(RNS) “I’ll say this as clearly as I can: What’s very clear is that black lives are worthless in America and the criminal justice system. It’s time to right that unacceptable wrong.”
(RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday leaves unchanged 20 state laws blocking same-sex unions. Each is already under legal attack, and some judges in those cases had been waiting to see what the high court would do. The court’s instruction Monday: Proceed.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) “Though we may disagree, we should not be disagreeable,” Mormon Apostle Dallin H. Oaks said before Utah started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. “Our stands and communications on controversial topics should not be contentious.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The unexpected decision by the justices immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Given its standards for members’ conduct, the group won’t accept all Christians. And many who do qualify may not choose the plan as their exclusive means of paying for health care.
(RNS) Their absence at the Values Voter Summit could hurt the New Jersey governor and the brother of the former president with conservative Christians who are key to winning the GOP presidential primaries.
(RNS) “To offer a different world view endorsed by religions, as well as governments, in the long term will go a long way to defeating its appeal to those who are looking to join them,” said Antonios S. Kireopoulos of the National Council of Churches.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Perhaps the influence of the National Council of Churches was overinflated during its heyday a half-century ago, but it is a mistake to ignore the people behind the NCC.
WASHINGTON (RNS) White evangelicals, more than any other religious group, worry that the government will interfere with their religious liberty.