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Target, Marriott, Barilla, Macy's and More Applaud Gay Marriage Ruling to Woo Consumers
LINK Many major companies are tweeting out their support of Friday's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. The Italian pasta maker Barilla, which publicly favored traditional marriage until recently, has also reversed its stance on gay marriage.

John Piper: Celebrating Homosexual Sin Isn't New but Institutionalization of It Is
LINK Theologian John Piper responded to the Supreme Court decision that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, saying it approves and institutionalizes the sin of homosexual intercourse.

Texas Pastor Explains He Didn't Mean to Set Himself on Fire Over Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision
LINK Rick Scarborough, a former pastor from Texas, clarified Friday he did not mean to say he would self-immolate if the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, but was referring to the faith and furnace incident recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. 

Franklin Graham: Obama Leading America to Sinful Course; 'God Will Judge Him, Us if We Don't Repent'
LINK President Obama is calling the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a "victory for America," but the Rev. Franklin Graham warns Obama is leading the nation on a sinful course and "God will judge him and us as a nation if we don't repent."

New Jersey Jury Rules Gay Therapy Group JONAH Is Guilty of Fraud; One Judge in Case Says Homosexuality Is OK, Not 'Abnormal or a Disorder'
LINK A jury in New Jersey has found a conversion therapy group guilty of committing fraud over claim that it offers services that can change a person's sexual orientation.

Pregnant Grad Student Gives Pro-Lifers 3 Days to Donate $1 Million to Her Unborn Baby or Else She Will Have an Abortion
LINK A website claiming to have been created by a 26-year-old pregnant woman, who intends to have an abortion on July 10, has issued a challenge to pro-life donors, stating that if they want to save her unborn baby's life, they must donate $1 million in three days through the website or else she will have the abortion.

Robert Jeffress: Supreme Court Has 'Declared Open Season' on Christians Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage
LINK Commenting on Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, outspoken megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said he believes the court's decision has further "emboldened" and "equipped" liberals to take legal action against Christians who resist same-sex marriage.

Obama Describes Pastor Clementa Pinckney as 'A Man of God Who Lived by Faith' in Impassioned Eulogy at Charleston Funeral (Video)
LINK Thousands of mourners gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday for the funeral of Democratic State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, as President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned eulogy for the respected leader he remembered as "a man of God who lived by faith."

Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' at Memorial for Charleston Shooting Victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney
LINK President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator killed during a Bible study last week at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, and at the conclusion of his remarks, sang the negro spiritual "Amazing Grace."

Ken Ham Criticizes Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' for Likely Evolution Themes; Says There's 'Plenty of Evidence' Dinosaurs and Man Lived Together
LINK Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has spoken out against the upcoming Disney Pixar film "The Good Dinosaur," which he said is likely to have evolution themes. Ham also said that even though some find the idea "ridiculous," there is "plenty of evidence" to show that dinosaurs and man once lived together.

Former Abstinence Ambassador Bristol Palin Announces Pregnancy Weeks After Calling Off Wedding; Says News Is 'Huge Disappointment to My Family'
LINK Bristol Palin, the 24-year-old daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former abstinence ambassador, announced in a blog post Thursday that she's pregnant, just weeks after calling off her wedding to 2011 U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.

NC Pastor Has 'Already Forgiven' Whoever Torched Primarily Black Church; Police Investigating Arson as Possible Hate Crime
LINK The pastor of a North Carolina church that the Charlotte Fire Department says was intentionally set ablaze in an arson attack on Wednesday, said his congregation has forgiven whoever is responsible, even though police say it could be a hate crime.

Charleston AME Church Holds Bible Study for Crowd of 100 in Basement Where 9 Christians Were Killed: 'This Territory Belongs to God,' Says Pastor Norvel Goff Sr.
LINK After last Wednesday night's Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston ended with nine people losing their lives in a violent act of racial hatred, over 100 worshipers gathered in the very same room just one week later to continue the church's Wednesday night tradition.

Former ROC Church Pastor Geronimo Aguilar Who Ran 'Tax-Free Harem' Found Guilty of Multiple Sex Crimes
LINK Former and founding pastor of the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Richmond, Virginia, Geronimo "Pastor G" Aguilar, who a prosecutor said ran a "tax-free harem," was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting two sisters in Fort Worth and Grapevine, Texas, nearly 20 years ago when they were both younger than 14 years old.

Coalition of African-American Pastors Threaten Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Passes Gay Marriage Law
LINK A coalition of African-American pastors vowed this week that there will be massive civil disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in a ruling on the matter expected this month.

Boston Bombing Victims Share Mixed Reactions to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Prayers, Apology
LINK Boston marathon bomber Dzokhkar Tsarnaev broke his silence and offered prayers and an apology to his victims just moments before receiving the death sentence on Wednesday. Many of the victims and their family members, however, were not moved to forgive Tsarnaev after hearing him speak for the first time.

Franklin Graham: It's Time for the Confederate Flag to Be Taken Down, 'Set Aside as Part of Our History'
LINK Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for Southern states to put the Confederate flag to rest and leave it in the history books.

