Nevada Senate Advances Bill to Allow Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in State if Supreme Court Overturns Decision

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate has advanced a resolution that would place on the 2020 ballot the question of whether the state Constitution should be amended to remove language recognizing marriage as being solely between a man and a woman, and replace it with text that essentially states that gender is irrelevant in marriage.

Assembly Joint Resolution 2 passed 19-2 on Monday after language was added prohibiting the punishment of pastors who decline to officiate ceremonies that are violative of their faith.

“The State of Nevada and its political subdivisions shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of gender,” the proposed amendment reads. “Religious organizations and members of the clergy have the right to refuse to solemnize a marriage, and no person has the right to make any claim against a religious organization or member of the clergy for such a refusal.”

Only Republican Sens. Joe Hardy of Boulder City and Don Gustavson of Sparks voted against the resolution.

“The fact that we would legitimize discrimination against people based upon their gender and gender orientation, this will go a long way to rectifying that like the equivalent of women having the right to vote or the Equal Rights Amendment,” Senator Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, told local television station KUNR.

However, Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, noted in February that the amendment is exclusionary of other types of marital arrangements, such as those who are in polyamorous relationships, as changing the language would only benefit homosexuals and would not be equal to all.

“We continue to discriminate against that type of marriage,” he said.

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John Wagner of the Independent American Party of Nevada told Christian News Network on Wednesday that Democrats are intent on pushing the proposal forward. Wagner has been working to lobby against the measure and testified against it in committee.

“Whatever God does is the correct way; what man does—I’m sorry, but they’re not right,” he said.

Wagner also noted that Nevada voters have twice approved constitutional amendments recognizing marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Nonetheless, Assembly Joint Resolution 2 will now move forward following Monday’s vote. The bill must clear the legislature a second time in 2019 for it to be placed on the ballot in 2020.

While lawmakers state that the proposal was introduced out of concern that the Supreme Court could overturn its ruling under a Trump presidency, as previously reported, newly appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch said during his confirmation hearing that he believes Obergefell v. Hodges is “absolutely settled law.”

Trump made similar remarks in November, being asked during an interview with “60 Minutes” if he “supports marriage equality.”

“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled,” Trump replied. “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”

“So even if you appoint a judge that—,” interviewer Leslie Stahl interjected, alluding to the possibility of overturning Obergefell.

“It’s done,” Trump stated. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”

Proverbs 14:34 reads, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”


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  • InTheChurch

    Walk in to any county courthouse, pay your fee and get a license. Anyone can do this. Marry whomever you please and however many times or partners as you like. But, don’t tell or force the church to marry or say this is holy.

    • Colin Rafferty

      Absolutely. Churches have always had the ability to turn away people who do not follow their faith. For example, Catholics Priests have always been able to refuse to marry divorcees.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Divorcees should not ask the Catholic priests to marry them. The homosexual people should never ask any church to marry them. Christianity and sexual immorality are for-ever incompatible.

        • Colin Rafferty

          That is already the case. No church is required to marry people that don’t follow their religion. And they never have.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            American homosexuals sue churches for refusing to marry them. It’s altogether wrong.

          • Colin Rafferty

            No they don’t. Please name one.

          • Michael C

            American homosexuals sue churches for refusing to marry them. It’s altogether wrong.

            You’ve gone from bizarre rants to outright lies. Tsk tsk.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Denying the crimes. Read the news.

          • Sharon_at_home

            No I’ve never heard of this happening Grace. You will have to give us references (links) or we’ll have to count this as a mistake.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            This has never happened.

          • Johndoe

            That’s a lie.

          • rubellapox2

            No, they don’t.. that is a falsehood… you’re bearing false witness….

          • SFBruce

            Name one lawsuit brought against a church by any couple, gay or straight, because that church refused to marry them. Churches have all kinds of rules about what marriage they will and won’t permit, and it’s totally legal. Some only allow church members, some only allow those who’ve gone through their pastor’s pre-marital counseling, and I could go on and on and on. And even if someone filed suit, they would loose.

