Albany Judge tosses out Dems’ case, refuses to rule on control of state Senate

Massachusetts: Four Arrested in Strip Club Parking Lot with 53 Bags of Crack Cocaine

Florida: Man shot, wounded at Pinellas Park strip club parking lot

Two Parents = Fewer Run-ins with Police

“The Gay Prom You Would Not Want Your Child Attending!”

PBS rules New Orleans Affiliate may continue daily Mass broadcast

Chuck Colson: Christian views on sanctity of life and religious freedom go hand in hand

Pro-life Leader Slams Proposed State-Sponsored Sexualization of Latin American Children

“Obama: More benefits for gay workers only one step”

“What gays want from President Obama”

    Marc Ambinder writing at The Atlantic: “What do gays want? They want the Recognizer in Chief, the Persuader in Chief, the Leader — to recognize them. They want visibility; they want acknowledgment that Obama doesn’t take their money and presidential support for granted; they want assurances — words and deeds — that Obama will fulfill his campaign promises. They want Obama to expend his political capital to get supermajorities in the Senate for legislation getting rid of the ban on gays in the military and ending discrimination against gays in the workplace.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: politics.theatlantic.com

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ACLU Wisconsin: Mandatory contraception should prevail over religious freedom

Board of Directors names Jarrett Barrios as President of GLAAD

N.Y. bill to redefine marriage may get new life

Islam and constitutionalism: A modest introduction

    Patrick S. O’Donnell writing at Ratio Juris: Minimally, constitutionalism means government can and should be legally limited in its powers, and that authority is derived from and depends upon those limitations. Such constitutionalism, in principle when not in practice, is part and parcel of Islamic history. Indeed, in this minimal sense, all nation-states are “constitutional” states. In the Muslim world today, however, the baseline for discussion is liberal and, therefore, democratic constitutionalism, including the exemplary relevance of the archetype of Islamic constitutionalism: namely, the Charter of Medina, Muhammad’s compact with the Muslim and Jewish communities that constituted the first Islamic polity.


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: ratiojuris.blogspot.com

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In D.C., same-sex “marriage” battle heads to court

“D.C. gay marriage referendum supporters petition court”

Ontario Plans to Let Parents Leave 4-Year-Olds in School from 7:30am till 6pm

    LifeSiteNews: “A sweeping change that would combine day care with kindergarten in Ontario schools is being proposed by Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. The plan would allow parents of 4- and 5-year-olds to leave their children at school from 7:30 in the morning to 6 in the evening.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Obama Spends Tax Dollars to Demean Marriage, Appease Homosexual Activists and Encourage Fraud

Eric Holder on Hate Crimes Bill: Master of Demagoguery

Western states want reins on federal power

    Mark Z. Barabak writes at the LA Times: “Frustrated by the expanded power of Washington, a growing number of state lawmakers are defying the federal government and passing legislation aimed at rolling back the reach of Congress and President Obama. While many measures are symbolic ones declaring the sovereignty of states, some Westerners are taking more dramatic steps. One Utah lawmaker wants to limit federal law enforcement in his state. In Montana, legislators enacted a bill that flagrantly ignores federal firearm restrictions, hoping to force a constitutional showdown.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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UK: Tory conference adds new “gay pride” event

Montana: Planned Parenthood files discrimination complaint in over CHIP

Report: Some Catholic universities promote pro-abortion internships

    Catholic News Agency: “At least ten Catholic colleges and universities are promoting student internships with organizations whose missions or actions are directly opposed to Catholic morals, the Cardinal Newman Society charges. Some internships are with organizations that promote abortion or homosexual issues and include possible work in abortion ‘clinic defense.’ According the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a Catholic higher education organization, a web page at Boston College lists as ‘Non-Profit Internship Sources’ two pro-abortion groups, the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Organization for Women.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.catholicnewsagency.com

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“John Ensign, Defender of Marriage–Except His Own”

Turban-wearing transit workers demand MTA drop mandated logo on headwear

“Same-sex couples win change in US passport rules”

Nearly half of Chinese under 25 visit porn websites

PBS to Begin Phasing Out Religious Programming From Airwaves

Gambling opponents rally against video slots in Kentucky

ADF appeals DC board’s faulty decision to deny vote on same-sex ‘marriage’

PBS religion ban carries a stench

Ensign quits Senate GOP leadership post

    AP: “Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada has stepped down from his leadership post one day after admitting he carried on a extra-marital affair with a woman who was on his campaign staff.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.google.com

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The Perils of the Fight Against Cognitive Illiberalism

    Harvard Law Review: “Cognitive illiberalism bothers the authors not only because it might produce erroneous judicial conclusions of the type they think occurred in Scott but because, as they put it, it ‘needlessly magnifies cultural conflict over and discontent with the law.’ This paper questions the premise of the article, which is that opinions like Scott cause more than a ripple among the populace. Further, even if the authors’ concern about the case’s effect on social cohesion is correct, this paper questions whether we should care, given the implications of the authors’ analysis for judicial review and Fourth Amendment doctrine.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Mich. court gives judges say in witnesses’ dress

A primer on bioethics

    William E. May writing at the Culture of Life Foundation: “Although the name is new, the reality is that for centuries there has been an ethical/moral discipline known as “medical ethics,” with a rich tradition in the Catholic Church and also in medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures. What is even more important is the fact that the normative principles and norms of the natural law, especially the natural law as “fulfilled” and perfected by the “new law” of the Gospel, are those that enable persons of upright conscience to make good moral judgments and choices regarding the issues debated among contemporary bioethicists.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: culture-of-life.org

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U.S. to extend its job benefits to same-sex partners

Say what? To allow a vote would be discriminatory?

