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Air Force Punishes Colonel Who Refused to Affirm Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

A highly decorated and respected Air Force colonel was suspended from his job and will likely not be promoted to a one-star general after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex “spouse” of a retiring master sergeant.

Based on his belief in traditional marriage, Col. Leland Bohannon declined to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation last May for the same-sex spouse of a homosexual master sergeant. Instead, he arranged for a two-star general to sign it and, on a recommendation from the command chaplain and the staff judge advocate, requested a religious accommodation that was returned “without action” six weeks later.

However, when the subordinate airman learned Col. Bohannon had not personally signed the certificate, the airman filed an Equal Opportunity complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

First Liberty Institute is urging that the Air Force reverse its decision on the basis that the military violated Col. Bohannon’s constitutional rights.

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Australian Senator Says No to Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ on Postal Survey

Despite pressures from her colleagues, Australian Labor Sen. Helen Polley of Tasmania has decided to vote against legalizing same-sex “marriage” in Australia’s nationwide postal survey. “This is a very personal, very much a conscience vote, and my Christian belief and my faith tell me one thing,” she explained.

Pressures are great not just for Polley but for regular Christian citizens in the country who fear being labeled as bigots or losing their jobs by discussing their views on marriage. Australia’s conservative Coalition for Marriage recognizes the legitimacy of these concerns and hopes to encourage bravery on the part of the faith community.

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Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and the Tax Code

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the IRS did not discriminate against Joseph Morrisey, a homosexual man, by denying his claimed deductions for expenses related to fathering a child through in vitro fertilization. The denied expenses included the costs to “identify, retain, compensate, and care for the women who served as an egg donor and a gestational surrogate.”

The court denied the deduction because the medical expenses were not provided to “the taxpayer, his spouse, or dependent” as required by the IRS code. As to the claims of discrimination, the court first determined that there was no “fundamental right” to procreate. Additionally, it found the IRS has denied attempts by heterosexual men to take the same deductions for their non-spouse female partner and unborn children, including those conceived via natural intercourse.

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Australia and the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Survey

Instead of putting it up for an official vote in Parliament or holding a referendum, the government of Australia is going to the public on the issue of same-sex “marriage” through a nonbinding, non-compulsory postal mail survey. The “vote” done by a mailed survey might not be legal or constitutional and it will cost about $100 million, but some are hoping the information gleaned can be used to sway an official parliamentary vote in the near future.

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Gallup Reveals Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Not in Demand Since Obergefell

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the Obergefell decision, and while the secular media made us believe Obergefell was responsive to a huge demand for same-sex “marriage” among homosexuals, according to a new Gallup poll, the data tells a different story.

Since the Supreme Court ruling, the percentage of LGBT adults in a same-sex “marriage” rose from 7.9 percent at the time of the decision to 9.6 percent one year later, but over the next year, the percentage rose to only 10.2 percent. Additionally, over that two-year period, same-sex partnerships decreased by 3.5 percent. Most interesting of all, LGBT adults still prefer marriage to a member of the opposite sex. Read that statement again; 17.3 percent of LGBT adults are married to or cohabiting with an opposite-sex person, while 16.8 percent of that demographic is married or cohabiting with a same-sex person.

Looks like the media’s depiction of some great pent-up desire among homosexuals for same-sex “marriage” may have been fake news.

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