      • InTheChurch

        Do you understand why?
        There is a standard to keep. The Bible has set that standard and the church needs to follow that standard.

        • Colin Rafferty

          Of course. This is the basis of freedom of religion.

    • james blue

      Churches have always had the freedom to refuse to marry anyone for any reason. They can refuse to marry divorcees, people of different faiths or races, people who are not members of their congregation or even people who are members, but haven’t attended enough.

      I see no reason why refusing to marry same gender people would be any different.

      • InTheChurch

        Today, that is correct. But, how about tomorrow? has the line been drawn and boundaries have been set?

        • TheKingOfRhye

          Unless you have some facts to base that on, that’s just an unsupported “slippery slope” argument.

          • InTheChurch

            That argument might have some traction in the future.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Again, unless you have some facts to base that on….

          • Sisyphus

            I’m actually surprised no one has mentioned that bestiality is next…seems to be some folks’ logical conclusion.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria!”

          • InTheChurch

            I get your point. I am with you but we shall see in the future.

        • james blue

          Get back to me if that changes, but is hasn’t for any other reason, so why would you think it would for this?

          • InTheChurch

            Are Americans satisfied? or do they want more?

          • james blue

            More what?

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Well, I’m obviously not speaking for all Americans, but I believe just as much as I’m guessing you do that churches should be allowed to refuse to marry whoever they want.

    • William of Glynn

      .Absolutely! My spouse and I are fortunate to belong to a welcoming church that has married plenty of same-sex couples, as well as interracial opposite-sex couples

      • 0pus

        LOL – “my spouse.”

        Two old guys splitting the utility bills.

        Funny.

        • Colin Rafferty

          Actually, they’re probably having awesome sex, without so many hangups.

          • Amos Moses

            because that is the only goal of marriage …………. nope ……….. not even close ……

          • Colin Rafferty

            Well it’s not about sitting around and splitting utility bills.

          • Amos Moses

            since it is not a marriage ….. pretty much so ………

          • Colin Rafferty

            The original poster said “spouse”. That sounds like a marriage to me.

            The fact that it’s not a marriage that you personally would want to be in is irrelevant.

          • Amos Moses

            “The original poster said “spouse”. ”

            yep ….. trying to put sugar on the lie does not alter the fact that it is a lie …… it is not a marriage ……….. the FACT that it is not a real marriage ………… IS relevant …..

          • Colin Rafferty

            I’m certain it is. Why would someone lie about this. I assume they registered with their State, got a license, had a ceremony, and now have a marriage certificate. I’m pretty confident that they are filing taxes as “married filing jointly”, and one spouse will inherit the other’s Social Security benefits when the other dies. They probably have a family plan for health insurance, and they’ll be able to inherit each other’s IRAs with no taxes.

            Now it may be the case that there is something about this couple that makes you think that it’s not a marriage. But odds are, that’s just something that you personally don’t like, but it isn’t something that is recognized legally as a reason to not be married.

            And in the end, a marriage is strictly defined by the law and by the two people involved.

          • Tangent002

            Wait…You mean marriage isn’t defined by Amos Moses?

          • rubellapox2

            Haaaaa

          • Amos Moses

            it is a lie none the less ……….. the entire concept is a lie as to it being a marriage ……

          • Tangent002

            Then it’s a legal lie. You win.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            I’m not married, but if I were, I wouldn’t care what either you or a god I don’t believe in thinks about it.

          • 0pus

            They are the lowest form of human life. They molest little boys and spread diseases. They have no conscience. More like some reptiles or insects than humans. Incapable of love.

          • Colin Rafferty

            Why are you saying that about Willian of Glynn? How do you know him, and why do you think he’s a pedophile?

      • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

        Your church is not a Christian Church. Those who condone sin are as guilty as those who participate in that sin.

        • Colin Rafferty

          If Christian churches can’t agree on something a major as transubstantiation, how can you respect them to agree on something as minor as choosing a partner?

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            Think about what Jesus willingly did for us because of our sins. There is nothing minor about sin.

          • Colin Rafferty

            Different Christian churches have different doctrine. Some Christian churches do not see that as a sin.

