United Methodist Church to Launch 'Praying Our Way Forward' Campaign to Pray for Global Mission and Arrive at Decision on Homosexuality
Dec 30, 2016 The United Methodist Church will be launching a “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative on the New Year’s Day with a 75 weeks of focused prayer before the revision of Book of Discipline on human sexuality.
Most Americans Say LGBT Should Not be Refused Services, Support Same-Sex Marriages
Aug 26, 2016 According to a new survey by PRRI, more Americans are opposed to allowing small businesses to turn away services to gay or lesbian people because of their religious beliefs.
Protestant Pastors Rarely Requested to Officiate Gay Weddings, Invitations Vary Among Denomination
Aug 19, 2016 A new LifeWay research shows that pastors are rarely requested to preside over same-sex marriages and that most of the requests are made to Presbyterian and reformed pastors, while Baptist pastors are least likely to be asked to officiate gay weddings.
Federal Court Upholds Contempt Charges Against Kim Davis, but Lifts Injunction
Jul 16, 2016 A US federal court turned down Rowen county clerk Kim Davis’ appeal of contempt charge for which she had to spend six days in jail.
Anglican Church of Canada to Vote on Gay Marriage After Three Years of Debate
Jul 11, 2016 The Anglican Church of Canada will vote today on alteration of marriage definition to accommodate same-sex unions. The voting is a part of six-day General Synod that began last week in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto.
Municipal Judge in Danger of Losing Her Office Over Her Views on Officiating Same-Sex Marriage
Jun 19, 2016 A municipal judge in Wyoming is in danger of losing her job and asked to pay a fine of $40,000 for telling a journalist over a phone interview that she as a judge will not officiate same-sex marriage but other magistrates may do so, in response to a hypothetical question posed by him.
Mexican President Announces Steps to Legalize Gay Marriage
May 19, 2016 Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced steps to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico before congress yesterday. As yet, gay marriage is only legal in the country's capital, and in eight other states out of 31.
Chief Justice of Alabama Suspended for Ordering Probate Judges to Follow State Same-Sex Marriage Ban
May 09, 2016 Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was ousted from office thirteen years ago over his refusal to remove Ten Commandment display from the state judicial building, faces a hearing before state's Court of Judiciary for telling probate judges to comply with the state's same-sex marriage ban rather than the US Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex marriages across the country.
Norway’s Lutheran Church Allows Gay Marriage and Alters its Official Liturgy
Apr 12, 2016 Norway’s Lutheran Church voted to allow gay and lesbian couple to get married, and became one of the many mainline churches across the world to approve same-sex unions.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Freed from Jail
Sep 08, 2015 Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who was jailed for refusing to give marriage licenses to couples, was ordered to be freed on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he was satisfied that the county clerk office is "fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples," and added that Davis "shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples."
2016 Presidential Candidates Respond to Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Jun 26, 2015 Democratic and Republican candidates for the 2016 United States Presidential Elections publicly announced their stance on same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26. The Supreme Court interpreted the U.S. Constitution in the historic case of Obergefell vs. Hodges that ruled the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 U.S states. The Court mandated that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. Prior to the decision, 38 states had legalized it.