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Marriage - Homosexuality

Major study: changing sexual orientation is possible

by Kathleen Gilbert
WHEATON, Illinois, September 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Therapists who favor normalizing homosexuality say that it is impossible to change sexual orientation, and that the attempt to change is inherently harmful. However, the final results of a long-term study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy has joined hundreds of other studies in concluding that such therapy is both possible and potentially well-indicated for many individuals.
Psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University are the authors of the longitudinal study, which tracked individuals who sought sexual orientation change… Read More

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Same-sex “Marriage” v. Grandma

by Joseph Backholm on Nov 24, 2011
Over the next several months, you will likely be asked how same-sex “marriage” will affect you.
This question is asked because those trying to redefine marriage would like you to believe that it will have no impact on anyone whose names do not appear on the same-sex “marriage” license. They argue that this is a no lose situation because they will get marriage recognition and nothing changes for anyone else.
To the extent that you see the issue this way, you might be inclined to agree with them. But if you saw the… Read More

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The 0.2% Solution - Crunching the Same-Sex Marriage

October 04, 2011
The pressure to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples keeps increasing. The impression is given that thousands upon thousands of gays and lesbians are unable to do the one thing they want to do more than anything else: That is, have a wedding.
As if to prove the point, the US Census Bureau announced that it would be counting same-sex households in the 2010 Census. In August the Bureau announced that there are nearly a million. I was surprised by the small number.
But this past week, they reduced their estimate of same sex couple households by… Read More

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Lesbians Sue Vermont Inn for $1

July 28, 2011
by Catherine Snow
On July 19, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Wildflower Inn, a 24-room facility in Vermont, for refusing to host a wedding reception for a lesbian couple from Brooklyn, N.Y. The couple is asking for $1, as an injunction against the inn’s “discriminatory practices.”
Vermont, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, also has a Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, which keeps inns, motels and hotels with five or more rooms from turning patrons away based on their sexual orientation.
In a statement issued just after the lawsuit was filed,... Read More

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'Gay rights' forecast: expect havoc

By Louie Verrecchio

With liberal activists emboldened by their recent legislative victory in New York (where a same-sex “marriage” bill was passed into law on June 24) one can reasonably expect to see efforts redoubled to further promote the “gay rights” agenda nationally. With this in mind I’d like to offer some observations.

Victory for freedom?

In every state where same-sex “marriage” laws exist (New York being the sixth plus the District of Columbia), it has come about via legislative gamesmanship with the outcome being greatly influenced by the well-financed efforts of out-of-state activists, and even then were they passed by just the... Read More

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“Rejection of common law, history and tradition”

Law pushed by homosexual advocates that redefines fatherhood clears state legislature
Yet another bill opposed by the state’s Catholic bishops is on its way to the governor for his signature – this one co-sponsored by homosexual advocacy groups that seek to redefine fatherhood in a way that favors children with same-sex parents.
The bill, AB 1349, sponsored by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, passed the state Senate by a vote of 23-14 on July 14. It cleared the Assembly 52-22 in May. The measure was co-sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
“AB 1349 is a... Read More

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Like Jumping off a Building - Gender and the Moral Order

Chuck Colson June 03, 2011

In his book, The Right Questions, former Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson tells of a liberal professor at a very politically correct university. The professor and his wife considered themselves “feminists against homophobia,” and were quite willing to apply their views to their own family.