Poll: Majority of Americans Believe God Has Granted US 'Special Role' in Human History
LINK A new Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Survey poll has found that while the majority of Americans believe that God has granted the U.S. a "special role" in human history, there's a large disagreement among age groups on whether being a Christian is important for national identity.

Lightning Strikes Universalist Church in New York; Sets Building on Fire During Storms That Leaves Over 220,000 Without Power
LINK A Queens, New York City Universalist Church building was struck by a massive lightning bolt Tuesday that set the building ablaze during severe thunderstorms that hit parts of New York and New Jersey, leaving almost 225,000 people without power.

Dylann Roof's Pastor Says 'We Need to Confront the Reality of Racism' After Charleston Church Massacre
LINK One of the pastors counseling South Carolina gunman Dylann Storm Roof's family believes the white 21-year-old's confessed race-based massacre of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston indicates that the United States needs to "address the deep serious issue of racism in our society."

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Christian Newswire: Religious Liberties / Persecution
LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

A Pastoral Call to Holy Christian Matrimony
LINK Contact: Rev. CJ Conner, 620-255-9597

Evangelical Church Alliance Statement on Supreme Court Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage
LINK Contact: Dr. Robert H. Turrill, Evangelical Church Alliance, 815-937-0720

Statement from Jonathan Falwell Regarding Today's Supreme Court Ruling
LINK Contact: Mike Tilley, Thomas Road Baptist Church, 404-414-9258

Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted
LINK Contact: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, Family Research Council, 866-372-6397 WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex "marriage," regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith
LINK Contact: Kenneth Chan, National Religious Broadcasters, 703-331-4520, press@nrb.org MANASSAS, Va., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- NRB is repulsed by the Supreme Court's decision today to undermine the institution of marriage by imposing "gay marriage" nationwide. Moreover, taking note of Chief Justice John Roberts' dissenting opinion, NRB is concerned about the Court's intentions for the clearly delineated guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that citizens may freely exerc Source: NRB

Rev. Steven Andrew: The USA Follows God Not a Sinning Supreme Court -- Prays for God to Forgive the USA
LINK Contact: Rev. Steven Andrew, USA Christian Ministries, 877-537-8734

Supreme Court Undermines Rights of Children
LINK World Congress of Families Calls for Dialogue and EngagementContact: Benjamin May, 202-413-0119, bmay@policyimpact.com; www.wcf9.org SALT LAKE CITY, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The natural family was here long before the Supreme Court long before governments and it will be here long after they are gone," said Janice Shaw Crouse, Executive Director of the World Congress of Families IX, reacting to the Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to legalize Source: World Congress of Families

Supreme Court Makes Same-sex Marriage Okay
LINK Experts available to discuss the implications of this historic decision

A Catholic Christian's Response from John Michael Talbot on the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
LINK Contact: Michael Zabrocki, 718-551-6884, mike@johnmichaeltalbot.com; www.johnmichaeltalbot.com  BERRYVILLE, Ark., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by John Michael Talbot:

Operation Save America Denounces Supreme Court Decision While in Idaho Today
LINK Contact: Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, Operation Save America, 254-715-3134

Thomas More Society: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision 'Judicial Activism Run Amok'
LINK Thomas More Society Comment

Alveda King: God Will Have the Final Word About Marriage
LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277, leslie@priestsforlife.org

The National Black Church Initiative Reaches Out to the Gay Community in Light of Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
LINK NBCI will continue to advocate for a strong religious liberty clauseContact: Rev. Anthony Evans, National Black Church Initiative, 202-744-0184, dcbci2002@gmail.com WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African American church goers is continuing efforts to generate civil discourse between the Black Church and the gay community.  The su Source: National Black Church Initiative

Foundation Says Battle for Marriage Continues
LINK Contact: Matthew Kidd, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245

Supreme Court Defies Reason, Constitution and God by Declaring Homosexuality to be Marriage
LINK Press statement from Mission America -- Marriage will continue to ONLY be one man, one woman!Contact: Linda Harvey, Mission America, 614-603-0115, lpharvey@missionamerica.com COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, the United States Supreme Court has overturned the clear meaning of the U.S. Constitution by ruling that same sex couples can be married and that this is an element of "equal protection" under the 14th Amendment."This is a tragic day for A Source: Mission America

Georgia Baptist Convention Disagrees with SCOTUS Rulings in Obergefell v. Hodges
LINK Contact: Mark Strange, Communications Director, Georgia Baptist Convention, 770-936-5233, mstrange@gabaptist.org

IRD: Supreme Court Marriage Ruling 'Fashion Over Law'
LINK "There are no winners, and the biggest losers are children in America who are the chief victims of the breakdown of marriage and family." -- Mark Tooley, IRD President

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Issues Statement Following US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage
LINK Contact: Paul Bothwell, National Organization for Marriage, 202-457-8060 ext 105, pbothwell@nationformarriage.org

It is a Dark Day for the Rule of Law Because of the Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare
LINK Contact: Queta Aguilar, The Justice Foundation, 210-614-7157, info@txjf.org  SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Allan Parker, President of The Justice Foundation, stated today:

Targeting Churches: What the Bible says about Deterrents, Defense and the Genocide Myth
LINK Contact: Rick Dack, Defending the Bible Int'l., 763-913-0351

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