            Just as some churches believe that they are literally eating Christ’s flesh every Sunday. And others that don’t. Yet we would call each of them Christian.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            It matters not what man says or thinks. It only matters what God says and thinks. It is up to us to come and agree with Him. Not the other way around.

          • Parodyx

            I notice that when you have it pointed out to you that there are different Christian denominations with different beliefs, you make the statement that only God’s word matters. But that doesn’t address the problem put before you – with so many people doing what they THINK God wants, how do you know who is right and who is wrong?

        • William of Glynn

          I never suggested it’s a “Christian” church… and it doesn’t have to be.

          Nothing sinful about marriage.

          • Amos Moses

            right …. but everything about homomarriage is ………..

          • William of Glynn

            Your objection to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with religion. What frustrates you about it is the fact that gay couples have proven themselves to be capable of committed monogamous partnerships, which flies in the face of your hate-driven agenda.

          • Amos Moses

            nope … has everything to do with it being a lie ….. and that does have to do with christianity ……

          • William of Glynn

            A legal marriage is certainly not a lie. And it certainly has nothing to do with “Christianity.”

          • Amos Moses

            but it is still not a marriage ……. has to do with the definition of marriage …… and two of the same sex is not a marriage …… the law is a lie ….. the marriage is a lie ….. and that has to do with christianity …….

          • William of Glynn

            A legal marriage is a legal marriage. The law is the law. Has nothing to do with “Christianity.”

          • Amos Moses

            it being a LIE has everything to do with christianity …………… what you have is not a marriage ….. it might be a homomarriage …… but it is not a marriage ……. and you go to a “church” of goats ………….

          • William of Glynn

            A legal marriage is a legal marriage. A church is a church. Has nothing to do with “Christianity.”

          • Amos Moses

            repeating your lies does not make them true ….. no matter what Goebbels told you ……….

          • William of Glynn

            In time, you’ll get used to the idea of marriage equality.

          • Tangent002

            No, he really won’t.

          • Amos Moses

            and as i said before …….. ummmmmmm ……… nnnnnnnnno ……… and in time you will regret this fatally flaw choice ……………

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            It will have everything to do with it when you and your buddy stand before God in judgement.

          • William of Glynn

            Spouse.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            And unless you both repent and come to God through His son Christ Jesus, you are both going to Hell with eternal torment in the lake of fire.

          • William of Glynn

            To each his own, but that doesn’t sound like any deity I’d want to worship.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            He is the only one true living God. There is no other.

          • William of Glynn

            Still …

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            You have my sincere sympathy.

          • William of Glynn

            No need.

          • Parodyx

            How many people do you convert to your brand of Christianity with your loving threats of a lake of fire? Just curious.

          • 0pus

            Two minimum-wage losers splitting the bills.

            No woman would want either one of you.

          • William of Glynn

            You must really be a sad and pathetic little peon.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            Everything is sinful about same sex sex aka homosexuality.

          • William of Glynn

            Within the boundaries of marriage, homosexual sex is no more of a “sin” than heterosexual sex.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            God says you are wrong. It is a sin. It is sexual immorality. It is an abomination. It is a perversion.

            Like all sin it is a choice. Like all sin only Christ Jesus is the cure.

          • William of Glynn

            Your deity hasn’t said anything. You’ve said it.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            And who or what is your deity?

          • William of Glynn

            I don’t understand the question.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            And you are a liar.

        • Bob Johnson

          Does your church have obese parishioners? Remember gluttony is a sin.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            Yes and I am one of them. What is your point?

          • Bob Johnson

            Well, you said, “… not a Christian Church. Those who condone sin are as guilty as…”
            Gluttony is a sin, one of the seven deadly sins, therefore, your church, by your definition, is not a Christian Church if it is allowing sinners to be parishioners.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            We are all sinners and welcomed into the house of God. That is not the same as condoning sin and FYI I am not a glutton.