Had their son told them he was gay, they would have eagerly affirmed him. But they were shocked at what their son actually did tell them: That he was transgendered.
What did this mean? As Johnson recalls in his book, the son answered: “It means I’m a girl. I want to wear... Read More

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You Thought You Were Only Shopping - Culture Wars Online

By: Chuck Colson | Published: September 29, 2011 8:20 AM
Did you know that shopping online could be considered a homophobic activity? Neither did I.
Imagine that your laptop finally gives up the ghost. You have several options: You can drive to the store and buy a new one, or you can shop online.
If you choose the latter, you have another option: You can buy it from an online retailer, or you can connect to a retailer via a portal. Why? Because some portals, like CGBG, split its share of the profits with a charity of your choice.
It’s... Read More

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Urgency and Mercy

Author’s note – Each day’s entry is based a passage from St Faustina’s diary. The passage entry is the number in parentheses at the end of each opening quote or simply a page number in parenthesis. Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy in My Soul
" ‘I have eternity for punishing sinners, and so I am prolonging the time of Mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them who do not recognize this time of My visitation! (1160)
‘A strange power has been pushing me into action, not giving me a moment’s peace. A strange... Read More

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Straight Talk

YES, it is coming, but for many Christians it is already here: the Passion of the Church. As the priest raised the Holy Eucharist this morning during Mass here in Nova Scotia where I just arrived to give a men’s retreat, his words took on new meaning: This is My Body which will be given up for you.
We are His Body. United to Him mystically, we too were "given up" that Holy Thursday to share in the sufferings of Our Lord, and thus, to share also in His Resurrection. "Only through suffering can one enter Heaven," said the priest... Read More

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Cowardice: the state and homosexualist powers against a former lesbian and her daughter

by Julio Severo Thu Dec 01, 2011 17:09 EST
Rev. Timothy David “Timo” Miller, who acted courageously in his defense of a persecuted child and her mother, has now made a deal with federal prosecutors, who are seeking to take Isabella Miller away from her mother and give her to an unrelated lesbian. No one knows exactly what this deal is, but prosecutors appear to be pleased with the results.
Miller’s case is disturbing: He was arrested last spring when he returned to the United States from Nicaragua, where he worked as a missionary. He was charged with helping Lisa... Read More

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On 'gay marriage' poll results, be skeptical

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 by Michael Foust
WASHINGTON (BP)--If three new major polls are to be believed, then most Americans now support "gay marriage" -- a mere two years after Maine voters prohibited it and three years after Californians did the same.
Is America in the midst of a dramatic moral revolution? Or is it possible, as some suggest, that participants in the poll simply feel compelled to give the politically correct answer? Or, perhaps, is the answer to both questions, "yes"?
It is difficult to write off the polls as biased. All three of the polls --... Read More

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Bishops Need To Get Serious

by Pat Archbold
Thursday, June 30, 2011

In a radio interview earlier in the week I was asked what is needed to get Catholic politicians to stop supporting gay marriage. My answer was short and simple. The Bishops need to get serious. Catholic politicians have no fear of voting against the teaching of the Church on very grave matters because other that some occasional Episcopal tut-tutting, nothing ever happens to them.
The Bishops could not be that serious about stopping gay marriage or else they would do something serious about it. And by serious I mean one thing. Let me explain.
Well in advance of any vote... Read More

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Solutions for Strengthening Marriage in America

This article refers to a conference that was held last February.

NASHVILLE — Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., and the Ruth Institute, a San Marcos, Calif.-based institute promoting marriage, have teamed up to host a conference to answer the challenges marriage faces today.
Called “Love and Life in the Divine Plan and in Real Life,” the two-day conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, takes its inspiration from the U.S. Bishops’ 2009 pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.
In order to prepare and equip people to defend the truth about marriage, the conference will focus on the... Read More

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Marriage and Family
What Matters Most, Part 2

Published Date: December 30, 2008

The foundation of a healthy society is the family. And the foundation of a healthy family is a healthy marriage.

