Posts

shape of United States filled in with American flag on striped background with words national news

Apple Bans Ministry App for Heralding Biblical Marriage

Apple removed an app from its app store that offers treatment for those with same-sex attraction because it deemed the app “homophobic.” Apparently, Apple was pressured to remove the app after the national gay rights group Truth Wins Out received a mere 365 signatures on its petition, calling the app “bigoted,” “hateful,” and “dangerous, homophobic garbage.”

Texas-based Living Hope Ministries, the Christian nonprofit that created the app, “proclaim(s) a Christ-centered, biblical world-view of sexual expression rooted in one man and one woman in a committed, monogamous, heterosexual marriage for life.”

The app, simply titled Living Hope Ministries, is still available for download on the Google Play store. It offers a selection of audio and video teachings, devotionals, and helps for family and friends.

News Sources:

NOTE: FACT provides links to external websites for educational purposes only. The inclusion of any links to other websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

Get News Stories in Your Inbox Every Week

Get more news snapshots like this one by subscribing to our weekly Five Minutes for Families email.

International news words with picture of a globe

Cuba Strikes Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Language From Proposed Constitution

Due to outcries from many Cuban citizens and evangelical churches, same-sex “marriage” language will be dropped from the draft of a new constitution for the country. Now, instead of redefining marriage in gender-neutral terms as a union of “two people with absolutely equal rights,” as originally proposed, the Communist-led commission in charge of writing the new constitution is doing away with defining marriage altogether.

Cuba’s National Assembly wrote on its Twitter account, “The commission proposes . . . removing the concept of matrimony from the project of the constitution as a way to respect all opinions. Matrimony is a social and legal institution.”

The National Assembly is set to vote on the final version of the constitution, the Magna Carta, this week, followed by a popular referendum.

What’s interesting is that in a Communist-run government like Cuba, popular opinion typically doesn’t have any influence. But in this case, with nearly 9 million of Cuba’s 11.2 million citizens attending more than 130,000 community-level meetings nationwide to give their feedback on the constitutional draft and with 192,408 comments from concerned Cubans specifically on the marriage proposal, the government seems to be listening.

News Sources:

NOTE: FACT provides links to external websites for educational purposes only. The inclusion of any links to other websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

Get News Stories In Your Inbox Every Week

shape of United States filled in with American flag on striped background with words national news

Atlanta Fire Chief Repaid for Legal Troubles

Highly decorated former city of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran regained his good standing after being suspended and then fired for his beliefs regarding homosexuality thanks to a vote by the city council on Monday that approved a settlement that would award him $1.2 million in damages and attorneys’ fees.

The payout, which must be approved by Atlanta’s mayor, comes after a December 2017 court ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found the city of Atlanta had violated Cochran’s constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Mayor Kasim Reed fired Cochran for writing a men’s devotional book in his own free time that briefly mentioned his Christian views of marriage and sexuality. Some city officials not only disagreed with Cochran’s views, but also felt that he should have gotten prior approval before writing and distributing the book to his coworkers. The mayor even went so far as to accuse Cochran of discrimination and launched an investigation.

But the federal court said that Atlanta’s overly-broad rules requiring the city’s approval before disseminating materials at work violated the chief’s freedom of speech rights.

News Sources:

NOTE: FACT provides links to external websites for educational purposes only. The inclusion of any links to other websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

Get News Stories in Your Inbox Every Week

Get more news snapshots like this one by subscribing to our weekly Five Minutes for Families email.

shape of Tennessee on striped background with words Tennessee news

Rehearing Requested in Tennessee Marriage Lawsuit

The lawyer representing five Williamson County residents today filed a Petition for Rehearing regarding last week’s decision by the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Nashville upholding the dismissal of the lawsuit in which the plaintiffs had asked Circuit Judge Joseph A. Woodruff to declare the status of Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

In filing the petition, the counsel for the plaintiffs, David Fowler, said, “According to court rules, rehearings are allowed when the parties ‘have not been heard’ on ‘matters of law’ that are ‘open to dispute’ and on which a court ‘relied’ in reaching its decision.”

In this case, Fowler said, “the court determined how Obergefell should be interpreted when the only question before the court was whether the plaintiffs had a right to be heard on the issue of interpretation. In other words, we believe the court decided the merits of the lawsuit—how Obergefell should be interpreted—without the parties being heard on that issue. We believe this creates serious due process issues.”

Get News Stories in Your Inbox Every Week

Get more news snapshots like this one by subscribing to our weekly Five Minutes for Families email!

shape of United States filled in with American flag on striped background with words national news

Episcopal Church in America Opts for Gender-Neutral Wording in Marriage Ceremonies

The Episcopal Church in America (TEC), which approves of same-sex marriage, is now dropping the words “husband,” “wife” and “procreation” from its marriage ceremonies to be even more LGBT friendly.

“The union of husband and wife”will be replaced with “the union of two people” and “for the procreation of children” will be changed to “for the gift of children” to reflect desires by same-sex couples to adopt.

While the British Anglican LGBT advocacy group One Body One Faith called the gender-neutral move “courageous, just, and Christ-like,” Church of England Secretary General William Nye had warned TEC in October that it would cut ties with TEC if the changes were adopted.

News Sources:

NOTE: FACT provides links to external websites for educational purposes only. The inclusion of any links to other websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

Get News Stories in Your Inbox Every Week

Get more news snapshots like this one by subscribing to our weekly Five Minutes for Families email