Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, Inc., with a mission of “Building a better world for children,” announced today that the organization is recognizing and extending benefits to legally married gay Christian couples employed in their American branch. World Vision is a parachurch organization headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. Upon employment, staff members agree to: a […]
Edie Windsor, 84, loved her partner, Thea Spyer, for 42 years before losing her to multiple sclerosis. They met in a lesbian bar in 1963 and got engaged in 1967. “It was purely symbolic,” says Windsor. “It was a way for us to say we wanted to spend our lives together.” Because of their professional careers, […]
The Nevada State Senate passed SJR13 the Marriage Equality Amendment late last night, April 23rd with a vote of 12-9. The Senate is composed of 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans; the sole Republican to cross party lines was Sen. Ben Kieckhefer (District 16, South Washoe County and Carson City). SJR13 states “Proposing to amend the […]
I participated in the third annual Nevada State Legislature Equality Days in Carson City. Four issues of concern were the focus: marriage equality, deletion of “infamous crimes against nature” and the disparity of legal age of consent for same sex couples, the religious freedom act and comprehensive sex education in Nevada. Marriage Equality Nevada currently […]
In the past few weeks, several high profile people announced their support for Marriage Equality. Three had actively worked against same-sex unions and one had been publicly silent on the issue. Former President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law in 1996. Section 3 of DOMA codifies marriage as between a […]
As you consider voting on marriage issues in your state, replace the nameless, faceless people and couples in your voting process with the names and faces of real people. The vote in all four states (Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota) is an issue of legal rights and has not one thing to do with impacting […]
On Election Day 2012, four states, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington will all have marriage equality on their ballots. Maryland, Maine and Washington would be the first states to enact marriage equality through voter referendums. In Minnesota, the issue on the ballot is an anti-gay marriage equality constitutional amendment. Many of the “religious liberty” or “religious […]
“What does the Bible say about loving, same-sex relationships?” Nothing. Not a thing. And in that absence of Biblical direction of support for or condemnation of these relationships, Christians need to follow the general principles of the Bible: love, justice and kindness. This was the point Matthew Vines wanted to emphasize at his recent presentation at […]
Traditional family values is a packed cliché. The (ab)use of the term “family values” began in 1976 when it was introduced into the Republican Platform. It became a rally cry at the 1992 GOP Convention when Vice President Dan Quayle bemoaned the collapse of the family because the then-popular show, “Murphy Brown,” portrayed the main character […]
UPDATE: On Wednesday, March 27th, the Supreme Court will hear the plaintiff, Edie Windsor, in her case to struck down DOMA. When I spoke with Edie in January, 2012, she thought it might be 5 to 6 years before her case got to the Supreme Court. Now, just 14 months later, her case will be […]
On May 9, 2012, President Obama became the first sitting United States President to support same sex marriage. There are at least 8 million adult gay Americans. Although they are still a minority, this is equivalent to the entire population of the state of North Carolina who on May 8th voted by in majority at the […]
Amendment 1 passed in the State of North Carolina. The definition of marriage as one man and one woman is now codified in that state’s constitution. Discrimination is now codified in that state’s constitution. Christians did this. Christians who believe they have the right to deny equality to minority groups; Christians who believe they have […]
Pastor Sean does not understand apology. He just does not get it. I taught my children at a very young age how to apologize appropriately . It requires honesty about your actions and the humility to accept responsibility. Pastor Sean believes he offered such words after his intensely offensive rant about gay people and gay kids […]
Matthew Vines, 22, of Wichita, KS attended a conservative Presbyterian church growing up. He excelled in school and went to Harvard in 2008, and in that less restrictive social and academic environment, Matthew came to understand and accept that he was gay. In conservative denominations, there are only a few options for gay, lesbian, bisexual […]
In 2001, if you had asked me, “Kathy, can you be gay and Christian?” I would have hedged a bit and fallen on the side of “No”. I did not have any close relationships with gay people nor had I ever studied the issue in the Bible. I did not even know one gay Christian, […]
“Loosen the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free and break every yoke. Then you will be called Repairer of the Breach.” Isaiah 58
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- Gays Didn’t “Steal” the Rainbow or the Word
- Resources to Share and Help Educate for Support of Marriage Equality & Christian Same-Sex Marriage
- Is Procreation an Imperative for Christian Marriage?
- Does Christian Marriage Require Complementarity?
- The Long Road to Marriage Equality in America Began in 1968
- Marriage is an American Civil Right
- The Shifting Definition of Marriage
- A Christian Case for Support of Biblical Same-Sex Marriage