“In Florida, Gay Adoption May No Longer Be Banned”

Where is Congress in the D.C. marriage battle?

Michigan’s Stupak challenged for Democratic nomination

Virginia House votes against consideration of “gay protections bill”

Florida: Chaplain’s web page subject of complaint

Lutheran Head Rejects Claims of Scripture Abandonment

MS: Lesbian Fights To Take Girlfriend To Prom

Five Myths about Same Sex ‘Marriage’

“First openly gay U.S. House reading clerk relishes role”

Texas judge declares death penalty unconstitutional

NJ Polls: “Attitudes about gay marriage mixed and largely fixed”

Morocco expels Christian orphanage workers

Malta to join appeal against crucifixes decision

Denver Archbishop discusses denial of enrollment to children of same-sex couples

    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput writing in the Denver Catholic Register: “The policies of our Catholic school system exist to protect all parties involved, including the children of homosexual couples and the couples themselves. Our schools are meant to be ‘partners in faith’ with parents. If parents don’t respect the beliefs of the Church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible. It also places unfair stress on the children, who find themselves caught in the middle, and on their teachers, who have an obligation to teach the authentic faith of the Church.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.archden.org

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UK: Cameron promises equal parental leave for homosexual couples

Safe Schools Czar ducks questions on past statements about homosexuality, says Department of Education won’t dictate curriculum

WV Ultrasound Bill: Protecting Life = Potty Training

9th US missionary freed in Haiti, returns home

    Findlaw (AP): “A U.S. missionary held for more than a month in Haiti on kidnapping charges flew back to the United States after being released from prison, while the leader of her Baptist group remained in custody . . . Defense lawyer Louis Ricardo Chachoute said Coulter was released because there was no evidence to support the charges of kidnapping and criminal association. He predicted Silsby would be released soon as well.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: news.lp.findlaw.com

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Justice Scalia Suggests that the Legal Academy is Out of Touch: Is He Right?

    Michael C. Dorf writes at Findlaw: “Justice Scalia was simply injecting a bit of comic relief into a tense oral argument, but underneath his joke was a more serious charge, one that he and other judges have made repeatedly for some years now. They complain that law professors produce scholarship that has no practical value to judges who must resolve hard cases. If a legal theory is ‘the darling of the professoriate’ and thus a fit subject for a law review article that will earn its proponent a tenured faculty position, Justice Scalia implies, it cannot have any practical utility. Is Justice Scalia right? In this column, I contend that the answer is mostly no.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: writ.lp.findlaw.com

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Google’s Computing Power Refines Translation Tool

Same-Sex Couples Begin Saying ‘I Do’ in Washington

Nancy Pelosi’s grip on House slips

Canadian PM Backpedals on Proposal to Change National Anthem over Gender

Scottish law firm set to provide Sharia advice

UK: News at Ten anchor warns of anti-Christian media bias

Stupak Optimistic on Sidebar Bill Banning Abortion Funding, Pro-Lifers Skeptical

Gates Foundation Explains Bill Gates Re: Vaccines Reducing Population

Minn. officials debate marriage redefinition

MN: Clark seeks to crack down on violent pornography

    Politics in Minnesota: “The legislation, SF 2861, would forbid all state employees, constitutional officers and legislators from using state money to pay for lodging, training or ‘any other use’ of a facility that ‘makes pornographic images or performances available to its patrons.’ A ‘pornographic image or performance’ is further defined as one that objectifies or exploits its subjects by ‘eroticizing domination, degradation or violence.’”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: politicsinminnesota.com

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Fall River: $2M strip club lawsuit is frivolous

GA: Jefferson City Council ordinance to regulate suspicious spas

PA: Sexually oriented business opening next to church in Reeders

Senate Republican Leader: Reconciliation Can’t Stop Health Care Abortion Funding

PA: House Judiciary Committee vote on sexting bill expected Wednesday

Poll Shows Public Support for Cameras at the High Court

Christian registrar denied leave to appeal “gay wedding” refusal

CT: State argues ban on assisted suicide is a matter for legislature, not courts

African Christian Democratic Party: Zille must stop Cape Town harassing churches

Porn internet domain name plan revived

9th Circuit candidate’s career marked by rapid ascent, wide-ranging roles

Christian’s speech deemed hateful propaganda

6th Circuit: Teacher at Lutheran school in Michigan does not fall under ministerial exception

Oregon: Couple sentenced to 16 months of prison for their son’s faith-healing death

Philippine health chief, church fight over condoms

Blinded by Scientism

Should we be able to buy health insurance across state lines?

    NCPA Policy Digest: “If you live in Texas, the only health insurance you can buy is insurance regulated under Texas law. But if bills before Congress (most notably, one sponsored by Arizona Republican Congressman John Shadegg), are enacted, Texans would be able to buy insurance regulated, say, by the laws of Virginia, or the laws of Delaware, or 47 other states, says John C. Goodman, President, CEO and the Kellye Wright Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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A policy change on abortion, but how radical?

7 arrested in Ireland over Swedish cartoonist plot

Abu Dhabi pumps oil riches into media projects

    Google News (AP): “The city-state, best known of late for bailing out its flashier neighbor Dubai, is bringing together some of the industry’s biggest names for a summit that will temporarily shift much of the world’s media and entertainment elite to a luxury hotel on the Persian Gulf. Headliners at the event starting Tuesday include News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch and Google Inc. chief Eric Schmidt . . . Increasingly, though, the United Arab Emirates capital has been using its immense petroleum wealth to extend its media reach overseas, even as it shows little sign of easing restrictions on journalists or Internet users at home.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.google.com

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ESPN: Obama plan could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing

Dems in Iowa House suspend rules to pass texting ban, but not to preserve marriage

A 3d Circuit split on student speech rights

Law Review: Toward a Legislative Solution to Constitutional Problems of Same-Sex Couples and Ministers of the Gospel?

