Mexican Social Security Institute ponders expansion of same-sex “marriage” benefits

Civil weddings are now a majority in Spain

    diariovasco.com: “Civil weddings held in 2009 [outnumbered] religious ones. Nothing like this [has ever happened] and only ten years ago it would have been impossible to predict [that it would] happen so quickly. In 1999, out of ten marriages, seven were held in churches. [This fell short of times] in which couples had to reserve church for the ceremony more than one year in advance, but [there] were still relatively few people [choosing] the courthouse and City Hall to join in marriage. Last year, those who gave a “yes” before an altar became a minority. And it appears [the numbers will decline further].” [modified Google translation]


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.diariovasco.com

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Chuck Colson: “Gay Marriage v. Religious Freedom”

The cost of growing up on porn

    Pamela Paul, author of Pornified, writing at the Washington Post: “An entire generation is being kept in the dark about pornography’s effects because previous generations can’t grapple with the new reality. Whether by approaching me (at the risk of peer scorn) after I’ve spoken at a university or via anonymous e-mails, young people continue to pass along an unpopular message: Growing up on porn is terrible. One 17-year-old who had given up his habit told me that reading about porn addicts ‘was like reading a horrifying old diary, symptoms, downward spirals, guilt, hypocrisy, lack of control, and the constant question of to what degree fantasy is really so different from reality. I felt like a criminal, or at the very least, a person who would objectively disgust me.’”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Rebecca Hagelin: Web 2.0 runs wild

NH: Voters head to town meetings on same-sex “marriage”

ACLU Likens Obama to Bush in Ad Slamming Possible Reversal on KSM Trial

Does abstinence-only sex education work? The debate heats up

Church of Ireland seeks refusal clause in civil union law

Scotland: Lib Dems back marriage redefinition

Duncan will pressure schools to enforce civil rights laws

SSM and employee benefits

Losing control of the US debt machine

    Christian Science Monitor: “That leaves a net negative position of more than $11 trillion. By the way, this is projected to get a lot worse, fast. The feds are expected to increase their debts by about $3 trillion more over the next 2 years. Federal spending is out of control…the feds have lost control of their own budget, let alone the economy.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.csmonitor.com

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Tens of Thousands Protest Abortion Law in Spain

Switzerland battles sexual promiscuity by distributing condoms to children

Europe rights commissioner cautions against burqa ban

Gender selection: In India, abortion of girls on the rise

Charles Rice: Sexual Orientation and the Catholic Church

Unless Abortion Funding Is Removed, There’s No Way Health Care Will Pass

Michigan: “A test of same-sex custody rights: Nonbiological parent fighting for children”

Philippines: Condom debate brought to bishops’ doorstep

Debate Heats Up Over 9th Circuit Nominee

Kan. Senate panel reviewing proposal to allow child porn victims to sue producers, users

Virginia: “ACLU Tells State Colleges to Protect Gays and Lesbians Despite AG’s Stand against Non-Discrimination Policies”

Lisa Miller’s Daughter Appeared Traumatized by Visits with Lesbian ‘Mother,’ Court Documents Reveal

Homosexuals on Vatican Staff Removed after Prostitution Ring Revelations

Charges Dismissed Against Man Arrested After Questioning Rep. Kennedy on Abortion

Voters in Iceland Reject Repayment Plan

Group outside Boulder church protests barring of child from Catholic school

Slovenia: “Gay adoptions cause rift as MPs discuss family law bill”

Supreme Court’s October Sitting: Speculation About Authorship of Remaining Opinions

Abortion debate rages in Kenya

ADF helps prevent shut-down of Wyo. Bible colleges

Court to decide if vaccine makers can be sued

Okla. conservatives debate divorce legislation

Vatican appeals for Holy Land Christians

California justice weighs in on judicial races

    San Francisco Chronicle: “With businesses and trial lawyers pouring money into state judicial races around the nation, California Chief Justice Ronald George appointed a Commission for Impartial Courts in 2007 to study judicial elections in California and decide whether changes were needed to promote judicial independence and public confidence in the courts. The commission’s chairman, state Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, spoke to Chronicle reporter Bob Egelko about some of the proposals that the commission is recommending.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.sfgate.com

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AZ: Bill to provide churches special protections

Nigeria massacre leaves more than 120 Christians dead

Last Catholic adoption agency in England and Wales threatened by “gay equality” laws

Swedish family continues fight for son

Prayer discontinued at La Grange Town Council with federal ruling in N.C.

York, anti-abortion activists settle lawsuit

Dobson’s impact on public policy organizations

The end of the road for Barack Obama?

