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Former LGBT Members March for Freedom

The second annual Freedom March is set for May 25 at the National Sylvan Theater in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of ex-homosexuals and former “transgenders” will be proclaiming freedom in Christ in overcoming LGBT lifestyles. Led by founder and former “transgender” Jeffrey McCall, the event will have a mixture of worship and testimonies from folks like Luis Javier Ruiz and Angel Colon, survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

“I was transformed through the grace of Jesus and found that others have been as well. These marches are a way to ensure that others who have overcome are not feeling isolated and alone,” McCall said.

Besides helping those who have broken free from an ungodly lifestyle, the march is also meant to reach out to the LGBT community and equip local churches that are seeking to know how to minister to LGBT-identified persons.

Two other marches are planned this year, one in St. Paul, Minn., on June 23 and Orlando, Fla., on September 14.

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A Word to Graduates

This is the time of year when high school and college students graduate and are looking to make an impact in society at large. Before making a living and contributing to society’s betterment, what should young adults do to continue living for Jesus once out of school?

Sean McDowell, assistant professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, has some God-centered tips for young, Christian adults. McDowell suggests young adults should take God’s calling on their lives seriously but not take themselves too seriously, learn the difference between arrogance and confidence, stop comparing themselves to others, live with an understanding that God calls them to be faithful today as well as at the end of the age, and show the love of Christ to those who hurt them.

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Equality Act Passes in U.S. House

The U.S. House, controlled by Democrats, passed the Equality Act by a vote of 236-173.

“This is an all-out assault on parental rights, on the family, and on the millions of people of faith in this country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in an emailed press statement released shortly after today’s passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The act now heads to the U.S. Senate, and if signed into law, would change the 1965 Civil Rights Act by making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes. Since there is no religious objection exemption for these two new categories, religious organizations or businesses with strong religious beliefs and convictions about human sexuality that conflict with this new sexual agenda will be forced to accept it. It would change the landscape of public, multi-person spaces like restrooms and locker rooms, as well as team sports and sex education programs in our public schools in order to make way for “transgendered” individuals.

This is how your Tennessee congressmen voted today: Voting against the bill were Republicans David “Phil” Roe of District 1, “Chuck” Fleischmann of District 3, Republican Scott DesJarlais of District 4, John Rose of District 6, Republican Mark Green of District 7, and Republican David Kustoff of District 8. Republican Tim Burchett of District 2 did not vote. Voting for the bill were Democrats Jim Cooper of District 5 and Steve Cohen of District 9.

If you are concerned about this act and want to make your voice heard, contact your U.S. senator.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sided with the attorneys for the ACLU by enjoining enforcement of a Kentucky law prohibiting dismemberment abortions (medically called a dilation and evacuation or D&E procedure) that had been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevins last year.

The procedure was generally performed after the 14th week of pregnancy. McKinley argued that the ban was unconstitutional because it restricted a woman’s “right to abortion” before the “viability” of the baby, which is typically around 24 weeks.

While pro-abortion activists might tout that D&E abortions are safest for the mother during the second trimester, pro-life advocates point to economic gain as being the real reason for preserving this type of abortion. “Dismemberment abortion facilitates fetal harvesting,” Kansans for Life Executive Director Kay Culp told LifeSiteNews last year. “Clinicians experimenting on aborted baby parts don’t want their research tainted by drugs, and, they want fresh organs—packed for shipping within minutes of death.”

The governor plans to appeal. “We profoundly disagree with the court’s decision and will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to protect unborn children from being dismembered limb by limb while still alive,” said Elizabeth Kuhn, Bevins’ communications director.

The law would make it a felony for a physician to perform a dismemberment abortion and the physician would be subject to sanctions against his or her medical license.

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Judge Hudson Reverses Ruling in Falls Church Abortion Case

Last week we reported that U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, in the case of Falls Church Medical Center v. Oliver, granted summary judgment (a judgment entered on the grounds that a trial without evidence is unnecessary) enjoining enforcement of a portion of a Virginia law requiring that physicians perform first and second-trimester abortions.

But on May 14, in an amazing and, to our view, unprecedented act, the judge on his own initiative reversed his earlier opinion, decided he was wrong, and said that the issue of the medical value of having physicians perform the abortion should go to a full trial hearing complete with expert medical proof on May 20.

In his order “Vacating Summary Judgment on Count IV,” Judge Hudson wrote, “summary judgment was improvidently awarded to the parties on Count IV based on the present record. Rather, on further consideration, whether the ‘Physicians-Only Law’ presents an undue burden to Virginia women who seek an abortion is a material fact that is genuinely in dispute. Therefore, to facilitate the development of a full factual record that will enable the Court to better address this question, the Court hereby vacates that portion of its Memorandum Opinion and Order pertaining to Count IV of the Amended Complaint and denies summary judgment to both parties at this stage.”

Amazing!

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