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Bermuda Considers Repeal of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

The island nation of Bermuda is reconsidering its same-sex “marriage” law and instead is looking at offering same-sex couples domestic partnerships status with benefits. The nation legalized same-sex “marriage” through a court order in May, although the order did not provide benefits for same-sex couples. If Bermuda succeeds in reversing that law, it would be the first country in the world to return to the biblical definition of marriage: the union of one man and one woman. The House of Assembly has passed the Domestic Partnership Act, which now goes to the Bermuda Senate.

MP Wayne Furbert said, “I support it because at the end of the day it removes the right to same-sex ‘marriage’ and it tells the court that this Parliament will stand for what is right.” Sylvan Richards, shadow minister of planning, added, “It’s going to give individuals the rights they need and it’s going to keep marriage between a man and a woman, which was my goal.”

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Australian Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

In a 43-12 vote, the Australian Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to legalize homosexual “marriage.”

This was bad news for conservatives. The Senate rejected attempts to allow business owners who provide wedding services or non-clergy authorized to solemnize weddings to opt-out of same-sex “marriages” based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. It also rejected a provision to allow parents to opt children out of class instruction that normalizes homosexuality.

The Australian House of Representatives could take action on the bill as early as next week, and conservatives are expected to attempt to include these religious liberty exceptions.

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Majority of Australians Favor ‘Same-Sex’ Marriage, Survey Results Show

On November 15, 62 percent of Australia’s registered voters said yes to same-sex “marriage” on the non-binding, nationwide mail-in survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

While liberals touted it a victory for “love,” the Australian founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, said, “Australians didn’t vote ‘yes for love’ as the Prime Minister claims. They voted ‘yes’ for sin, ‘yes’ for darkness, ‘yes’ for man’s word over God’s Word, ‘yes’ for a perversion of the only true marriage that God invented—one man, for one woman.”

After the survey results were released, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seemed intent to have same-sex “marriage” legalized by Christmas, but not without pushback from the conservative party, which is concerned about religious liberty exemptions for those in wedding businesses.

“If a ‘yes’ vote is returned,” said Lyle Shelton, a spokesman for Australia’s Coalition for Marriage, “we will do what we can to guard against restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to defend parents’ rights, and to protect Australian kids from being exposed to radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education in the classrooms. We promise our supporters that no matter the result, we will continue to work to defend Australian families.”

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Georgetown Pro-Marriage Group Called Discriminatory

Georgetown University’s pro-biblical marriage student group, Love Saxa, is in hot water for an article one of its members wrote for the school’s newspaper, The Hoya, stating that same-sex “marriage” went against the Catholic group’s beliefs.

Two students lodged discrimination complaints against the group. Now the student-governed Student Activities Commission is considering whether to just defund Love Saxa or to kick it off the list of officially sanctioned student groups altogether. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Incidentally, Georgetown was originally founded on Catholic and Jesuit traditions and the student body at the private school is about fifty-percent Catholic.

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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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