Swiss to reveal UBS accounts to settle U.S. tax battle

Connecticut: “Adult Store Permit Causes Outcry In Southington”

San Francisco: Heaven Strip Club Ordered To Shut Down Today

Proposition 8 Lawsuit on a Fast Track – January 11 trial date set

    Leonard Link: “[Ted Olson and David Boies] They argued that their lawsuit was different from all of those cases, because this was about the passage of a state constitutional amendment to take away a fundamental right that had previously been recognized under the state constitution by the California Supreme Court in its May 2008 Marriage Cases ruling. Thus, the issue in this case is not, in so many words, whether same-sex couples have a federal constitutional right to marry, but rather, whether it violates the federal constitution for California voters in the context of Proposition 8 to quash a fundamental right for an identified segment of the population through a referendum. ”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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David French: Yale’s refusal to print

“Illinois May Not Fund Religion, Americans United Warns State Officials”

There they go again: Univ. of Wis. back in court over discrimination

Suit filed to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research

Students React as Religious Liberty, Conscience Protections Placed at Risk

Statewide Campaign Against Tax-Funded Abortion Launched in California

Judge sets January trial date for Prop. 8 case

Judge: US wrong to freeze Ohio Islamic charity’s assets

ACLU: “LGBT Community Groups Disappointed By Court’s Denial To Join Federal Prop 8 Case”

“Study: Homosexuals Twice as Likely to Seek Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment”

    LifeSiteNews: “A study led by Susan Cochran and her team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry, reports that homosexuals seek treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse at a rate over two times higher than heterosexuals.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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“Pro-Choice” Abortionist Interviewer Surprised by Her Reaction to Witnessing Abortion

ADF rebuts NY hospital’s claim that pro-life nurse can’t sue

WV pastors continue to unite for marriage

AARP Health Care Debate Gets Rowdy In Brevard

    WFTV.com: “More than 300 Brevard County residents packed the Senior Resource Center in Viera. A resounding majority of them told the AARP they did not want the so-called ‘public option,’ where the federal government provides an insurance plan to compete with the private sector.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.wftv.com

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Will ACORN receive health care money to monitor your diet?

    CNSNews: “The health care reform bill approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) would provide federal grants to state and local governments and a ‘national network of community-based organizations’ to ‘promote healthy living and reduce disparities’ and to monitor people’s weight, eating, exercise habits and other individual behaviors that affect health at the community level . . . the Kennedy health care bill does not say which ‘national network of community-based organizations’ is eligible to participate. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said that it is possible that the controversial group ACORN could qualify for the available grants.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Activists call for Swaziland to legalize prostitution, same-sex “marriage”

Court tells New Haven Police to stop harassment of street preacher

    Evangelical Examiner: “The city of New Haven has agreed to a court order issued Monday that will allow a man to resume expressing his Christian faith on public sidewalks . . . The consent order was issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in Morrell v. City of New Haven. Alliance Defense Fund served as Mr. Morrell’s legal counsel.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.examiner.com

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NY Broome Community College settles with church

    Evangelical Examiner: “‘Churches shouldn’t be discriminated against for their beliefs,’ said ADF Litigation Counsel Daniel Blomberg. ‘We are pleased that Broome Community College now recognizes the constitutional right of churches and other religious groups to meet in public meeting facilities on the same terms as other groups.’”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.examiner.com

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Battle Lines Drawing up in Ireland’s Second Lisbon Treaty Referendum

Massachusetts: Man Allegedly Stabs Ex-Girlfriend for Refusing to Abort Child

Australia Court Legally Recognizes Two Women as Men

Poll: Majority of Americans Understand Health Care Bills Mean Abortion Funding

Ceding the common ground on abortion: Obama never intended to “reduce” abortions

Oklahoma judge tosses abortion law requiring ultrasound

Pacific Justice Institute Launches Office in San Francisco Bay Area

Jim Daly: Obama Not Working to Make Abortion Rare

Theodore Olson’s “road to championing same-sex marriage”

    Star News Online: “While Mr. Olson came to the case by a serendipitous route that began late last year with Rob Reiner, a Hollywood director widely known for his Democratic activism, he said his support of same-sex marriage stemmed from longstanding personal and legal conviction. He sees nothing inconsistent with that stance and his devotion to conservative legal causes: The same antipathy toward government discrimination, he said, inspired him to take up another cause that many on the right applauded — a lengthy campaign to dismantle affirmative action programs.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.starnewsonline.com