      • InTheChurch

        Congrats to you and your spouse.
        You know that your church is questionable to even follow Christ. Are you 100% sure that your church is biblically sound?
        I am not being mean or anything. Just want to have a good talk and discuss like adults. Please don’t take it bad. I am not opposed to your marriage at all. I know plenty of gay couples. We just have to separate what is God’s and what is not. I hope you understand.

        • rubellapox2

          Marriage in this country is a civil contract.. doesn’t require a religious component…. it’s not god’s…

          • InTheChurch

            you are correct. So why are there gay marriages ceremonies with priests?

          • Tangent002

            Because some priests don’t have a problem with officiating at same-sex ceremonies.

          • InTheChurch

            Her point was that this is not about religion, but it is.

          • Tangent002

            Religion is an optional component in a marriage.

          • rubellapox2

            Some denominations do marry gay. not because they’re being forced to, but because they want to…and they have the right to it..

          • InTheChurch

            You said this is not god’s. so why the religious ceremony?

          • rubellapox2

            Some people like their unions blessed by their deity, I guess… but it’s not a requirement..

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            God does not bless sin.

          • rubellapox2

            Your god is your god.. you’re definition of sin is for you and those who believe like you… I personally did not have any “religious” person officiate at my wedding…

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            There is only one true living God and like it or not He is your God also. His son is Christ Jesus and He and only He can save you and set you free.

          • rubellapox2

            Nope…I’ve already explained to you that I’m not a member of your cult…

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            True Christianity is not a cult and you will stand before Him in judgement.

          • rubellapox2

            Dude you don’t get to pick a god for me…. I’ve made no covenant, no promises to your god, whether it’s true Christianity or not….

          • Bob Johnson

            He can save you – by grace alone. We have no input into His choice.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            It is our choice whether or not to accept Him as our Savior. If we reject Him we also reject God.

          • Bob Johnson

            God only going to take 144,000 jews. Revelation chapter 7

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            All who are born again by the Blood Atonement and Holy Spirit of Christ will be saved and spend eternity with Him. John 3.

          • TheLastHonestLawyer

            144,000 virgin male Jews.

          • Fur Hunter

            Bob…….I sent a message for Doug to ponder. You might like to see what I told him. Check it out. GRIN!

          • Chris

            Prove it.

          • Fur Hunter

            Doug……..What are you talking about? Romans was written by Paul who was a latent and closeted homosexual who hated himself. That’s why he wrote the things he did. And Jesus…..Well, Jesus was over 30, not married, lived and slept with 12 men, kissed Judas and said He loved Big Peter. Damn! Jesus was GAY!!!! Now prove I am wrong..

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            You have been flagged and blocked.

          • 0pus

            Who would marry YOU? Sheesh, that face would peel the tile off the floor.

          • rubellapox2

            Happily married since 2011, god bless your heart….

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Obergefell doesn’t apply to churches. Never has.

      • InTheChurch

        I know that. But, is that it? or are they fighting for more? Are they satisfied just with Obergefell?
        I don’t think so. The church can be next.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          So you’re angry about something that might possibly happen somewhere but hasn’t?

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Watch your step around here, these slopes are getting slippery….

          • InTheChurch

            I’m not angry. I am just making the point that the church might have to fold. Some have already and those that resist might have no option.
            AC, please give me some legal info on what happened today with the 501C3 churches. I know that the churches have been “held back” from political speeches and sermons but are excempt from taxes. So with this, free to speak and keep the exemption. Correct?
            Can the church go through what we are discussing because of this new changes? No longer “protected” and now will be obligated to change?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You must be talking about Trump’s Executive Order. Among a few other things, he ordered the IRS’s parent agency, the Department of the Treasury, not to take any action against churches for their political speech. They’re still forbidden from endorsing candidates by the Johnson Amendment, but now there’s no punishment for breaking the law.

          • InTheChurch

            Can this open the church to problems? law suits? your last statement is concerning and maybe that is why I am asking.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            The IRS doesn’t sue anyone. They initiate administrative actions. And now there’s one less that they’re allowed to do.

          • InTheChurch

            thank you

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You’re welcome.

