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‘Pray for Marriage,’ ERLC urges for Supreme Court
Apr20

‘Pray for Marriage,’ ERLC urges for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is inviting Christians to pray regarding what might be a landmark decision on marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ERLC launched its Pray for Marriage initiative on April 7, three weeks before the high court’s April 28 oral arguments involving same-sex marriage. The justices are expected to issue an opinion by late June or early July. In asking...

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View of God’s image urged at race summit
Mar31

View of God’s image urged at race summit

NASHVILLE (BP) — Racial reconciliation in the church calls for a strong view of the image of God in all people, a deep commitment to understanding others and an intentionality in achieving diversity, speakers said on the second day of a Southern Baptist-sponsored leadership summit. Black, white, Asian and Iranian pastors and leaders addressed racial disunity Friday (March 27) during the event conducted by the Ethics &...

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Court breaks ranks, upholds marriage bans
Nov09

Court breaks ranks, upholds marriage bans

WASHINGTON (BP) — A federal appeals court upheld state laws that refuse to recognize same-sex marriage Thursday (Nov. 6), seemingly preparing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a contentious issue it has avoided so far. In a 2-1 opinion, a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati broke ranks and ruled four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — did not violate the U.S....

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Baptist leaders decry Houston’s sermon subpoenas
Oct16

Baptist leaders decry Houston’s sermon subpoenas

WASHINGTON (BP) — The city of Houston has “no business” in issuing subpoenas for the sermons of pastors who oppose a new homosexual-transgender rights ordinance, says Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist Russell D. Moore. Opposition to the ordinance is based in part on concerns it will violate the religious freedom of business owners and others who disagree with the measure. Also, foes think it will make...

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Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal
Apr07

Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on a New Mexico couple’s objection to photographing a same-sex ceremony sends a menacing signal about mounting government coercion, religious freedom advocates said. The high court announced without comment Monday (April 7) it would not review a lower court decision that found Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, Christians who operate a photography business, violated New...

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