"In God We Trust" Resolution Passes in House; Sponsor Challenges ACLU's Threats

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(AgapePress) - Colorado Congressman Bob Schaffer has been leading the charge in Congress to defend the right of government agencies to post our national motto. Today he is celebrating the overwhelming passage of House Resolution 548, which he introduced to encourage the display of the motto, "In God We Trust," in all public buildings.

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Gay couples sign up to wait for blessing by U.S. Episcopal Church

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24 July 2000 (Newsroom) -- Following a rejection of same-sex union rites by the Episcopal Church's recent convention in Denver, Colorado, a gay advocacy group within the church is collecting an online list of gay and lesbian couples "waiting" for the denomination to bless formally their relationships.

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U.S. Courts uphold order to remove Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky

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5 June 2000 (Newsroom) -- Two United States courts have upheld judicial orders to remove wall displays with the Ten Commandments from a public school district and two county courthouses in Kentucky. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and a U.S. District Court denied motions to stay the preliminary injunctions issued last month by federal judge Jennifer B. Coffman.

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House approves divisive U.S.-China trade pact

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24 May 2000 (Newsroom) -- The United States House of Representatives approved a China trade bill on Wednesday that has divided human rights and religious freedom advocates. The House voted 237-197 to grant permanent normal trade relations to the communist nation, taking the place of Most Favored Nation (MFN) status, which required an annual review of China's adherence to international standards. The Senate is expected to approve a similar pact in early June.

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U.S. judge orders removal of Ten Commandments from Kentucky public buildings

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18 May 2000 (Newsroom) -- A U.S. federal court in Kentucky has ordered state officials to remove wall displays that include the Ten Commandments from classrooms in a public school district and two county courthouses. Judge Jennifer B. Coffman issued three nearly identical preliminary injunctions on May 5, arguing that the wall displays amounted to government endorsement of a particular religion, in conflict with the First Amendment.

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Vermont legislature gives final OK to civil unions

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25 April 2000 (Newsroom) – The Vermont legislature on Tuesday became the first in the United States to grant gay and lesbian couples all the benefits of marriage through civil unions. By a vote of 79-68 the state House of Representatives passed a final version of the bill, which Democratic Governor Howard Dean promised to sign perhaps by the end of the week. The Senate passed a version of the law last week.

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Vermont Senate rejects definition of marriage

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18 April 2000 (Newsroom) – The Vermont Senate on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A bill permitting civil unions that would grant all of the rights and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, the most comprehensive law of its kind in the United States, is scheduled for a vote today (April 19).

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Tufts Christian Fellowship loses funding, recognition over gay leadership

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MEDFORD, Massachusetts, 2 May 2000 (Newsroom) - An undergraduate student judiciary board at Tufts University has stripped the Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF) of its affiliation with the college over the group's refusal to consider an openly gay student for a senior leadership position.

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