        • rubellapox2

          The church can not be forced to marry anyone for any reason whatsoever.. period.. the first amendment protects that right…

    • The General

      It isn’t “holy.” It’s wholly ridiculous.

      • Sisyphus

        As long as there are civil rights attached to “marriage” this is a 14th Amendment issue and has no bearing on church involvement or your preferred version of religiosity.

      • TheLastHonestLawyer

        OK, an honest question for you.

        I grew up Muslim in California’s Central Valley. Let’s say I stuck with my faith, and got married to a nice Muslim girl. After the ceremony we signed the marriage certificate to be filed with the county.

        Would that marriage be legitimate in your eyes?

    • Croquet_Player

      No one is telling churches or clerics whom they may or may not marry.

      • Vince

        For the present time, you’re only trying to shut down bakers and florists. Since there’s a clear pattern of trying to destroy Christian businesses, we can safely assume you intend to go after clergy at some point. You clearly take pleasure in dragging Christians into court.

        • Colin Rafferty

          Absolutely not. If this were true, Catholic Churches would have been forced to marry divorcees years ago. Churches have always been allowed to discriminate against people who don’t follow their faith, and always will.

        • Croquet_Player

          On the contrary. It’s worth noting that the bakers and florists could easily remain in business if they wished, with no legal troubles at all. Simply stop doing wedding cakes or wedding flowers, for anyone. But no, the few who wound up in court wanted it both ways. They wanted to continue making money on those items, so they kept selling them, just not to gay people. In doing so, they violated their state’s anti-discrimination laws. Also, there are millions of Christian-owned businesses which have no problem doing business with everyone. Not all Christians are bigots, I’m happy to say. Indeed, with hundreds of various Christian denominations, there are plenty of churches who will happily marry same-sex couples.

        • Tangent002

          Only one business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, has closed their doors due to their refusal to follow state laws. The couple who ran the bakery received over $300,000 from a GoFundMe campaign on their behalf, so I don’t think their hurting.

          Arlene’s Flowers and Masterpiece Cakeshop are both still in business.

        • William of Glynn

          Since there’s still plenty of bakers and florists still in business, I suppose we’re not very effective.

      • InTheChurch

        You are right, today it’s not happening. But, tomorrow?

        • William of Glynn

          Tomorrow is only a day away.

          • InTheChurch

            Look what happened today, 501C3?

        • Croquet_Player

          I don’t buy the “slippery slope” argument at all. Religious institutions are protected by the constitution, and always have been. I am reminded of the ridiculous arguments against marriage equality which actually suggested, in all seriousness, that if marriage equality were to pass, people would then want to marry their pets. Or that it threatened “traditional marriage”. Well, marriage equality has passed, and there’s no flood of people lining up to try to marry their pets. Nor is there a sudden race to the divorce courts by already married couples. They were entirely nonsense then, they’re still nonsense, and it was all a bunch of empty, nasty fear-mongering.

  • Michael C

    It took the state of Alabama over 30 years to remove their constitution’s interracial marriage ban after it was invalidated by the Supreme Court in 1967.

    In 2000, Alabama voters finally removed the ban from their state constitution. Over 40% of voters still wanted to keep the unenforceable bans on the books at that time.

    40%. 33 years later.

    I can definitely understand why no state would want to wait too long to remove these types of constitutional amendments.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      You Westerners should stop comparing the races and sexual sins. It was the colored who were discriminated against, not the whites.You Americans are practically saying that the colored are like the sexually depraved. A disgusting comparisn. When will you stop the stupid racism in the West? You guys are wrong in the foundational thinking. Read the Holy Bible and listen to the Biblical Christian leaders in the land and regain sanity and morality.

      • Michael C

        Dear non-U.S. citizen,

        Race and sexual orientation are two distinct and separate characteristics. However, there are parallels that can be made between the struggles for civil rights between the two classes.

        In no way have I attempted to equate race with sexual orientation. I’ve simply stated that bigotry and ignorance will forever mar the reputation of the state of Alabama. I caution other states from making the same mistakes where similar issues are concerned.