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Netroots Nation confronts church and state

    Bruce Ledwitz writes at The Huffington Post: “I am proposing instead that the principle of government neutrality toward religion be retained but that certain religious symbols under certain circumstances be regarded as encompassing both religious and nonreligious messages. As long as government plausibly justifies religious imagery in nonreligious terms, its use would be constitutional. For example, the phrase in ‘God We Trust’ means the biblical creator to many religious believers. But it can also mean that we acknowledge that there are binding standards of right and wrong, such as the anti-torture principle, to which America is subject.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

The chilling effect of public disclosure requirements

    Reason Magazine:”Two years ago, the Senate rejected an attempt to regulate ‘astroturf,’ professional political agitation aimed at stimulating (or simulating) grassroots activity. Recently that measure’s supporters have been saying ‘I told you so,’ citing the debate over who is behind boisterous criticism of President Obama’s health care agenda at congressional town hall meetings.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.reason.com

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Nat Hentoff: “I am finally scared of a White House administration”

MA: Man allegedly stabs ex-girlfriend for refusing to get abortion

White House may push through health care without Republicans

Catholic Belmont Abbey would close before giving in to Obama admin.

New Zealand judge: “Time to let gay couples adopt”

“NYCLU sues Herkimer Co. School District for failing to protect gay youth from harassment”

Wyoming: Sex ed is settled for upcoming school year at Park County school

    Billings Gazette: “With less than a week before classes are set to start at Cody High School, board members of Park County School District 6 made clear Tuesday that they will not soon reconsider decisions made over the past several months about the school’s health and sex education curriculum. Following a report by an 18-member advisory group, the board voted in June to bar community groups, including Northwest Family Planning, from teaching or serving as guest speakers at health classes dealing with contraception.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: billingsgazette.com

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South Korea: Int’l pornography producers sue web users

Iowa: “Rights panel will vote on gay marriage stance”

Louisiana: Tangipahoa prayer policy changed

    2theadvocate.com: “The Tangipahoa Parish School Board unanimously approved Tuesday night a change in its policy on prayer and invocations at the opening of its meetings, a policy that is the subject of an upcoming trial in U.S. District Court at New Orleans . . . the School Board’s attorney in this matter — Mike Johnson of the Christian legal fund, The Alliance Defense Fund — advised the board to make the change to clear up a ‘gray area’ by including the traditions of parish residents who attend services outside of the parish.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.2theadvocate.com

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Sweden outlaws home schooling

NY: Legal victory after church kicked off campus

    WorldNetDaily: “A public college that banned a church from meeting on its property has scrapped its policy of discrimination and is now allowing equal access to campus facilities . . . ADF Litigation Counsel Daniel Blomberg said in a statement: ‘Churches shouldn’t be discriminated against for their beliefs. We are pleased that Broome Community College now recognizes the constitutional right of churches and other religious groups to meet in public meeting facilities on the same terms as other groups.’”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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The saga of the Nampa Idaho Charter School and the Bible

    Boise Secular Humanist Examiner: “The seemingly never-ending saga of controversy and debates on the use of the Bible by the Nampa Classical Academy seems to have come to a rest for the time being . . . The controversy peaked when on Aug 14, 2009 when a religious advocacy group, the Alliance Defense Fund from Arizona, presented a 15-page document to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, stating that Nampa Classical Academy’s use of the Bible was consistent with Idaho’s Constitution.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.examiner.com

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Do For-Profit Schools Outperform Non-Profit Schools in the Chilean Voucher System?

    National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education: “As school choice and privatization schemes increase in popularity, the effects of different forms of school sponsorship on student performance are increasingly a subject of debate among policymakers and scholars. One view is that the necessity of making a profit may motivate for-profit firms to make efficient decisions that will translate into better managed schools and ultimately into higher student achievement. Another perspective is that non-profits are socially mission-driven and may provide a greater focus on serving disadvantaged families with the greater costs of educational investments needed by these children. Using Chile as a case study, Gregory Elacqua weighs the evidence supporting these theories.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: campaign.constantcontact.com

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Ontario: Man gets 552 days for stabbing after argument in local strip club

SC: Federal judge strikes statute regulating “adult business” billboards

    A federal judge held that “a South Carolina law limiting the placement of billboards advertising adult businesses is unconstitutional.” The Sign Statute at issue, S.C. Code Ann. § 57-25-145 (enacted in 2006), “prohibits most businesses which offer sexually-oriented materials or entertainment from using any ‘offpremises, outdoor advertising . . . located within one mile of a public highway.’” Grandfathered signs, such as those at issue in this case, were given until February 2009 to come into compliance with the law. Carolina Pride sued and was granted a preliminary injunction–and the government appealed.


