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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.

Child transgender treatment opposed

DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicists expressed their deep concern about the gender transitioning of children after a Dallas judge's ruling appeared to clarify no such procedure would be performed on a 7-year-old boy in a controversial case. Judge Kim Cooks continued the joint custody arrangement of the twin sons of James Younger and Anne Georgulas in a ruling Thursday (Oct. 24), according to news reports. She said both parents must agree for any gender transition treatment to go forward on the son at the center of the case.

Court debates gay, transgender protections

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated for two hours Tuesday (Oct 8) on whether longstanding, non-discrimination federal workplace law provides protection based on "sexual orientation" or "gender identity," and at least some justices appeared persuaded it does. The high court heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases addressing "sexual orientation," followed by arguments in an appeal regarding the "gender identity" issue. In the arguments, the high court was urged to rule that the classification "sex" in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to those categories.

Mattel launches gender-fluid dolls

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (BP) -- Mattel's new gender fluid Creatable World doll can be harmful to children confused about their gender and will likely flop on the market, Christian experts told Baptist Press. "These are dolls created by adults for adults to make them feel good about their radical gender theories," Focus on the Family's (FOTF) Glenn Stanton told Baptist Press. "You're going to be able to find these toys on the discount table in about four months, after Christmas."