        As an aside, please strike the word colored from your vocabulary. It only makes you sound like the racist in the conversation.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          There is no parallels between the colored people and sexually immoral people. Colored people suffered innocently, but homosexual people suffered because of their abnormal inclinations to sins. Violences against them was wrong, but it’s not like the colored people exploited unconditionally because of the skin colors.

          American culture upholds sexual immorality too much. Every culture has deadly defects. The homosexuals should be given certain rights for life and safety because Jesus gave sexual offenders unspecified time for repentance, but no one on earth should be forced to treat homosexuality as anything normal although Western depravity makes it impossible.

  • Malleus

    The state that has legal gambling and prostitution, and they side with homosexuals.

    Wow, what a shock. Once you embrace one form of vice, you embrace all of them.

    • Colin Rafferty

      What’s so wrong with making sure that everyone has equal rights?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Western Sodomites’ “equal rights” means banning of morality and religious freedom. Americans overdid the civil rights movement. Who imagined they’d apply the racial euality upon the sexual depravity? You guys need Christianity to become humane and civilized.

        • Colin Rafferty

          How does someone else’s marriage injure your religious freedom? You are still perfectly free to marry who you like.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The USA bans Christianity and the Holy Bible for the love of Sodomy. People should be always able to declare and treat homosexuality and transgenderism is sin. Otherwise, there is no freedom.

          • Colin Rafferty

            People certainly have the option of treating their own homosexuality as sin. No one is being forced to practice anything.

            As for stopping people from declaring it, you’re doing it right now, and no one is stopping you.

            I know you have a hard time posting links, but if you could please give a name of a person in the USA who is stopped from declaring homosexuality a sin, I’d love to know. Because they don’t exist.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, the West forces. The persecution is bits by bits. Today, it’s wedding business people, tomorrow pastors, and eventually anyone who opposes homosexuality. Read the archive news this site. Homosexuality also causes pedophilia; mankind must battle against childless West’s madness. You guys are normal only when you are Christian.

          • Colin Rafferty

            Thank you for acknowledging that this is not currently happening. That it’s only businesses that are not allowed to discriminate.

            Of course, I disagree with you about the idea that churches are going to be forced to. But that’s mainly because it’s never happened. If you think it will happen in the future, that’s just a difference of opinions.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Refusing to serve homosexuality is religious freedom. Christian churches and schools are being sued or oppressed by Sodomic individuals and authorities. The West must stop using the word “discrimination” upon sexual depravity. Sin cannot be discriminated against and rightfully rejected.

          • Colin Rafferty

            No, it’s interfering with your customer’s religious freedom. Just like you can’t refuse to serve women, even if your religion forbids it.

            You may not choose your religion, but you certainly make a choice in your job. If you don’t want to make cakes for the gays, you should choose a different job, not choose to illegally discriminate.

            And there are zero Christian churches or schools being sued. Zero. You’ve even acknowledged just five minutes ago that it’s not happening right now.

            Please name one if you disagree.

          • SFBruce

            You seem to misunderstand the meaning of religious freedom. True freedom of religion means everyone, including Jews, Hindus, all sects of Christianity and even non-believers. When one religious group forces its beliefs on another group, that’s religion tyranny, the very opposite of freedom.

          • Bob Johnson

            Gluttony is also a sin and America has far more morbidly obese people than homosexuals.

          • SFBruce

            That’s just not true. I live in one of the most progressive and gay-friendly cities in the country, and yet there are Christian churches all over the place, and given all the sects represented, I think they include at least a few that would meet your standards. Not only is the Bible not banned, but the translation of your choice is a click away on the very computer you’re using to claim it’s been banned.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          What has been banned?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christianity and the Holy Bible.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            I just looked it up…there are 77 Christian churches in my zip code (roughly a 45-square-mile area) alone. If Christianity is banned, apparently nobody told them yet.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Go to church on Sunday to hear the life-saving Word of God. The Mainliners should not be counted as a church; they have bent God’s truth. It’s American public that bans Christianity. Today’s USA is more like Nazi Germany than the Soviet Union. Hitler knew that outright closing of churches can never be accepted by the Germans unlike the Russians; so he made the German churches submissive to him instead of closing them. He took the German children and brainwashed them to do evil. Then-German churches were as good as non-existing. This should not be a case of American churches this century.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “No True Scotsman” and “Godwin’s Law”….it’s a two-fer!

