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VA backpedals on gender reassignment surgery

VA hospital

Citing a lack of funding, the Department of Veterans Affairs has backpedaled on a proposed rule change that would have covered sex-change surgeries for transgender veterans. But the agency pledged in a statement to “continue to explore regulatory change in …

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New law turns parenting into a group affair

confused child

Children in Ontario, Canada, may now have up to four legal parents, none of which must be birth parents, under a bill passed by the legislature on Nov. 29. Under the All Families are Equal Act, same-sex couples or a …

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Missionary recalls imprisonment under Castro

David and Margaret Fite

HAVANA — As the world reflects on the legacy of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a missionary imprisoned by the Castro regime in the 1960s is remembering what Castro could not do: kill the church. David Fite, 82, was arrested …

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HGTV stars criticized for church’s marriage stance

Chip and Joanna Gaines

WACO, Texas — Media reports criticizing HGTV personalities Chip and Joanna Gaines for attending a church whose pastor believes homosexuality is a sin have drawn criticism from commentators as illogical and “unbecoming of the term ‘news.'” The Gaines, who star …

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New legislation boosts global religious freedom

WASHINGTON — Congress has approved legislation promoted by religious freedom advocates that should strengthen the United States’ effort to combat persecution of Christians and other faith minorities. The House of Representatives approved the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act …

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One Million Moms says Zales gay marriage ad harms families

Zales and gay marriage

A lesbian couple’s exchange of vows in a Zales Jewelers television commercial is harmful to families and inappropriately introduces gay marriage to children, One Million Moms states in its latest campaign to block offensive advertising. As Christmastime shopping is well …

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Dollywood employee finds burned Bible page after wildfires

Smoke plumes from wildfires are shown in the Great Smoky Mountains

The day after wildfires tore through Gatlinburg, Tenn., destroying more than 150 structures, killing at least three people and displacing thousands, Isaac McCord was doing his part to help out, picking up debris from the Dollywood park grounds. Gripping his rake, he revisited …

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