Church of Norway says “no” to gay marriage

Surprisingly, the state church of Norway–unlike that of Sweden–has rejected same-sex marriage.  Pastors will also not be allowed to bless “civil unions.” [Read more...]

Accept gay marriage or lose your job

You have probably heard about the CEO of Mozilla (makers of the open source Firefox browser) losing his job when it was learned that he had given some money to support that referendum in California a few years ago that would block gay marriage in that state.  Since the contribution records have been made public, lots of other people could conceivably lose their livelihoods in this new activist climate. Peter Wehner has some good observations about this whole mindset of punishing people for their beliefs. [Read more...]

World Vision takes back plan to hire married gays

The evangelical disaster relief organization World Vision created a stir with its announcement that it would hire homosexuals as long as they are married.  This would preserve the Christian principle of “no sex outside of marriage.”  But World Vision then reversed that decision, going back to its former policy requiring abstinence except for men and women married to each other. [Read more...]

Making distinctions in religious liberty cases

Fordham theology professor Michael Peppard says that the religious liberty issues being raised by gay marriage need to make some careful distinctions.  For example, the different roles in weddings played by bakers and photographers. [Read more...]

How to treat the losers in the marriage war

Advocates of gay marriage are evidently victorious, or soon will be.  So how will the defenders of traditional marriage be treated?  Ross Douthat says that one way would be to let religious people alone to have their own beliefs and practices about marriage.  The other is to tolerate no dissent, demonizing and punishing gay marriage opponents.  Mr. Douthat thinks the latter is becoming more likely. [Read more...]

No state ban on gay marriage has been upheld

A federal judge overturned Virginia’s state constitution that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.  The story, linked after the jump, points out that thus far federal judges have thrown out ALL state bans on gay marriage where the issue has been litigated.  The Supreme Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act in part, it was said, because that imposes a federal law that prevents states from deciding what they want marriage to be, saying that such issues should be left up to the states.  But in reality, states are not allowed by federal courts to determine their marriage laws at all. [Read more...]


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