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Canada joins list of nations banning conversion therapy

OTTOWA, Canada (BP) – A Canadian law banning any form of conversion therapy, broadly defined as treatment or counseling aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is set to take effect Jan. 7 (Friday).

FIRST-PERSON: Pride month calls for a response of joyful truth from Christians

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – In case you failed to notice literally every major corporation changing its logo to a rainbow hue, June is now upon us, and that means 30 days of religious-like devotion to the gods of sexuality and identity politics – what our cultural powerbrokers refer to as “Pride” month.

Baylor provides path for LGBTQ campus group, says position unchanged on sexuality

WACO, Texas (BP) – Baylor University’s Board of Regents approved a resolution Friday (May 14) that paves the way for an officially recognized LGBTQ student group on campus while attempting to reaffirm its commitment to a traditional, biblical perspective on homosexuality and marriage.

Vatican forbids blessing of same-sex unions

ROME (AP) – The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin."

United Methodists reschedule meeting — and decision on splitting — again

(RNS) — The United Methodist Church has once again postponed its quadrennial meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying further a widely anticipated vote by delegates from across the globe on a proposal to split the denomination over the inclusion of LGBTQ members.

Southern Baptists warn about LGBTQ proposals to Biden

WASHINGTON (BP) – A new agenda proposed to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden by the country’s leading gay and transgender rights organization poses a serious threat to religious freedom, especially that of Christian colleges and universities, Southern Baptist leaders have warned.

Circuit court reversal of ban on gay attraction counseling has national potential

BOCA RATON, Fla. (BP) – An appeals court reversal of laws in Florida banning counseling for teenagers experiencing same-sex attraction has the potential to overturn such bans nationwide, the winning attorney told Baptist Press.

Biden calls for hope, unity in acceptance speech

WILMINGTON, Del. (BP)—Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night (Aug. 20) in a speech that was long on appeals to hope and unity but short on declarations of his positions regarding some of the issues of most importance to Southern Baptists.

Federal finding on transgender athletes applauded

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethics specialists have praised a Trump administration finding that Connecticut's athletic association and multiple school districts violated federal law by permitting biological males to compete against females in athletic events. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and the school districts of its decision that they had disobeyed Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, including athletics. By allowing males who identified as females to complete in girls track meets, the CIAC and the schools "denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities," according to a May 15 letter from the OCR.

Content in Canadian sex-ed videos called ‘deception’

TORONTO (BP) -- Sex education videos in Canada targeted to children ages 9-12 include details on transgenderism, masturbation and sexuality, according to a Nov. 15 CBN report. The videos, part of a series called "Sex-ed School" were released by Shaftesbury Kids, a branch of Shaftesbury Films, a Canadian production company.