Removing a judge for not following the LGBT agenda?

The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is recommending that Judge Ruth Neely be removed from office because she has said that, due to her religious beliefs, she will not preside over gay weddings.

UPDATE:  Judge Neely is a Missouri Synod Lutheran.  Go here for a petition from Wyoming pastors to support her.  (HT:  Mary Moerbe)

So public officials will be removed from office if they do not agree with the LGBT agenda?  If a judge rules against a law favored by gay activists, will that be grounds for removal?  If a legislator or executive opposes gay marriage, will that become grounds for impeachment?

Read Carl R. Trueman on the subject after the jump. [Read more…]

Christian teaching on marriage as discrimination?

The Catholic church of Australia published a booklet about marriage, explaining why the institution is for men and women, not same-sex couples, and setting forth basic Christian teachings on the matter.  Now it faces a discrimination complaint filed by a transgendered gay activist (a man in a relationship with a woman, but then he had sex change surgery so now he is also a lesbian).

Anyone can file a complaint, of course. and surely this will be thrown out.  Australia doesn’t even have same-sex marriage. But we see here the impulse on the part of some activists not only to gain a right but to suppress those who disagree. [Read more…]

Father seeks right to marry adopted son

It seems that before gay marriage was legal, in order to form a family union, an older homosexual man would sometimes adopt his young lover.  Now a father is trying to get a court to dissolve the adoption so that he can marry his son. [Read more…]

Catholic synod on family makes few changes

A synod of bishops has been meeting at the Vatican discussing “the family” and possible changes to Roman Catholic practice, including being more welcoming to gays and allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.  The meeting closed on Sunday, proposing very few changes to church teaching.  It affirmed that there is no basis for same-sex marriage and allowed for a very restrictive process that might allow some divorced Catholics, on a case-by-case basis, to receive the Sacrament.

The Pope expressed anger that so little, in his view, was accomplished, accusing conservative bishops of having “closed hearts.”

After the jump, excerpts from two stories:  One includes the reasons why divorced and remarried Catholics are excluded from the Sacrament (they commit a mortal sin every time they have sex an example of Catholic sin-counting that figured in the Reformation).  The other gives the reaction of Pope Francis, who theoretically could make changes on his own authority. [Read more…]

Westboro Baptist pickets Kim Davis for opposing gay marriage

The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its “God hates gays” demonstrations and military funeral disruptions, is now picketing Kim Davis, the county clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses.  Why?  According to the church, gay marriage is God’s punishment.  We must accept that punishment.  Therefore, breaking the laws that require gay marriage is rebellion against God. [Read more…]

Kim Davis solution?

Kim Davis has returned to work as a county clerk after serving time in jail for refusing to obey a court order to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.  Here is how they worked things out:  She will not issue the marriage licenses, but her deputies will.  She will not sign them and her name will not appear on the documents.  Rather, they will contain the notation that they were issued under the order of U.S. District Judge David Bunning.

Is this a good solution, or does it just set up technicalities that can assuage a conscience while ignoring the larger issue?  If it is a good solution, can it be a model for other religious liberty cases?

Meanwhile, other officials from other states are following Mrs. Davis’s example in refusing to be complicit in gay marriages.

P.S.:  You also need to read this about Kim Davis, in light of all of the mockery for her “hypocrisy” for what she did before she converted to Christianity a few years ago.

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