The office of Utah Governor Gary Herbert stated that same-sex marriages that took place after the state's ban on gay marriage will not be recognized as legal for now. The change comes after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in the case, putting the state's same-sex marriages on hold.
The governor's chief of staff Derek Miller issued a directive to cabinet members on Tuesday detailing the state's official position.
"With the district court injunction now stayed, the original laws governing marriage in Utah return to effect pending final resolution by the courts. It is important to understand that those laws include not only a prohibition of performing same-sex marriages but also recognizing same-sex marriages," Miller wrote. more >>
Israel's cabinet approved on Sunday new health policies that are set to offer women aged 20-33 free abortions. But the president of a Messianic Jewish group with offices in the Mid-East country has called it a sign that preaching the Gospel in Israel is greatly needed.
Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, told The Christian Post in an email on Wednesday that "these new policies provide one more sign pointing to the importance of proclaiming the Gospel to Israelis and to help the secular majority within Israel appreciate more traditional Jewish values on sex, life and marriage and to turn to the Scriptures for guidance."
According to The Times of Israel, the new policies add to already liberal laws on abortion in Israel, where women can receive subsidies to end their pregnancy if they face medical emergencies or are the victims of rape or abuse. Women can also apply for abortion for a variety of other reasons, including emotional and mental, and although they need to appear before a three-member committee to examine their abortion requests, 98 percent of such requests are approved. more >>
Nancy Grace's marijuana stance was revealed on CNN Tuesday and the fiery TV show host slammed pot smokers, calling them "fat and lazy." CNN host Brooke Baldwin argued that marijuana is not inherently dangerous when smoked in a private space, but Grace wouldn't be persuaded, saying that legalizing recreational use of the drug is a slippery slope.
Nancy Grace said that marijuana laws allowing the drug recreationally in Colorado would only invite chaos, saying she wouldn't want her children to be taken care of by someone who smokes pot. The state began allowing sales of the drug last week to recreational users over 21.
"I mean, come on, ask yourself, do you want your cab driver to be high on pot? How about your airline pilot? What about that?" she challenged Baldwin. more >>
Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour, paid a historic visit to Coptic pope Tawadros II on Sunday, the first such meeting in 40 years. While the meeting was aimed at reassuring Christians that the new government will be better than the Muslim Brotherhood, a watchdog group has warned that it remains to be seen whether this move will benefit Christians, or if it will lead to new attacks instead.
"This visit could be seen as a positive or negative. Of course, under former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, Christians were even more singled out and persecuted," Open Doors USA Media Relations Director Jerry Dykstra told The Christian Post in an email on Monday.
The watchdog group has closely monitored the attacks Christians in Egypt suffered this past year following the fall of Morsi, when Islamist groups attacked and burned down Christian churches, schools, orphanages and bookstores. Open Doors even asked for emergency support of $430,000 in August following news that followers of Christ were also being murdered. more >>
Liz Cheney announced Monday morning she is dropping out of the Wyoming Senate race. She cited "serious health issues" in her family as the reason, but did not mention the public gay marriage dispute with her lesbian sister that made national news in 2013.
"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well being will always be my overriding priority," the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a statement on her website.
The Republican further thanked everyone in Wyoming and across the U.S. who had supported her campaign to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi. more >>
Mitt Romney accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after guests on her show made controversial remarks about the former Governor's family. Romney called the apology "heartfelt" and graciously accepted it on behalf of his entire family.
"I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake," Romney said on "Fox News Sunday." "They've apologized for it and that's all you can ask for. People like me are fair targets," he added. "If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, that's beyond the line. And I think they understand that. I think it's a heartfelt apology and for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever."
Harris-Perry offered an initial apology via Twitter but then on Saturday made a sincere apology during her TV show. At times the host choked up and was very emotional while offering the apology. more >>