(Reuters) – Mormon leaders are reaffirming their faith’s belief that only heterosexual marriage is ordained by God, in a letter to be read to congregations this holiday weekend following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized gay nuptials.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long held that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman, in life and in the hereafter, and the “only legitimate, authorized expression of the powers of procreation.”
By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – Calling into question his note-taking, qualifications and conclusions about gunman James Holmes, the lead prosecutor in Colorado’s movie massacre trial put the defense’s first expert witness through a withering cross-examination.
But District Attorney George Brauchler may have a tougher time trying to discredit the public defender’s star witness: an eminent psychiatrist involved in the aftermath of some of the nation’s worst mass violence cases.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday
that a controversial school voucher program in a Denver suburb
violates the state’s constitution because it provides funding
for students to attend religious schools.
The Colorado Court of Appeals had previously upheld the
system first proposed four years ago by Douglas County, which
granted taxpayer-funded scholarships to up to 500 qualifying
elementary, middle, and high school students for tuition at 23
private schools, including 16 religious ones.
(Reuters) – County clerks in Texas who object to gay
marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex
couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling
requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney
General Ken Paxton said on Sunday.
The nation’s top court said on Friday that the U.S.
Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing
a victory to the American gay rights movement.
DENVER (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday a decades-old pollution case over nuclear weapons production in Colorado should be sent back to the district court which in 2006 ordered companies that ran the facility to pay damages of $353 million.
“This long lingering litigation deserves to find resolution soon,” wrote one of the judges, Neil Gorsuch, about a case dating back to the 1980s, when Dow Chemical Co. [DOW.N] and a unit of Rockwell Automation Inc [ROK.N] were involved in operating the Rocky Flats plant.
DENVER (Reuters) – A video of an unfazed, fluffy house cat staring down a large mountain lion as the predator paws at a Colorado kitchen window has gone viral, receiving nearly 1 million views on YouTube in just a couple of days.
The footage, recorded at a home in the Rocky Mountains about 10 miles west of Boulder, shows the cat sitting on the windowsill and meowing as the much-bigger mountain lion looks into the house, its eyes glinting gold in the light.
(Reuters) – The Mormon Church will lead efforts to index records of about 4 million former slaves and their families in the hope of connecting African Americans with their Civil War-era ancestors, the Utah-based faith said on Friday.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has sponsored a non-profit organization called FamilySearch, which made the announcement alongside senior LDS officials in Los Angeles on the 150th anniversary of “Juneteenth,” the day when word reached the last group of slaves that the Civil War was over and they were free.
DENVER (Reuters) – A civil rights group said on Friday it was deeply disturbed by reports that a Colorado motorcycle club has distributed flyers for an anti-Ramadan barbecue, including a pig roast, this weekend “in defiance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.”
Scott Levin, regional director of the Mountain States Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said in a statement the “open bike party” was being advertised by the Colorado Springs chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club.
(Reuters) – The United States has returned to Brazil seven boa constrictors that are the offspring of a very rare white snake dubbed the “Diamond Princess” and were seized in connection with an illegal wildlife smuggling scheme, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
The valuable leucistic boa constrictor was unlawfully brought to the United States in 2009 by a Utah-based collector, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.
By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – In a hushed courtroom on the outskirts of Denver, defense lawyers played family videos of a young boy sitting on a sofa in shorts and a T-shirt, playing on a slide in a park, and frolicking in waves on a sunlit beach.
The films gave no hint of the violence that would later be committed by James Holmes, who could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 others by opening fire inside a suburban Denver multiplex in July 2012.