Sexuality
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Stand down or stand our ground?

Religious Liberty
by La Shawn Barber
Posted 11/05/14, 03:34 pm

Now that a federal court has ruled North Carolina’s law affirming the definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman unconstitutional, several county magistrates have chosen to resign rather than officiate mock weddings and promote what God calls an abomination.

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Is Houston still targeting pastors' sermons?

Religious Liberty
by Andrew Branch
Posted 11/05/14, 09:45 am

Houston Mayor Annise Parker officially rescinded controversial subpoenas for five pastors who supported a lawsuit challenging an anti-bias ordinance she supports, but she’s still on the hunt for sermons and emails. 

Official court documents warn the mayor’s legal team may request more sermons and private correspondence, this time from two African-American pastors named as plaintiffs in the suit against the city. None of the five subpoenaed pastors were listed as plaintiffs to the lawsuit.

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Judge rules Kansas must allow gay marriage while lawsuit pending

Marriage
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/04/14, 05:00 pm

A federal judge has ruled that Kansas must allow same-sex couples to marry while the courts consider a lawsuit against the state’s constitutional definition of marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of two same-sex couples who sought marriage licenses in Kansas after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that similar laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman in other states were unconstitutional. That ruling went into effect after the Supreme Court in October refused to hear appeals of the issue from multiple circuits across the country. 

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