Lutherans, Mormons, Catholics, evangelicals and Southern Baptists have joined together in fighting the legalization of same-sex marriage by submitting a recent court brief to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently considering the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah.
The 42-page brief was filed Monday by lawyers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and was signed by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the National Association of Evangelicals.
The brief focuses on the religious groups' shared belief that a husband and a wife serve as the ideal situation in which to raise a child. "Our respective religious doctrines hold that marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children," the brief reads. "We believe that children, families, society, and our nation thrive best when husband-wife marriage is upheld and strengthened as a cherished, primary social institution." more >>
Nevada officials have dropped their defense of the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, saying a recent legal decision would no longer make their arguments "sustainable" in court.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto released a statement Monday saying that the state would no longer defend the ban in a current case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Masto, a Democrat, said a recent, unrelated ruling in the 9th Circuit panel has made the state's legal arguments unviable. The panel ruled that a trial cannot pick and choose jurors based solely on their sexual orientation. The ruling elevated gay and lesbian jurors to the same protected class previously reserved for racial minorities and women.
A Mormon organization said that the 40,000 or so people in polygamous marriages highlighted in a recent report on Utah, where the practice is said to be thriving, are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which excommunicates such groups.
"The people who belong to these groups are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are not Mormon," Scott Gordon, president of FairMormon, a nonprofit group responding to questions about LDS doctrine, belief and practice, shared with The Christian Post in an email on Monday.
"Calling these groups Mormon, is somewhat like calling the Lutheran or Episcopal churches 'Roman Catholic.' While somewhere in history there was common background, they are not the same denomination today." more >>
The Family Research Council has issued a court brief in Utah's appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. The brief, filed last week, claims that the judge's ruling in December to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage was "deeply flawed."
The Christian lobbying group filed its amicus brief last Thursday in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the state of Utah is appealing federal Judge Robert J. Shelby's Dec. 20 ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, passed by 66 percent of voters in 2004. Shelby wrote in his ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's right to equal protection and due process under the 14th amendment.
In their friend-of-the-court brief, the Family Research Council encourages the appeals court to overturn Shelby's previous ruling, saying that "the novel and unprincipled fundamental rights analysis on which [Shelby's ruling is] based are deeply flawed." The brief goes on to argue that the issue facing the appeals court is "not who may marry, but what marriage is." more >>
Jessica Biel's grandmother-in-law addressed rumors concerning the marriage between the actress and Justin Timberlake, according to reports this week. Sadie Bomar allegedly expressed concern over her grandson Timberlake's marriage after citing the singer's busy schedule.
"They are married but they are so busy, both of them, its hard going," said the grandmother to the famous duo, according to a report found in The Sun.
The report also quoted Bomar as saying that Biel and Timberlake are not yet ready for children. more >>
Aaron Carter walked his twin sister Angel down the aisle at her California wedding over the weekend, but their famous brother Nick Carter was noticeably absent from the family affair.
Instead of attending Angel's wedding to Corey Conrad on Sat. Feb. 8, Nick was celebrating his own upcoming nuptials at a joint bachelor and bachelorette party in Las Vegas over the weekend. The 34-year-old Backstreet Boy is engaged to Lauren Kitt and has a long "complicated" history with his family, which may explain his absence.
Fortunately, 26-year-old Aaron was available to walk the bride down the aisle on Saturday while Nick partied at the Palms Hotel and Ghost Bar "with a group of about 15 friends," said a source, according to the Daily Mail. more >>