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Westboro Baptist picketing at military funerals

Concerned Women for America files Supreme Court brief to protect privacy of petition signers

VVD, GroenLinks want abortion, euthanasia, same-sex “marriage” in Netherlands Antilles

Mike Adams: The University of Notre Shame

    Mike Adams writes at Townhall: “But the prior restraint of the views of Professor Rice is not defensible. While not a technical violation of the First Amendment – Notre Dame is a private school – it is an assault on both Catholicism and common sense. And it leaves many Catholics wondering whether there is any safe haven in this land that once placed religious liberty above political correctness.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Notre Dame Observer: Discussing homosexuality debate

    Peter Wicks writes at the Notre Dame Observer: “Over the past year, a large number of columns and letters have been written on the subject of homosexuality. It is with some hesitation that I add to that number. However, I think I can safely say that my contribution to the discussion will be different in at least one respect because I’m not going to tell you what I think. Really, it’s better this way. Our views on homosexuality are based upon a whole range of deep assumptions about morality, human nature and the authority – or lack of it – of the Bible and the Church. An 800-word opinion piece is not going to change your mind . . . ”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ndsmcobserver.com

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Annulments Based on Fraud: What is the “Essence” of Marriage? Part Two in a Two-Part Series of Columns on Traditional and Modern Annulment

    Joanna L. Grossman writes at Findlaw: “In Part One of this series, I discussed the traditional approach to defining fraud as a ground for annulment, which requires that the misrepresentation relate to the “essentials of the marriage” – some aspect of marriage that is fundamentally important to any marriage, not just to the particular spouse seeking an annulment . . . In this Part, I will argue that there has been at least a subtle shift in the doctrine in some jurisdictions away from this one-size-fits-all approach to a more individualized approach. Under this more modern approach, a court might ask whether a misrepresentation related to something that was fundamental to this marriage, rather than to marriage in general . . . ”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.lp.findlaw.com

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Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution

UK: Generation Y children are ‘harder to teach’

Officials Step Up Enforcement of Rights Laws in Education

    NY Times: “Seeking to step up enforcement of civil rights laws, the federal Department of Education says it will be sending letters in coming weeks to thousands of school districts and colleges, outlining their responsibilities on issues of fairness and equal opportunity.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Eric Massa: Democrats ousted me over health care

Senate hopefuls, veteran GOP leaders face Tea Party voters

    The Hill: “For years, Rep. Roy Blunt and former Rep. Rob Portman touted their positions of influence in Republican leadership circles in Washington, D.C. But now both are running for Senate seats and discovering their Washington résumés to be something of a liability at a time when the Tea Party and disaffected fiscal conservatives have new political power.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Fighting over prayers in the name of Jesus

Law Review: Judicial Diversity on State Supreme Courts

    Gregory L. Acquaviva and John D. Castiglione, Judicial Diversity on State Supreme Courts (2009). Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 1203-1261, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1564854

    “In this Article, we present the findings of a comprehensive examination of the demographic and experiential characteristics of all judges on the courts of last resort of the fifty states. The most important part of this examination was a survey developed for this project and submitted to every state supreme court justice in the country. In this survey, we asked the justices to self-report information regarding race, gender, religion, schooling, prior work experience, community involvement, bar association membership, and pro bono experience. The raw data we collected through this survey, augmented by publicly available resources, are presented throughout and as addenda to this Article.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Biblical Literalism and Constitutional Originalism

    Peter J. Smith and Robert W. Tuttle, Biblical Literalism and Constitutional Originalism (March 1, 2010). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1561933

    “It is not surprising that both critics of constitutional originalism and proponents of biblical literalism have noted a connection between the two interpretive approaches, as there are some obvious similarities. Indeed, the similarities go beyond the caricatures that both critics and proponents have tended to offer. Literalism and originalism share a core commitment to the idea that their relevant texts have a timeless, fixed meaning that is readily ascertainable. In addition, both interpretive approaches are in significant part projects of restoration; both are deeply concerned about the loss of constraint that results from interpretation that is untethered to text; both have a strong, self-consciously populist impulse and an equally strong and self-conscious disdain for elite opinion, both with respect to interpretive norms and cultural values; and both maintain that all other approaches to their relevant texts are fundamentally illegitimate because they breach a duty of fidelity.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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Law Review: Sanctioning Faith: Religion, State, and U.S.-Cuban Relations

    Jill I. Goldenziel, Sanctioning Faith: Religion, State, and U.S.-Cuban Relations (2009). Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 25, p. 179, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1562014

    “What explains the Cuban government’s sudden accommodation of religion? Drawing on original field research in Havana, I argue that the Cuban government has strategically increased religious liberty for political gain. Loopholes in U.S. sanctions policies have allowed aid to flow into Cuba from the United States via religious groups, tying Cuba’s religious marketplace to its emerging economic markets. The Cuban government has learned from the experience of similar religious awakenings in post-Communist states in Eastern Europe and has shrewdly managed the workings of religious organizations while permitting individual spiritual revival. By allowing greater public expression of religious faith, the Cuban government has opened the door to religious pluralism on the island while closely monitoring religious groups to prevent political opposition. As the Obama Administration has already begun to ease U.S. sanctions on Cuba, these recent changes in Cuban law may allow the U.S. to promote political change in Cuba through religious civil society institutions.”


  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Natural Law and the Rhetoric of Empire: Reynolds v. United States, Polygamy, and Imperialism