The couple buys a marriage license, a recognized officiant signs it and it’s refiled with the local government. That’s a legal marriage, and in 14 states — with Illinois just the governor’s signature away from becoming the 15th — that’s a process open to both straight and gay couples.
Getting the church on board is a little more complicated. The issue of whether clergy should officiate same-sex marriages is dividing an increasing number of denominations.
Now, a retired Nashville bishop has become the latest to draw headlines on the issue — reversing course from a path that, four decades ago, had him playing a key role in sending the church down a path of resistance to change.
Despite warnings from his denomination that he’d be violating the faith’s Book of Discipline, Bishop Melvin Talbert traveled from Nashville to near Birmingham, Ala., to perform the Oct. 26 wedding of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. They were legally married Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C., but wanted a church wedding. Openshaw said he specifically wanted Talbert to officiate since the bishop had spent years supporting Methodist gays and lesbians.
That wasn’t Talbert’s stance 40 years ago at the 1972 Methodist general conference, which adopted language saying homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity. His views changed several years later, when he was invited to a weekend seminar of gay and straight Methodists; participants could not reveal which they were until the end.
So, the Bishop’s views adapted to better fit the times. It’s almost as if he could have reached a moral conclusion even earlier if something hadn’t been standing in his way. What could have possible been preventing him from arriving at the conclusion that homosexuals are people deserving of humane respect like anyone else? Clearly, his morality shone through in the long run, but something purporting to be guiding his morality (when in fact it was blocking it) was holding him back. Can you solve this mystery?
Doug Phillips of Vision Forum and Vision Forum Ministries resigned last week over an extramarital affair. There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance…
When Pennsylvania House lawmakers return to Harrisburg in mid November they ll be faced with a proposal to display In God We Trust in every public school building The measure should be without
Thanks, Pennsyltucky theocratic fascists
Those participating in JesusWeen hand out Christian bibles instead of candy (or at least candy with bible verses printed on the wrappers). They do not allow their children to wear costumes. You know, because that would be evil.
She was “repeatedly awakened by the Holy Spirit” and commanded to deliver this message.
I gotta think that if she was “repeatedly awakened” and ordered to put herself at such a risk to deliver such a zany message by a unicorn, some part of her would have thought, ‘uh oh, I should really see someone about this.’
But since her delusions were related to a belief that’s “rude” to question, mock or dismiss, it was that much easier for her to accept it was real. It also didn’t hurt that Christianity is replete with tales of angels and spirits talking directly to a single individual and commanding that individual deliver some message for them.
This woman believed in the Holy Spirit speaking directly to her and now her life is ruined. Harm of religion.
Kansas school board allows student-led prayer over intercom at football games, other activities.
Religion blinds its followers to the concept of exclusivity and ignores the oppression their dominance causes. Their religious convictions justify their dismissal of the law as well as their overreach. They use their position of authority over their students to impose their religious convictions upon them because the convictions themselves are seen as more valuable than anything else, including the law or basic human respect.
That’s what I’m talking about when I blog about the “harm of religion.”
Bob Beckel made more anti-Muslim comments on Tuesday’s “The Five” in the wake of the deadly attack on a mall in Kenya.
Guyz, did you know every Muslim in the world is responsible for what every other Muslim in the world does? By this logic, no Christmas this year until every abortion clinic shooting is denounced by every single Christian.
This is a common tactic among the atheist “elite.”
They purposefully choose biblical interpretations that they can attack. These most often have serious flaws. It is often easy to dismantle an atheists biblical argument so well that it does not function.
I’m sure you’ve all…
I don’t ignore any parts of the bible
The bible does not support rape
No it does NOT support slavery
And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
Lastly, Genocide. The only groups God ever ordered wiped out were, biblically, nephilim…angel human hybrids See Deuteronomy 2
You will be the example of my next post. It is entitled, “Why Christians always say that antagonists ignore context.”
Christian say that, because it’s true.
What about Exodus 21:7-11 where the Bible instructs you on the proper protocol for selling your daughter into slavery. Sex slavery, specifically.
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11)
See, the slave owner is practically commanded to rape her and hold her as a slave.