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U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Right of States to Preserve Definition of Marriage

By Garrett Haley
Christian News Network

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced legislation last week which would give states the freedom to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

In a Thursday press release, Senators Cruz and Lee introduced the “State Marriage Defense Act” (S. 2024), which would preserve states’ ability to define marriage in a manner consistent with the values of their citizens. The act would also “protect states from an out of control administration that is seeking to force same sex marriage upon states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”

“I support traditional marriage,” Cruz said in the statement. “The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states. We should respect the states, and the definition of marriage should be left to democratically elected legislatures, not dictated from Washington. This bill will safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for its residents.” Click here to continue reading.

A sequel to IRS scandal? Proposed rules would clamp down on grassroots activism

LTRP Note: The following story is related to a 2013 news story titled “Pro-Life, Christian Groups Come Forward as Being Unlawfully Targeted By IRS.”

Chad Groening
OneNewsNow.com

A pro-family organization is concerned that changes proposed by the Internal Revenue Service would suppress the ability of conservative organizations to communicate with the public about public policy matters.

In November the IRS announced new rules that would give it the authority to restrict voter guides, legislative scorecards, get-out-the-vote campaigns and even the voter registration activities of non-profit groups. The federal agency calls such civic engagement as “candidate-related political activity.”

Tea party groups believe the rules are an effort to curb conservative activism and drown out conservative voices for the upcoming elections. Click here to continue reading.

Related:

They Hate Christianity But Love (Another) Jesus – How Conservative Christians Are Being Manipulated and Ridiculed, specially During Election Years

 

Christians File Ballot Initiative to Protect Businesses That Decline to Service Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

 

open pdPORTLAND, Ore. – A Christian organization in Oregon has filed a ballot initiative that would protect business owners against lawsuits and other penalties in the event that they decline to directly or indirectly participate in a same-sex “wedding.”

The Oregon Family Council filed the proposal, entitled the Protect Religious Freedom Initiative, on Thursday in light of the lawsuits and complaints lodged in recent months against several bakers, florists and photographers in the nation.

Earlier this year, the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham were placed under investigation after they declined to make a cake for a lesbian ceremony. The business states that it was soon forced to close its doors and operate from home due to protests and harassment from homosexuals. Click here to continue reading.

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Illinois – 15th State to Legalize Same-Sex Homosexual “Marriage

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers in Illinois have voted to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ in the state, making the ‘Land of Lincoln’ the 15th in the nation to permit the practice.

The matter was not without debate, however, as a number of legislators expressed their opposition to the measure, including from the Scriptures.

“This debate is a joke,” remarked Democratic Representative Mary Flowers. “[They] will not be truly married in God’s eyes.”

She pointed to the Book of Genesis during her comments, noting that God specifically created the woman for the man.

 Republican Representative Dwight Kay agreed. He told his fellow lawmakers that America was founded upon Scripture even before the U.S. Constitution was created.

“My conviction happens to be that this (gay marriage) is wrong, but my conviction is that Scripture is right,” he declared, according to the Chicago Tribune. Click here to continue reading.

Pentagon Official Who Pushed for Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Named President of Boy Scouts

Robert Gates

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

IRVING – A former Pentagon official who pushed for the repeal of the U.S. military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy has been named the next president of the Boy Scouts of America.

Robert Gates served as the Secretary of Defense under then-President George W. Bush beginning in 2006 and stayed on board for part of Barack Obama’s first term. Prior to his appointment, he served 26 years in the CIA–his latter years as Director of Central Intelligence.

During his tenure as Secretary of Defense, Gates advocated for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell–which barred open homosexuality in the military–and expressed his agreement with Obama’s push to do away with the law.

“I fully support the president’s decision,” he told reporters in 2010. “The question before us is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we … best prepare for it. We have received our orders from the commander in chief and we are moving out accordingly.” Click here to continue reading.

 

 

Planned Parenthood Announces Closures Following Signing of Texas Pro-Life Bill

By Garrett Haley
Christian News Network

HOUSTON – A few hours after Texas Governor Rick Perry signed new abortion regulations into law, Planned Parenthood officials announced that they will be closing three of their facilities in the Lone Star State.

As previously reported, Governor Perry’s signing of the pro-life bill—titled “House Bill 2” (HB2)—comes after weeks of opposition and occasionally unruly protests from abortion supporters. In addition to banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation–with the exception of the mother’s or baby’s health–HB2 also calls for increased health standards at abortion facilities.

On the very same day the pro-life bill was signed into law, Planned Parenthood’s Melaney Linton released a statement announcing the closures of three facilities in Texas. Linton is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast—a branch that oversees clinics in both Louisiana and southeast Texas—and once claimed that her work is a “sacred duty.” Click here to continue reading.

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