A private Christian university in Arizona has announced that it will now be extending employee benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses of employees, but assured that it will continue to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
CHR Comment: The school was founded by the Southern Baptists. It intends to continue teaching that the biblical view of marriage is between one man and one woman.
Source: Christian University Grants Employee Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
Efforts are underway to build a representative structure on the site of the sixty foot church where John Rolfe and Pocahontas married in the seventeenth century. This is the oldest know English church site in North America.
Archaeologists resurrect church where Pocahontas married | Fox News.
The article describes a variety of conservatives who question the validity of the state in regulating marriage due to the rise of homosexual marriages. Ministers/churches may not want to cooperate with the state but would ask couples to have a civil ceremony before the church ceremony.
On Religion – Ancient sacraments vs. paperwork for the modern state – Columns.
Prof. Erik Hermann describes the life of Martin Luther’s pastor, one of the most influential reformers at Wittenberg and the first to marry. The site also includes a fine timeline of Reformation events.
Johannes Bugenhagen | Reformation 500.
This is a surprisingly under-reported story. NBCI is an organization representing Black and Latino churches, especially on social issues. Their website includes an article expressing concern about the Supreme Court potentially redefining marriage.
34,000 Black Churches Break Ties With Presbyterian Church USA.
This article describes the higher birthrate of Muslims, which is projected to make the Muslim population surpass the Christian population by 2070. The article speculates that violence will be a likely result as shifts in power take place.
These demographics should help Protestants understand why Roman Catholics have maintained there views on birth control (that is, not using birth control). In the Near East, Christians and Muslims have adopted harsh customs to ensure that members of their communities do not cross over to the other religion due to the dangers that go along with depopulation. Marrying into the other religion will mean getting shut out of the family and could even mean death, things hard for those in the west to understand.
Islam projected to be world’s largest religion by 2070.
In May citizens in Ireland will vote on a marriage referendum. The Roman Catholic bishops state their opposition to a change in the constitution.
Marriage, sex, and age has sparked discussion in the Southern Baptist Convention. Unquestionably, Americans are waiting longer and longer to get married with complicating factors along the way.
Southern Baptist Convention: ‘Marry Younger To Avoid Premarital Sex’.