Louisiana: “Religion amendment meddling”

Lawyer for censored Christians: Beware of ‘hate crimes’

“PepsiCo faces boycott for gay rights support”

Russia: Lesbian couple sues for “marriage”

President to sign memorandum regarding “federal benefits and non-discrimination”

Recession keeps family lawyers busy

Study: 60% of Australians favor same-sex “marriage”

Full 4th Circuit refuses to rehear obscenity case

NJ: “Maplewood pushing state to legalize same-sex marriages”

“Lithuania passes ban on information on homosexuality”

FL: Strip club proposal in North Bay Village sparks debate

CDC Report: Active homosexual men at greater risk for HIV

KY: Democrats tout slots bill as way to rebuild schools

ACLU: “Terrorism finance laws undermine Ohio Muslims’ religious freedom”

ACLU: “Hospital discriminated against gay couple”

“Mixed emotions on Calif gay marriage anniversary”

D.C. voters lose say in same-sex “marriage” debate

A Comparative Analysis of Fathers’ Rights in Infant Adoptions

    Duquesne Law Review: “One of the most public and aggressive fights in the United States occurred not in a boxing ring or on Capitol Hill, but in an Illinois courtroom. At stake was custody of Baby Richard. On one side of the dispute was a sympathetic, suburban, adoptive couple. On the other, a deceived father fighting for the return of a son who had been secretly adopted. The ensuing custody battle, in which the biological father ultimately prevailed, caused Baby Richard to lose his adopted home of four years. To the enraptured public, the emotional transfer of Baby Richard from his adoptive parents to his father symbolized the intense and universal nature of fathers’ rights.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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“Responsibility for Life: How Abortion Serves Women’s Interests in Motherhood”

    Journal of Law and Policy: “This Article argues that the movement’s failure to emphasize that abortion serves women’s interest in, and respect for, motherhood divides it from its constituents and creates the vulnerability that the anti-abortion movement now exploits, contributing to the reduction of constitutional protections for abortion. Embracing abortion’s supportive relationship to motherhood is essential to the survival of the abortion right, as well as to the vitality of our continuing battle to redefine motherhood in conditions of equality.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Gonzales v. Carhart and the Hazards of Muddled Scrutiny

    Journal of Law and Policy: “Yet, for all the differences in tone and focus, it appears that Carhart ultimately does not so much reject Lawrence as highlight an implicit weakness in its approach to protecting privacy rights. Carhart, after all, ultimately upholds the ban on “partial-birth abortions” not by denying that abortion is a constitutional right, but by finding the state’s imposition on that right to be reasonable. Lawrence had left the door open to just such limitations when it carefully carved out the question of marriage and other state laws conferring “formal recognition” on same-sex families.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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The “Partial-Birth Abortion” Ban: Health Care in the Shadow of Criminal Liability

    Journal of Law and Policy: “What was not so good about Roe was the Court’s almost exclusive focus on physician discretion. Don’t get me wrong: I love physician discretion. But the Roe Court focused on physician discretion almost to the exclusion of the woman’s decision-making power, and Roe therefore doesn’t reflect the extent to which the ability to make the decision is central to women’s lives.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Judicial Evasion and Disingenuous Legislative Appeals to Science in the Abortion Controversy

    Journal of Law and Policy: “In the abortion context, the Supreme Court has increasingly shirked its duty to ensure both justice and truth. First, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court undermined the fundamental right to abortion by inviting laws premised on moral opposition to abortion. Yet its decision was dishonest, denying the conflict it created and purporting to leave the right to abortion intact; the decision has thus caused mischief and confusion in abortion regulation. Second, in Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court shunned its responsibility for truth, signaling its readiness to grant extraordinary deference to disingenuous legislative attempts to present morally based abortion restrictions as grounded in science.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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The Fallacy of Legal Certainty: Why Vague Legal Standards May Be Better for Capitalism, Liberalism, and Democracy

    SSRN: “It is said that clear and unambiguous legal rules are essential for capitalism, liberalism, and democracy, since they allow for the legal certainty that these systems require. This paper argues that these claims are mistaken, and that the certainty we actually care about is often better-achieved by vague and indeterminate legal standards. The mistake derives from a confusion between the certainty and predictability of legal outcomes, and the certainty and predictability that actually matters – that of the world these outcomes generate.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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The Uneasy Relationship between Global Administrative Law and Global Constitutionalism