            Look, I don’t *care* who’s a “true Christian” and who isn’t. As an atheist, why would or should I?

            It’s American public that bans Christianity”

            70% of that public are Christians!!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            But half of them support abortion and same-sex “marriage”; therefore half are out. Christians are are a minority in the USA now.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Oh, okay, now I get it. By “Christianity is banned”, what you really mean is “Christians who believe the same as I do don’t have power over other Christians and non-Christians as well.”

          • Ambulance Chaser

            And Moving the Goalposts. Don’t forget that one.

          • Sisyphus

            Christianity nor the Bible have been banned in the US, do you have a habit of lying?

      • Amos Moses

        strawman ………

        • Colin Rafferty

          I can’t tell what you mean. Are you saying that allowing same-gender marriage is not equal rights? What is the strawman that I am propping up>

    • Tangent002

      Utah is the only state without some form of legal gambling.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    America’s western states and north-eastern are such a tragedy. The Nevada residents need religious freedom to treat homosexuality as sin.

    • Colin Rafferty

      How does this law change your religious freedom? What does it stop you from doing or compel you to do?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        One can’t declare or treat homosexuality as sin in the Western nations. The authorities force people to serve the gay weddings although such things are like Satanic rituals to Christians. Only the Sodomites and their sinful supporters have freedom and full rights, not moral people. The West is worse than the ancient Rome regarding human rights because today’s Western caesar is Sodomy.

        • Colin Rafferty

          Anyone can declare it a sin. No one is stopped from saying so. Anyone can choose to treat their own homosexuality as a sin. No one is stopped from that.

          As for forcing people to serve at same-sex weddings, you are only half correct. No one is going to drag you off the street and force you to serve. However, if you are in the business of providing wedding services, then you cannot choose to discriminate against your customers. But that’s not just about gender, but also about race, or age.

          If your personal prejudices prevent you from providing service to everyone who walks in your door, you need to find a different line of work. No one is forcing you to bake wedding cakes, or host weddings.

          And it’s not just same-gender couples that have these rights. A baker also can’t refuse service to a mixed-gender couple. This is not special rights, but equal rights. Your wedding is also protected.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I don’t go to known homosexual bakers or kwon pagan bakers to decorate a cake with Bible verses although I will just buy bread from them. The same should be done to Christian bakers. American Sodomites knowingly make the Christians suffer. The religious persecution must end.

          • Colin Rafferty

            You have a pretty twisted definition of persecution. Help, I’m being forced not to discriminate in my public business! The law says that I have to serve all my customers, not just the ones I don’t hate!

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “I don’t go to known homosexual bakers or kwon pagan bakers to decorate a
            cake with Bible verses although I will just buy bread from them.”

            Under U.S. anti-discrimination laws, it’s illegal for those bakers, no matter what their sexuality or religion is, to refuse to bake a cake just because it has bible verses on it.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    ChristianPost reports on religious persecutions against Christians by LGBT in USA:

    “Evangelist Franklin Graham said Tuesday that Christians in America
    who oppose the LGBT agenda are being “persecuted” and singled out “over
    and over and over again” for acting in accordance with their biblical
    convictions on sexuality.

    Graham, the president of both the Billy
    Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian organization
    Samaritan’s Purse, spoke as a guest on the “Washington Watch” radio
    program hosted by prominent social conservative activist and Family
    Research Council President Tony Perkins to discuss BGEA’s upcoming World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians being held in Washington, D.C. next week.

    The
    summit, which runs from May 10–13, has been touted by Graham as the
    “first event of its kind” that will bring together over 600 people from
    over 130 countries across the globe, many of whom will tell of their own
    first-hand accounts of being persecuted for their faith in Christ.

    The conference comes as tens of thousands of Christians are killed, imprisoned or persecuted worldwide because of their faith every year.

