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SBC DIGEST: Pastor, SBC influencer Jeffrey Curtis dies; Leaders urge McConnell to reject marriage bill

Pastor Jeffrey Curtis remembered as ‘intentional role model’; Mohler, Allen among signatories of letter denouncing marriage bill,

ERLC urges Senate to defeat same-sex marriage proposal

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity called Tuesday (July 26) for the U.S. Senate to oppose legislation that threatens to gain enough Republican support to codify same-sex marriage into law.

House passes same-sex marriage bill with GOP help

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted July 19 to codify same-sex marriage into law with the help of one-fifth of its Republican members and to the chagrin of Southern Baptist leaders.

More than 100 Florida churches file lawsuit to leave United Methodist Church

LAKELAND, Fla. (RNS) — More than 100 churches are suing the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to immediately disaffiliate from the denomination. The lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members. And, according to the head of a new, theologically conservative […]

Some Bethany branches find home with Lifeline after same-sex decision

NASHVILLE (BP) – Multiple state branches of Bethany Christian Services have found a new home after the ministry announced its across-the-board policy change to place children for adoption and foster care with same-sex couples.

Nevada protects gay marriage in constitution, exempts clergy from ceremonies

RENO, Nev. (BP) – Nevada has amended its constitution to protect same-sex marriage and concurrently exempted clergy and pastors from litigation if they refuse to perform such unions.

Baptists respond to pope’s endorsement of same-sex civil unions

NASHVILLE (BP) – In response to Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope, Southern Baptist leaders reiterated their commitment to the authority of the Bible’s teaching regarding sexuality and marriage.

Justices: Court’s marriage ruling harming religious freedom

WASHINGTON (BP) – A case the U.S. Supreme Court refused to accept Monday (Oct. 5) offers evidence of the damage inflicted upon religious freedom by its five-year-old decision that legalized same-sex marriage, two justices said.

Christian bakers lose in Oregon appeals court

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christian wedding vendors who decline to provide services for same-sex ceremonies have suffered another legal setback. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28 that the state did not violate the First Amendment rights of Aaron and Melissa Klein in a 2015 order that included a $135,000 fine. The three-judge panel upheld a decision by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) that found the Kleins' refusal to design and bake a cake for a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony was based on unlawful discrimination against homosexuals.

Individual rights & sexuality aired at NOBTS forum

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Advocates from several perspectives on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights discussed the emotionally and politically charged issues, which often pit the church against the prevailing culture, during a forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The "Rights and Sexuality: Where Individual Freedoms and Civil Rights Meet" event was sponsored by the seminary's Institute for Faith and the Public Square.