This has been a great Christmas. Our son Wendell and his daughter Rebekah are about to arrive. And Emily and our grandson Max were just with us. As you may have heard me say before, Max, who is autistic, can be a handful. I marvel at Emily’s love for him and at the strength God has given her to be such a good mother. I am so proud of her, as I am of my... Read More

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Michelle Bachmann and Ex-Gays

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I Am a Man
By Greg Quinlan
Why have gay activists instigated media attention over ex-gays and the husband of Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann?
Apparently, Mr. Bachmann, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, operates several counseling centers which also offer services to homosexual clients seeking to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. But because even one ex-gay proves that homosexual behavior is not innate or immutable, the gay lobby’s fear of their former members results in false claims and attacks aimed at preventing homosexuals from exercising their right to self-determination. They cannot bear to have even one... Read More

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Dr. Morse’s remarks to MN House of Reps
re: a Marriage Amendment for SSM

May 23rd, 2011
Prepared remarks for Minnesota House of Representatives, hearings on the marriage amendment Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage May 2, 2011, St. Paul, Minnesota
I am Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage. My doctorate is in economics, from the University of Rochester, in NY. I have taught at Yale and George Mason Universities. I have had fellowships with the University of Chicago, Cornell Law School, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford... Read More

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Marriage - Information

4 Reasons Cameron Diaz is Wrong about Marriage

Posted on July 11, 2011 by Bryan Davis

Actress Cameron Diaz, 38, is wrong about marriage. In a recent interview, she declared marriage a “dying institution.” Ms. Diaz added, “I don’t think we should live our lives in relationships based off old traditions that don’t suit our world any longer.” Cameron’s marital philosophy is, perhaps, not all that surprising coming from a Hollywood actress, but a well-known psychiatrist’s agreement with her is shocking…and nauseating. New York Times best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow has written 4 Reasons Why Marriage is a Dying Institution, which we do encourage you to... Read More

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Archbishop Dolan's recent letter to President Obama on DOMA

Dear Mr. President:
I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage. This past spring the Justice Department announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, a decision strongly opposed by the Catholic Bishops of the United States and many others. Now the Justice Department has shifted from not defending DOMA.which is problem enough, given the duty of the executive branch to enforce even laws it disfavors.to actively... Read More

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How Does Legalizing “Same-Sex Marriage” Deny the True Nature of Marriage?

The Situation
  • Catholic belief and teaching stands opposed to same-sex unions being granted the social, legal, and moral equivalency of marriage. Only marriage is the union of one man and one woman joined in an exclusive, faithful, permanent partnership of life and love.
  • Some people believe that the Catholic position is based upon hostility toward homosexual persons. This is not true. Catholic teaching is based on the true nature of marriage that is discoverable by human reason. This truth is confirmed by divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture.
  • Supporters of “same-sex marriage” make three claims about marriage, either implicitly or explicitly, that contradict the true nature of marriage and are in fact destructive of it.
  • Three claims have become clear from recent court decisions. Judges who support “same-sex marriage” have articulated these new and disturbing views that can both reflect and shape public opinion.
Read the Article: http://old.usccb.org/laity/marriage/samesexeng.shtml

Hat Tip: Shannon

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Help and Hope for Those Struggling to Leave Homosexuality

Regeneration Ministries

Regeneration, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax exempt Christian ministry associated with Exodus International - North America. We seek to bring God's healing to men and women struggling with homosexuality, sexual addiction and other relational issues, and to help the Body of Christ in reaching out to these men and women. Permission is granted for churches and ministries to photocopy or reprint for noncommercial purposes any article from this website. Abridgements or modifications of articles do require prior approval by Regeneration. Regeneration News is sent to those who request it. Our continued operation is entirely dependent on contributions, and we appreciate any financial help from our subscribers.

Find out more by clicking here http://regenerationministries.org/

Exodus International

What is Exodus?

Exodus is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization promoting the message of Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.

Since 1976, Exodus has grown to include over 230 local ministries in the USA and Canada. We are also linked with other Exodus world regions outside of North America through the Exodus Global Alliance.

Within both the Christian and secular communities, Exodus has challenged those who respond to homosexuals with ignorance and fear, and those who uphold homosexuality as a valid orientation. These extremes fail to convey the fullness of redemption found in Jesus Christ, a gift which is available to all who commit their life and their sexuality to Him.

Find out more by clicking here http://exodusinternational.org/

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