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The LA Times continues its point, counter-point series between Glen Lavy of ADF and Lambda Legal Attorney Jon W. Davidson. Today’s topic: Jon W. Davidson says the state has a compelling legal interest in regulating marriage and fully including same-sex …
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a petition with the California Supreme Court Thursday asking the court to delay the effective date of its May 15 decision on marriage until after California voters have been heard on a constitutional amendment in November.
Illya Somin has this post on the Volokh Conspiracy. He and others argue that the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation should be abolished. For you non-lawyers – the Bluebook is a tedious legal citation system that enslaves the legal …
Thomas More Law Center retained by University of Toledo Administrator fired for Biblical views against homosexuality
Crystal Dixon, an African American and high ranking administrator of the University of Toledo, summarily fired because she wrote an editorial expressing her Christian views against homosexuality and objecting to the comparison of so-called “gay rights” with the civil rights struggles of African Americans, has retained the Thomas More Law Center to represent her.
Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have come to the defense of a Christian systems engineer who was allegedly fired after voicing a religious objection to his employer’s diversity training initiative, which included a requirement that employees accept, celebrate and embrace homosexuality.
The Mirror of Justice contains this article by Shawn F. Peters that begins: In recent months, prosecutors in both Oregon and Wisconsin have been confronted with a complex problem: Should parents who choose to treat their children’s illnesses with prayer …
This month, the Marty Center’s Religion and Culture Web Forum features an essay by John Witte, Jr. of Emory Law School: “More than a Mere Contract: Marriage as Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology”
HSLDA has issued this e-alert that includes a link to the Attorney General’s filing in the California homeschool litigation. The e-alert begins: On May 19 all the filings of the legal briefs to re-hear the case In re Rachel L. …
“Gov. Martin O’Malley signed two bills to bring some of the rights married couples have to unmarried couples — including gay couples — along with measures related to health and support for Maryland veterans.”
The South Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that provides guidelines to public bodies within the state regarding their right to open a meeting with prayer. The bill, which adopts a version of the Alliance Defense Fund. . .
The AP reports: “The Polk County attorney’s office says in new documents that a lawsuit challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban is trying to change the way public policy is made.” More information and documents on DomaWatch
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit in federal court Wednesday on behalf of a Mulvane citizen who was silenced by the mayor when she tried to express her concerns at a public meeting about the opening of a casino.
The only deterrent pornographers recognize is loss of profits and significant jail time. When the Justice Department limits prosecutions to the most vile and bizarre of material, the porn industry sees a “green light” for all other forms of illegal pornography.
You have to figure “bride” and “groom” are out. So, what will the California marriage license look like in the new era of same-sex marriages? Will it list “Partner A” and “Partner B”? “Intended No. 1″ and “Intended No. 2″? Or will it contain just blank spaces for the betrothed?
“Senate Judiciary Committee member John Cornyn is forcefully condemning majority leader Harry Reid’s failure to live up to his promise to “do everything within [his] power” to confirm three federal appellate nominees by Memorial Day . . . ”
Exodus Ministries reports on the Christian Newswire: The resolution asks the messengers to the 2008 SBC Annual Meeting to express the following views: It urges California parents to withdraw their children from California public schools at least until Senate Bill …
Americans U. for Separation of Church and State has issued this press release. It begins: A bill approved yesterday by a Louisiana legislative panel brings religion into science classrooms and undercuts fundamental constitutional principles, according to Americans United for Separation …
“The Korean Catholic Church has expressed regret over the National Assembly’s recent revision of South Korea’s bioethics law, saying it violates women’s rights and dignity by allowing egg donors to be paid . . . ”
The principle of separation of church and state, properly understood, is not a persuasive basis for criticizing this religious heritage. President Bush, in relying upon his faith to justify his vetoes, acted in accord with well-established national tradition.
Contrary to the often-held assumption and the conclusions of some circuits, I argue that the Court’s four student speech cases can be read together as a body of law that permits schools to engage in limited viewpoint discrimination, although the exact contours of that exception remain unclear.
Now, one congregation’s plan to place a 16-foot cross on a new building at the town’s oldest interfaith center in Wilde Lake Village has stirred an anxious response. Some guardians of local tradition see the cross as a challenge to the core values of Columbia . . .
Dale Carpenter writes on the Volokh Conspiracy: While the politics are complicated and uncertain five months out, a thrilling but narrow win for gay marriage in the California Supreme Court last week could become a narrow and heartbreaking loss at …
. . Judicial candidate Randolph Wolfson filed suit today in federal court in Phoenix to block enforcement of Arizona judicial canons that restrict the ability of state court judicial candidates to engage in ordinary political activities as part of their campaigns . . .
ThisisLondon reports: So now 36-year-old Miss Stibbe and the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories have filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. . . . insists that the chimp needs legal standing so a guardian …
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, today pledged an initial contribution of $500,000 to Equality for All to protect marriage equality in California by defeating a proposed constitutional amendment that could possibly be on the November general election ballot in California.
Justice Scalia explained that when a ban on child pornography is challenged on “overbreadth” grounds, complainants must demonstrate not merely that they can come up with some clever Romeo and Juliet-type example of a chilling effect
Having said that, it is obvious, or should be, that many, and probably most, heterosexuals long ago ceased to see marriage as referring to anything definitive beyond a ratification in law of the feelings a man and a woman have for each other.
The AP reports: “The state Senate voted Wednesday to send Gov. John Lynch a bill to reverse a two-year-old law that allows alkaline hydrolysis – a process now used on human cadavers only at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and …
The AP reports: “. . . But in a letter to the national church, the tax agency says it found the UCC had taken the necessary steps to avoid any appearance that Obama’s appearance was of a political nature.”
All of this belies a true American battle brewing that could shatter the idyllic setting of what has been called “Ohio’s most livable city.” The battle is centered on a mild-mannered, self-effacing middle school science teacher and his Bible . . .
There has been a major development in the State of Georgia yet the so-called mainstream media has completely ignored it and even the alternative media hardly has covered it. This past week Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law the most expansive school-choice program in the nation . . .
t’s the first appellate court in the country to review the “Don’t Ask” policy since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-sodomy statute in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003). Under Lawrence, the 9th Circuit said Wednesday, “Don’t Ask” must be subjected to something more stringent than the rational basis test . . .
“The case for legal sanction for gay unions relies on the notions that it’s beneficial to separate sex from child-bearing, that every intimate urge deserves respect and fulfillment, and that males and females count, ultimately, as interchangeable . . .”
Cal. Marriage Ruling: The People Have the Power to Undo It By a Ballot Initiative Amending the State Constitution, But How Far Should That Power Extend?
Vikram Amar has this commentary on Findlaw setting forth his political hopes. He concludes: Another area, at least for many Supreme Court Justices, is substantive due process. What counts as a federally-protected “fundamental right” depends on what states have done, …
Safeguarding Children: The Supreme Court upholds a carefully crafted law targeting child pornographers.
The Oregonian reports: The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the ban on gay marriage that state voters approved by a wide margin in 2004. The court rejected two procedural arguments that attacked the scope of the initiative, Measure …