The “Christian Post” reports that the, “number of unmarried couples living together rose 13 percent from the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“This year, there are 7.5 million opposite-sex unmarried couples living together â€“ up from 6.7 million in 2009, reported the bureau on Thursday. The year before had witnessed a two percent drop after a five percent rise in co-habiting couples between 2007 and 2008.”
“California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger remained resolute Wednesday to not appeal the ruling that determined the state marriage definition â€“ between one man and one woman â€“ unconstitutional.
“In a brief to the California Supreme Court, the governorâ€™s lawyer, Andrew Stroud, said Schwarzenegger has â€œcomplete discretion over his own litigation strategy, including whether or not to appeal an order,â€ according to The Associated Press.”
Proposition 8 was passed by the residents of California and defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage, has surprised gay rights supporters by urging a federal judge to allow gay couples to resume marrying in the state without further delay," the Associated Press reports.
In his 136-page decision overturning California’s Proposition 8 Wednesday, Walker said he was ordering the state to cease enforcing the 22-month-old ban. But he agreed to suspend the order until he could review the briefs submitted Friday.
It was a decision made in a courtroom some 1,800 miles away. It only applies to the state of California; the federal judge who made it went on to stay it in anticipation of an appeal, which came promptly.
Yet the move Wednesday to overturn a voter-backed California ban on same-sex marriage reverberated in North Dakota, where a 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage remains unchallenged.
According to an Associated Press report: "Presbyterian leaders voted Thursday to allow noncelibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy," but also voted later that day to shelve a proposed redifinition of marriage that would have included same-sex couples.
A majority of the church’s regional presbyteries would have to approve the change in clergy policy for it to go into effect.