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South Dakota Bill Protecting Pastors from Performing Same-Sex ‘Weddings’ Fails in Committee

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Otten fbPIERRE, S.D. – Lawmakers in South Dakota have defeated a bill that sought to protect pastors from performing same-sex “weddings,” as the bill failed approval by a Senate committee by a single vote.

Senate Bill 66 was deemed to be unnecessary by opponents of the legislation, as they asserted that the state constitution already protects residents from being forced to violate their conscience.

“No member of the clergy nor lay official of any church or religion may be required to solemnize any marriage, provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage, or treat any marriage as valid for any purpose if such action would cause any such entity or individual to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs,” it read.

The legislation also protected pastors from lawsuits or any other type of retribution for refusing to officiate homosexual ceremonies against their conscience. Click here to continue reading.

Pastor Sentenced to 27 Months for Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country with Daughter Appeals Ruling

LTRP Note: The following is a story that Lighthouse Trails has been following since its inception over three years ago about a former lesbian woman turned Christian who went into hiding with her young daughter after a Vermont judge ordered she turn her daughter over to her former lesbian “partner.” Then later, after Lisa Miller disappeared with her daughter, a Mennonite pastor was arrested, accused of helping the mother and daughter go into international hiding. To date, the mother and daughter’s whereabouts are unknown, but the U.S. government is working to put the pastor behind bars. Today, Isabella Miller is 11 years old.

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

MillerBURLINGTON, Vt. – Appeal proceedings have begun in the case of a Mennonite pastor who was sentence to 27 months in prison last year for allegedly helping an ex-lesbian flee the country with her daughter.

As previously reported, Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia was convicted in August 2012 for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her young daughter Isabella travel to Buffalo, New York, where they crossed the border into Canada and then escaped to Nicaragua. Miller, who turned to Christ in 2003, had been threatened by family court judge Richard Cohen that if Miller did not allow her daughter to have visitations with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, he would transfer full custody to Jenkins. In addition to not wanting her child to be raised in the homosexual lifestyle, Miller believed that her daughter was being traumatized from alleged inappropriate activities taking place between her partner and her daughter.

In November 2009, Cohen followed through with his threats. Click here to continue reading this story.

The Chronicle of our tracking of this story:

Chronicle of Our Coverage on the Lisa/Isabella Miller Situation:

January 2010: Lesbian-Turned-Christian Mom Fails to Give Up Child to Ex-Partner

January 2010: Lesbian ‘mother’ case presents constitutional issue

January 2010: Vermont Judge Threatens Mother in Hiding With Arrest

March 2010: Former Lesbian, Lisa Miller – Friends Say They Support Her Decision to Go into Hiding with Daughter

December 2011: FBI Arrests Man Who Tried to Protect Lisa and Isabella Miller From Gay Activists and Vermont Court (America: Punishing the Good, Rewarding Evil)

February 2012: ‘I promised God that if he would save my baby, I would leave the homosexual lifestyle’

September 2012: Amish Man Convicted For Helping Ex-Homosexual Protect Her Daughter

February 2013: America in Crisis: “Pastor jailed for refusing to testify in Vermont child custody case”

March 19, 2013: Pastor Kenneth Miller Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Aiding in the Protection of Lisa Miller and Daughter Isabella

Mass Homosexual ‘Wedding’ Officiated Live During Grammy Awards Show

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Macklemore Credit Drew of the Come Up ShowLOS ANGELES – A mass homosexual ‘wedding’ was officiated live during the 56th annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday.

The event featured both homosexual and heterosexual couples–34 in all–who exchanged vows on stage, which was decorated to resemble a wedding chapel and featured a large choir.

During the occasion, the popular rap/hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their hit song One Love, which celebrates homosexuality and criticizes those who interpret the Scriptures to define same-sex behavior as sin.

“The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion/Man-made rewiring of a predisposition,” Macklemore rapped on stage. “Playing God, aw nah, here we go/America the brave still fears what we don’t know/And God loves all his children is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written 3500 years ago.” Click here  to read more.

AZ Legislator, Pastor Introduces Bill to Protect Churches That Oppose Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Montenegro wsPHOENIX – A legislator in Arizona has introduced a bill that would protect churches in the state from being forced to perform same-sex ‘weddings.’

Representative Steve Montenegro (R-Litchfield Park), Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor at Surprise Apostolic Assembly, recently announced the First Freedom Act to ensure that pastors retain their First Amendment rights when it comes to the institution of marriage. The Act would make it illegal to “require a minister to solemnize a marriage inconsistent with a minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

“The United States Supreme Court has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriages to be performed in some states,” he wrote in a news release announcing the proposed bill. “Arizona’s Constitution is clear on this subject, but the willingness of federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, to rewrite state Constitutions threatens our most precious freedoms, specifically those found in the First Amendment.” Click here to continue reading.

New Mexico Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Decision Legalizing Homosexual ‘Marriage’ – 17th State To Legalize

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously legalized homosexual ‘marriage’ in the state on Thursday, ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to those in same-sex relationships.

“Denying same-gender couples the right to marry and thus depriving them and their families of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage violates the equality demanded by the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico Constitution,” wrote Judge Edward Chavez on behalf of the five-judge panel.

The decision follows a vote in August by county clerks in the state to ask the state Supreme Court to bring clarity to the issue after some clerks began issuing licenses to homosexuals. Four district court judges had ordered clerks in Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Taos and Grant County to issue the licenses this year in various localized lawsuits. One clerk in Dona Ana County had also begun issuing licenses on his own volition. Click here to continue reading.

State Attorneys General File Brief in Support of Christians Ordered to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

ElanePhoto1 ADFWASHINGTON – Eight state attorneys general, along with 18 wedding photographers, have filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Christian photographer that is fighting for the right to decline photo shoots that violate her faith.

As previously reported, Elane Huguenin and her husband Jon run Elane Photography in Albuquerque. In 2006, when Vanessa Willock, a lesbian, approached Elane and requested that she photograph her commitment ceremony, Huguenin declined, stating that she only covers traditional weddings.

The situation soon ended up before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, who ruled against Huguenin in 2008, stating that she was guilty of violating the state’s “sexual orientation” discrimination law. New Mexico law prohibits “any person in a public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services …to any person because of…sexual orientation.” The commission then ordered the photographer to pay nearly $7,000 in fines for refusing to shoot the ceremony. Click here to continue reading.

In NY: Saying no to ‘gay wedding’ puts your business at risk

By Charlie Butts

New York’s homosexual marriage and anti-discrimination laws are already taking a toll on Christian business owners, one of whom is currently before the state’s Human Rights Commission. Robert and Cynthia Gifford own the 100-acre Liberty Ridge Farm, a business in Schaghticoke that hosts various events for children and for adults – including weddings. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms explains the problem the Giffords face revolves around that. “Unfortunately, a lesbian couple approached them seeking to have their wedding on the property,” McGuire tells OneNewsNow. “I believe it was a setup as they recorded the phone conversation with the Giffords, and the Giffords told them no – and now the Giffords family, the farm owners, are facing a human rights law violation.” – Click here to continue reading.

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