city, said the Hitching Post is not a nonprofit religious organization like a church, but rather is a religious for-profit limited liability company like a Bible publisher.
Lawyer: ACLU is ‘terrified’ and ‘running scared’ from the case of the Christian ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings
The Blaze: Tedesco believes that the ACLU is in “major damage control” over the fact that a non-discrimination ordinance that they have defended has been used to limit the speech of ordained ministers.
Nathan Cherry: The Knapp’s now face 180 days in jail and a $1,000 per day fine for each day they refuse to perform a same-sex ceremony. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Knapp’s to prohibit the city from penalizing the couple.
The Christian Institute: Paying for sex is set to become a criminal offence in Northern Ireland, following a landmark vote by the Stormont Assembly this week.
The Christian Institute: Members of the Scottish Parliament have been handed a petition proposing that the existing law on adultery should be amended, in order to cater to same-sex couples.
North Carolina judge resigns so he won’t have to conduct same-sex marriages, thinks other magistrates will do the same
The Christian Post: A North Carolina county judge resigned on Monday because he did not want to violate his Christian faith and perform same-sex marriages, which are now permitted under the state's law.
Christian News Network: Just two years after Barack Obama announced that he had reversed his longstanding opinion that marriage is solely between a man and a woman, the president of the United States is now taking his view even further by stating that he believes that the Constitution requires states to legalize same-sex “marriage.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: The great majority of those participating preached sermons relating biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates. They also signed a statement agreeing that the IRS should not control the content of a pastor’s sermon. Hundreds more who didn’t speak from the pulpit on these issues still opted to sign the statement – bringing the total number of pastors in support of pulpit freedom to more than 3,800 since 2008.
Family Studies: Decision making about sexual practices and family formation has become complex for those who identify with counter-cultural and sub-cultural groups (or who simply ascribe to traditional views about sexuality and family life). The widening gap between modern and traditional family norms and values has created an internal dissonance between societal and group specific beliefs about many aspects of sex, marriage, and family.