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Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide
Jun26

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. Supreme Court transformed the legal definition of marriage Friday (June 26), legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that states must recognize marriages between people of the same sex, providing a new definition throughout the country to an institution created by God as a covenant between a man and a woman. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority...

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Guide to protect churches from ‘sexual liberty’
Jun10

Guide to protect churches from ‘sexual liberty’

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious liberty entity has collaborated with a leading legal advocacy organization to provide guidance for churches and other institutions in the face of the advance of “sexual liberty” and same-sex marriage. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have published protecting Your Ministry,” a legal...

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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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