Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
A listener e-mailed me today, saying he's convinced if the Supreme Court of the United States strikes down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the country will take the first step down the slippery slope of chruches, under court order, being forced to recognize and perform same-sex marriage.
No. No they won't.
Look at the Bill of Rights. The first words of the First Amendment say:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or, prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
Pretty easy to understand, right?
If kids in a public school CANNOT be compelled by their teachers to pray, churches CANNOT be compelled by the government to do...anything.
I know--your next statement is "But, Trent, other nations forced churches to recognize and accept homosexuality." While I don't know if that's abolutely true, I do know that no other country ON THE PLANET has written into it's founding document a manditory separation of church and state.
It. Won't. Happen. Here.
Just as the Consitution guarantees you the right to belong a church that doesn't condone homosexuality, it guarantees you the right to belong to one that does. Oh, and you need to understand that we're not talking about what a church must or must not do in the spiritual world. We're talking about civil protections and repsonsibilities conferred on married couples, be they gay or straight. On that issue, the Constitution is very clear. The 14th Amendment says the government cannot "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
EQUAL protection. EQUAL.