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.communitydefense.org

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Why AT&T Killed Google Voice

    Andy Kessler writes at the Wall Street Journal: “Some might say it is time to rethink our national communications policy. But even that’s obsolete. I’d start with a simple idea. There is no such thing as voice or text or music or TV shows or video. They are all just data. We need a national data policy, and here are four suggestions . . . ”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

Rejected voucher schools sue

Should Belmont Abbey College be required to cover contraceptives?

Religious Resistance to Family Law Reform in the US

Resolving Interstate Conflicts Over Marriage, Marriage-Like, and Marriage-Lite Relationships

    Hillel Y. Levin, Resolving Interstate Conflicts Over Marriage, Marriage-Like, and Marriage-Lite Relationships (August 18, 2009). UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1457082

    “What happens when a same-sex couple married in a Marriage state moves to a Marriage-Like state; or from a Marriage-Like to a Marriage-Lite state; or from a Marriage-Lite to a Marriage state – and so on? Do they keep their rights and responsibilities; do they lose them as they cross the border; does it depend, and if so, on what?”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Evaluating Constitutional Challenges to Restrictions on the Right to Abortion for Women in ICE Detention

    Abortion Rights for ICE Detainees: Evaluating Constitutional Challenges to Restrictions on the Right to Abortion for Women in ICE Detention
    Alexandria Walden, 43 U.S.F. L. Rev. 979 (2009)

    “No administrative agency has considered whether a woman in ICE detention has a constitutional right to access abortion services. However, courts have addressed the broader issue of access to healthcare for ICE detainees, as well as for prisoners generally. This Comment argues that women in ICE detention have three cognizable constitutional claims when their right to choose to terminate a pregnancy is restricted or denied by detention policies and/or officials.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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How to Protect Churches From Tithe Avoidance Under the Bankruptcy Code’s Fraudulent Transfer Law

    Blessed Be the Name of the Code: How to Protect Churches From Tithe Avoidance Under the Bankruptcy Code’s Fraudulent Transfer Law
    Judd M. Treeman, 25 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 599 (2009)

    “The Bankruptcy Code treats debtors’ tithes as constructively fraudulent transfers per se and disgorges them from unsuspecting churches drawn into debtors’ bankruptcies. Unlike most creditors, churches rely on tithes for their financial wellbeing and thus have unique and important interests at stake when a tithing debtor files bankruptcy. Courts and Congress have tried to prevent the Code’s fraudulent transfer law from disgorging tithes, but they have failed to protect the unique church interests most sharply affected in such cases. Their approaches leave church interests dependent upon debtors’ conduct and subordinate to creditors’ interests. This Comment explains how courts and claimants should use existing federal religious liberty law as a simpler and more direct approach to protecting churches’ interests in tithe avoidance cases.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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The Uniting American Families Act: A Critical Analysis of Legislation Affecting Bi-National Same-Sex Couples

    The Uniting American Families Act: A Critical Analysis of Legislation Affecting Bi-National Same-Sex Couples
    Rebecca Walters, 17 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 521 (2009)

    “This Comment analyzes the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA or the Act) through a variety of different lenses in order to evaluate the Act’s potential to achieve immigration equality for bi-national same-sex couples.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Global

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“How State Procedural Rules Block LGBT Minors from Vindicating Their Substantive Rights”

    Empty Promises? How State Procedural Rules Block LGBT Minors from Vindicating Their Substantive Rights
    Sara Jeruss, 43 U.S.F. L. Rev. 853 (2009)

    “Part I discusses the unique situations LGBT adolescents face and how a right of access to courts would help these minors. Part II discusses United States Supreme Court jurisprudence regarding parents’ rights and minors’ rights, and how to resolve conflicts between the two. Part II concludes that the Supreme Court has consistently privileged the best interests of the minor and recognized the importance of assisting minors in making informed decisions and developing into mature adults.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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