Opponents of Washington, D.C.’s new same-sex marriage law took the battle to the court of appeals Tuesday, demanding that the issue be decided by the people, not by legislators. Led by Maryland megachurch pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. – who filed the lawsuit against the city on behalf of Stand 4 Marriage D.C. – traditional marriage proponents are asking that residents be given their right to vote on the same-sex marriage law.
The arrest of a street preacher has renewed concern over religious freedom for Christians in the United Kingdom. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in his home town of Workington, in Cumbria, last month after he mentioned homosexuality as one of a number of sins listed in the Bible, alongside idolatry, blasphemy, fornication, and drunkenness.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates advised members of Congress to wait until the Pentagon completes its review of the effects of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy before changing the rule. In a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) on Friday, Gates said he “strongly opposed any legislation that seeks to change this policy prior to the completion of this vital assessment process.”