- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aid group: American with Ebola weak but improving

ATLANTA (AP) - A second American who came down with Ebola in Liberia is now hospitalized in Atlanta.

SIM missionary Nancy Writebol has joined Samaritan’s Purse Dr. Kent Brantly at Emory University Hospital, where they’re being given an experimental treatment that has never before been tested on humans.

SIM USA President Bruce Johnson says he looks forward to praying with her and “telling her some of the stories of how God has made a way for her to come here.”

Johnson says he spoke with her husband, who’s still in Liberia. David Writebol said his wife was able to stand and get on the plane in Liberia with assistance. When she arrived in Atlanta, she was wheeled into the hospital on a stretcher.

Johnson says SIM has spent nearly $1 million since Writebol and Brantly were diagnosed with Ebola, and Samaritan’s Purse has spent more than $1 million. He says the missionaries’ medical evacuation insurance may cover some of the cost.

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Pittsburgh Episcopals OKs same-sex certificates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says its clergy may sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the new rule is spelled out in a letter to the diocese from Bishop Dorsey McConnell.

The Episcopal Church approved a provisional rite for same-sex couples at its General Convention last year, subject to approval by local bishops.

In approving the rite for use in the Pittsburgh diocese last year, McConnell did not order diocesan priests to perform same-sex marriages, but simply gave them the option to perform them if their conscience dictated. That was before a federal judge in May struck down Pennsylvania’s law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in the state.

Diocesan spokesman Rich Creehan said the latest move gives clergy who choose to marry same-sex couples the power to issue legally binding marriage certificates.

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Judge: Pittsylvania prayer injunction will remain

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