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Beyond common sense

Family | Massachusetts voters will decide whether to keep a transgender law on the books
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/28/18, 03:45 pm

Massachusetts voters will go to the polls in November to cast ballots on the nation’s first statewide referendum on transgender rights. The ballot measure asks voters whether to keep a controversial law granting public accommodation to transgender individuals.

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India decriminalizes adultery

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/27/18, 11:42 am

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law criminalizing adultery, calling it archaic and unconstitutional. The five judges voted unanimously to abolish the 158-year-old law, which made adultery punishable by up to five years in prison.

The law penalized men for sexual relations with married women without their husbands’ consent but did not allow women to prosecute their adulterous husbands. Chief Justice Dipak Misra said adultery can serve as grounds for divorce but cannot be judged as a criminal offense.

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In the name of love?

Education | Christian university lifts ban on same-sex romantic relationships in a bid to better disciple homosexual students
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/26/18, 04:39 pm

Azusa Pacific University made a small but significant change to its student handbook this year that could have a big ripple effect throughout Christian higher education: Students at the Southern California college are no longer prohibited from having romantic same-sex relationships—as long as they remain abstinent.

University chaplain Kevin Mannoia said the change is intended to free students from the need to hide their behavior and beliefs about sexuality so that staff and student leaders can openly address those issues from a Biblical perspective.

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