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The Christian Post: In the court cases which have upheld the one-man-one-woman definition of marriage (yes, there have been many, though not in the last year), the "rational basis" that judges have found for the laws has been the state's interest in promoting "responsible procreation."
Life News: There is one argument against the Hobby Lobby decision that is driving me crazy maybe because it is going unchallenged on Facebook pages and comboxes all over. It goes like this: if Hobby Lobby can deny health insurance coverage for birth control, then what will stop a company owned by other religious nut jobs from denying blood transfusions, chemotherapy, or inhalers for asthma?
The Christian Post: A Florida judge who recently declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional has stayed the decision pending an appeal from the government.
WBAL TV: Complaints about denial of health insurance coverage for transgender surgical procedures led to a change in policy.
Christianity Today: Widespread acceptance in our culture of all forms of birth control, including abortion, makes it harder for the Christian to discern if, when, and how to incorporate such practices into one's own life, as well as what place personal convictions have in community and in public policy.
The Christian Post: Pornography does not satisfy like many may think it does because it has little to do with sex and everything to do with fantasy, says Christian author and blogger Tyler Ward.
New York Post: Many times a week, Russell Moore talks with couples “who are in crisis because of an act of infidelity.” He says he “can’t think of a single recent instance of infidelity in which social media did not play some role.”
Life Site News: “In America, we don’t force artists to create expression that is contrary to their convictions,” added Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “A paint artist who identifies as homosexual shouldn’t be intimidated into creating a painting that celebrates one-man, one-woman marriage. A pro-life photographer shouldn’t be forced to work a pro-abortion rally. And Christian cake artists shouldn’t be punished for declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony or promote its message.”
The Washington Times: A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.
The Patriot Post: ‘Americans should not be forced by the government – or by another citizen – to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,’ said attorney Nicholle Martin. … For now, the case heads to the Colorado Court of Appeals where Jack and ADF will battle for the religious freedoms the Supreme Court just upheld for companies like Hobby Lobby.”
Christian News Network: “Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court,” asserted attorney Byron Babione in a press release following the ruling. “If the high court remains consistent with what it held in its Windsor decision, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.”
One News Now: Attorney Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom is taking the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where he plans to argue that citizens shouldn't have to endorse beliefs they disagree with.
China Topix: Byron Babione, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, criticized the ruling saying that the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by U.S. Supreme Court.
Times Argus: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Oklahoma confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union,” said Byron Babione, senior attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the county clerk.
The Washington Times: Murray State University has designated three single-person restrooms as gender neutral restrooms available to any person regardless of gender identity or expression.
The Slovak Spectator: THE CONSTITUTIONAL definition of marriage, which some gay-right-advocates openly called a ban on same-sex marriages, does not go far enough, some conservative activists say, as they gather signatures to force a referendum that would make the laws even stronger.
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod: “It’s important to know that you’re not alone.” That’s Eric Teetsel’s message to Christians and specifically to LCMS Lutherans.
The Christian Post: While only about 18 percent of Gen X women were married by 40, the number of their Millennial counterparts waiting till age 40 to tie the knot could now almost double, according to a recent study.
The Christian Institute: The Christian bakery facing court because of their traditional marriage stance have spoken out in the national media, saying, “we are staying true to our beliefs”.
Charisma News: "Homosexual behavior also tears at the soul, causing much higher rates for substance abuse, suicide, depression, domestic violence, early death—even in the most gay-friendly regions of the globe. Why? Because active homosexuals are trying to find something through gay relationships that can never be found there."