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Quite contrary

Marriage | Translation fracas shows the central problem of the curse for both sexes
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/06/17, 04:00 am

A few columns ago I wrote about language as a gift of God: supple, powerful, and evocative. Also slippery in translation, as the laborers working on a certain construction project on the plain of Shinar (Genesis 11) quickly discovered. Mistranslations can be historic. During the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev made a speech to Western diplomats, the key phrase remembered as “We will bury you!” What he said is more accurately translated, “We will see you buried”—a shade of meaning not quite as aggressive as Khrushchev’s attitude made it seem.

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Thousands protest same-sex marriage bills in Taiwan

| Legislature decides to hold two public hearings before voting
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 11/18/16, 12:34 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in front of the Legislative Yuan on Thursday to protest a set of bills that would make Taiwan the first Asian government to recognize same-sex marriage. By the end of the evening, the protesters had gained a victory: The legislature decided to allow two public hearings before voting on the law.

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Methodist pastor keeps job after officiating gay wedding

Marriage | Charlotte pastor reaches a ‘just resolution’ with conference, parishioners
by Jae Wasson
Posted 9/07/16, 05:20 pm

A United Methodist pastor in Charlotte, N.C., who performed a same-sex wedding earlier this year against the rules of her church is escaping without punishment.

The Rev. Val Rosenquist’s overseeing body, the Western North Carolina Conference, admitted in a statement Tuesday she will keep her position as pastor and will not face a church trial. The decision reflects the ongoing United Methodist battle between recognizing same-sex marriage and preserving the precepts of holiness put in place by founder John Wesley.

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