    “I
    want our politicians to see what is happening and I want the voices of
    these people who have been persecuted, I want their voices to be heard. I
    want to give them a stage for them to be able to tell their stories and
    do it right there in Washington, where hopefully, we can see some
    policy changes,” Graham said of the summit.

    The summit was originally scheduled to be held in Moscow, Russia, last October but was moved and rescheduled after an “anti-terrorism” law was passed that severely limits freedoms of missionaries and evangelists.

    Although
    terrible atrocities are being carried out against Christians and other
    religious minorities across the world, Perkins implied during the
    discussion that “the indifference” expressed toward religious freedom on
    a domestic level by the U.S. government in recent years has sent “a
    message to the terrorists and the tyrants abroad that they are free to
    do as they please when it comes to Christianity.”

    Graham agreed
    and listed various cases in which Christian business owners in the
    United States feel their First Amendment rights have been violated by
    non-discrimination policies and regulations that force them to either
    participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies or sell abortifacients even
    though those actions might come into conflict with their religious
    beliefs.

    “That’s true, Tony. We need not only put a spotlight on
    what is happening around the world but what is happening here in this
    country, where Christians are being persecuted, but in a different way,”
    Graham said. “Like you said, it’s not with a gun or a sword but they
    are being forced out of business because they did not support the
    gay-lesbian agenda.”

    Graham also spoke about the case of Christian bakers in Oregon who were fined $135,000 by
    the state for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding on the
    grounds that it would have violated their religious convictions.

    He also mentioned the case of a Catholic family-owned pharmacy in Washington that sued the state over a law mandating
    that all pharmacies provide morning-after emergency contraceptive drugs
    like Plan B. After the U.S. Ninth Circuit court ruled against the
    pharmacists in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the pharmacists appeal last summer.

    “It’s
    over and over and over again across the country where Christians are
    being singled out, their businesses, because they won’t support the
    agenda of another group of people,” Graham said. “We need to protect
    them. We need to protect the Christians in this country and abroad.”

    “I
    think, by putting a spotlight on it, it’s going to help. It’s not going
    to hurt,” Graham added. “It’s going to help get the word out and get
    the voices of those who have suffered to give them a platform to speak.”

    Graham
    called for some sort of religious freedom bill or order that would
    “protect Christians” and “protect the Christian faith.”

    On
    Tuesday, FRC and the American Family Association delivered their
    petitions containing over 168,000 signatures to the White House, calling
    for President Donald Trump to sign an executive order on religious
    liberty to help protect individuals and organizations who hold biblical
    views on sexuality and life from being punished for acting in accordance
    with their biblical beliefs.

    Sources revealed to Politico that Trump could sign such an order on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer, as a number of conservative leaders have been invited to the White House on that day.

    Pro-LGBT
    groups, who claim that such a law would open the door for religious
    discrimination against the LGBT community, have already threatened to
    file lawsuits if a religious freedom order is signed.”

  • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

    Sin. Evil. Perversion. These things are never satisfied. Only Christ
    Jesus can put an end to the turmoil and sorrow these things bring into
    your life. Only Christ Jesus can save you from the Righteous Wrath of
    God that is to come. God loves you. Come to Him through His Son Jesus
    and be saved and set free.

    • Parodyx

      If you want to seriously talk about things that Jesus would be displeased with, I’m sure homosexuality is WAY down the list – I think the thing he’d find the most evil of all would be fundamentalist religion.

      • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

        True Christianity is not a religion. It is a one on one relationship with God. God said that same sex sex aka homosexuality is not only a sin, it is an abomination. How far down that list do you think He meant?

        • Parodyx

          God said nothing about it. And Christianity is not a relationship, it is a religion. Watch how fast it turns into a religion when anyone tries to take your tax-free status away.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            I do not nor have I ever had a tax free status.

          • Parodyx

            Yes, and that is because of your religion.

          • https://www.facebook.com/doug.bristow3 Doug Bristow

            You obviously do not know God or His Holy Word.

          • Parodyx

            And neither do you. You have one interpretation out of thousands.