Last week, New Jersey governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill banning child marriage without exception—a bill which would have been the first of its kind in the United States. Christie cited religious freedom as a key reason for his refusal to sign the bill.
During a special meeting of its General Assembly on March 1, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) voted overwhelmingly to reverse their prohibition on granting membership to non-Jews.
The measure will have a sweeping impact on North American Conservative Jewish communities, 80 percent of which belong to the USCJ umbrella organization. Whereas synagogues were previously permitted only to allow non-Jews as guests, Conservative communities may now choose to endow non-Jewish attendees—often the non-Jewish spouse of a member—with full membership status.
National evangelical campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has asked all employees who disagree with their position on sexuality and marriage to identify themselves for involuntary termination by November 11 of this year.
The announcement marks the culmination of the organization’s years-long theological study of human sexuality. In a 20-page internal position paper released in March, InterVarsity clarified its position on issues ranging from pornography to masturbation to homosexuality.