Just in time for the Grammy and Academy Awards, America’s Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its nominations for the TV shows, movies, and artists who have best helped to promote homosexuality in 2010.
Pro-family groups are cheering the decision of Marriot International, one of the nation’s leading hotel chains, to remove access to pornographic content from its in-room televisions, beginning with new hotel constructions in 2013. Marriott joins Omni Hotels, which pulled “adult content” from room entertainment menus in 1999, as the only large hospitality chains to pull the plug on guest access to pornography.
One of America’s premier conservative evangelical seminaries has informed a tenant to which it provided offices that the group is no longer welcome. As reported by baptiststandard.com, “Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary notified Tarrant Baptist Association before Christmas it had six months to vacate its offices on the edge of the seminary campus,” asserting that the “association was in violation of its affiliation agreement — in part because of perceived toleration of homosexuality by a member church or churches.”
LifeSiteNews.com reports that on January 13 the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by Maryland police officers and state troopers requesting immunity from a lawsuit filed against them by Defend Life, a pro-life organization. According to the Aegis, a Harford County, Maryland, newspaper, the group alleges “violation of First Amendment freedom of speech rights, violation of due process of law, unreasonable search and seizure, equal protection under the law, invasion of privacy constitutional protections, as well as assault and battery” in connection with their arrest during an August 1, 2008, protest in the town of Bel Air.
Opponents of New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law will try to get the 2009 statute repealed this year, despite learning that the issue is not on the agenda set by the leaders of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. The House leadership will focus efforts this year on the state budget, education funding, pension reform, parental rights and the economy, Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt said in announcing the priorities for the new legislative session.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has launched an online petition in an attempt to force CNN to stop inviting guests to its programs who oppose normalizing the homosexual lifestyle.
On Wednesday, January 12, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee changed its policy for nurse residency applications, one day after the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) on behalf of a nursing student opposed to VU requirements that nursing residents participate in abortions.
The abortion rate in the United States, which had been falling steadily since its high in the early 1980s, has stalled over the past several years, according the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm for America’s leading abortion provider Planned Parenthood. According to Guttmacher’s latest study, the abortion rate remained largely static between 2005 and 2008 at slightly less than 20 abortions per 1,000 women, down from a high in 1981 of more than 29 abortions per 1,000 women.
In its ongoing study of the religious habits and practices of Americans, Gallup has found that seven in ten Americans think faith is losing its influence on the nation, one of the highest findings in Gallup’s history of measuring the religious pulse of the American people, “and significantly higher than in the first half of the past decade,” the pollster reports.
The U.S. State Department has changed some fundamental terminology on passport applications, reflecting the increasing numbers of same-sex partners who have become parents. Following heavy lobbying on the part of homosexual activist groups, the words “mother” and “father” are being removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with the terms “parent one” and “parent two.”
A coalition of nearly 50 pro-family groups has sent an appeal to Republican leaders in Congress, asking them to stay true to their campaign promises and do their part to return America to a solid foundation of strong conservative values.