    Recent Constitutional Questions in Taxation: Toward a Legislative Solution to Constitutional Problems of Same-Sex Couples and Ministers of the Gospel?
    John R. Dorocak, 19 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 223 (2009)

    “This Article reviews two different constitutional questions regarding federal income taxes. First, the constitutionality of the income tax exclusion of the housing allowance for ministers of the gospel under the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment is discussed. Second, constitutionality, under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of federal and state constitutions’ denial of various tax benefits, such as joint filing for married couples is examined.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Law Review: The Marriage Cases – Reversing the Burden of Inertia in a Pluralist Constitutional Democracy

    The Marriage Cases—Reversing the Burden of Inertia in a Pluralist Constitutional Democracy
    William N. Eskridge, 97 Cal. L. Rev. 1785 (2010)

    “This Foreword will examine the court’s opinion and the many doctrinal issues it raises through the lens of California’s pluralist-constitutional democracy. That voters can override the court through a constitutional amendment like Proposition 8 makes California’s constitution self-evidently democratic– indeed, more so than the U.S. Constitution. This feature has played a pivotal role in the state’s politics of gay marriage. An equally important feature of the California Constitution is its commitment to pluralism: the idea that a key role of the State is to serve as a peaceful forum in which rival social and economic groups bargain, compete, and deliberate. An institutional challenge in a pluralist democracy is to keep rival groups engaged in politics, to direct their efforts toward the public good, and to avoid feuds and other mutually destructive conflicts. This challenge is especially difficult because the pluralist balance changes, often radically, over the course of a generation. New groups, clamoring for public recognition, will emerge, upsetting a balance of alliances that worked well only ten years prior. Few groups reflect this phenomenon better than sexual and gender minorities; reviled as outlaws two generations ago, they are now part of the political process in California. Given the state’s role as harbinger for the nation, this is a significant advance for these minorities.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.californialawreview.org

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Law Review: RLUIPA and Prisoner’s Rights

    RLUIPA and Prisoner’s Rights: Vindicating Liberty of Conscience for the Condemned by Targeting a State’s Bottom Line
    Gary R. Rom, 44 Val. U. L. Rev. 283 (2009)

    “First, Part II provides the history and events surrounding RLUIPA’s enactment, chronicles the scope of the constitutional powers Congress relied on to enact RLUIPA, and discusses courts’ differing interpretations concerning the availability of damages. Next, Part III analyzes whether RLUIPA in its present form allows prisoners to sue states for monetary relief. Finally, Part IV argues that key provisions of RLUIPA can be interpreted broadly to enable prisoners to sue states for monetary relief.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Law Review: Why RLUIPA Should Apply to Eminent Domain

    The Quest for Congruence: Why the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act Should Apply to Eminent Domain
    Vikki Bollettino, 39 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1263 (2010)

    “This Comment argues that eminent domain, like zoning, should be subject to strict scrutiny review under RLUIPA. Part II discusses a pending case, Albanian Associated Fund v. Township of Wayne, to illustrate how eminent domain may hamper free exercise. Part III outlines the history and discusses the relevant provisions of RLUIPA. Part IV describes the current debate over whether RLUIPA should apply to eminent domain actions through a discussion of current case law. Part V argues that eminent domain may be exercised in a manner that is analogous to the application of a zoning law, and therefore should be similarly subject to strict scrutiny review when it burdens free exercise. Part VI illustrates how zoning and eminent domain are used together to achieve the broader purpose of land use regulation, and thus both should be reviewed using a strict scrutiny analysis. Part VII discusses the need for strict scrutiny review of eminent domain condemnations of religious property post-Kelo. Ultimately, this Comment argues that since government frequently exercises both its zoning and eminent domain authority for the broader purpose of land use regulation, eminent domain challenges, like zoning challenges, should receive strict scrutiny review under RLUIPA.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Law Review: When the Sentencing Judge Invades Your Bedroom

    The Unwelcome Cohort: When the Sentencing Judge Invades Your Bedroom
    Elizabeth M. Bux, 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 745 (2010)

    “This Note discusses the various issues of civil rights and criminal law associated with the sentence in the Talty case and those issues that might arise from similar sentences. Part I outlines the facts and history unique to the Talty case. Part II discusses the privacy issues at play in a sentence dealing with procreation and sexuality. This Part explains the procreative rights involved in cases of sterilization, birth control, and abortion, and fleshes out the issues of privacy involved in cases of nonprocreative sexuality. In addition, this Part illustrates the various limits on privacy inherent in a criminal conviction, along with the ramifications that such limits have on the constitutionality of governmental restrictions on behavior.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Law Review: Clarence Thomas’s jurisprudence unexplained

    Timothy Sandefur, Clarence Thomas’s Jurisprudence Unexplained (September 22, 2008). NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1272053

    “This is a review of Henry Mark Holzer’s The Supreme Court Opinions of Clarence Thomas. I contend that Holzer’s book ignores significant debates within the conservative/libertarian community. I describe some of these debates – over the role of natural rights, the proper understanding of federalism, and the meaning of originalism – to determine how Justice Thomas’ record compares to a freedom-centered interpretation of the Constitution.”


  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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