NJ: Judge rules Beach must pay ACLU $11,000 for reciting the “Lord’s Prayer”

Senators Introduce Sunshine in the Courtroom Act

Wyoming Senate passes same-sex “marriage” bill

    Billings Gazette: “The Wyoming Supreme Court is preparing to hear a same-sex divorce case involving two women who were married in Canada . . . . A group of state lawmakers, including House Speaker Ed Buchanan, R-Torrington, has filed a request to submit a friend-of-the-court brief in the state Supreme Court in support of the district judge’s position. The lawmakers are represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based Christian civil rights group that has litigated against same-sex marriage in California. A lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund has appeared at committee hearings in this legislative session and has spoken in favor defining marriage as existing only between one man and one woman.”

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: billingsgazette.com

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Ireland: Group wants pledge on abortion

Missouri Cmte Passes Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

NM Marriage Definition Bill Tabled by Dems

Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Leader Gronstal blocks marriage vote

Del. Lawmakers to Consider Bill Legalizing Civil Unions

Texas Appeals Court Approves Registration of California Same-Sex Custody Decree

    Leonard Link: “The Texas Court of Appeals (1st District – Houston) ruled on February 10 that the Harris County District Court had properly ordered the registration of a California parentage judgment involving a gay male couple who were intended parents under a gestational surrogacy agreement. Ruling unanimously in Berwick v. Wagner, No. 01-09-00834-CV, the court found that such registration complied with the requirements under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), a uniform law that has been adopted by both states.”

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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Same-Sex Couples And The Marriage Penalty

    Wall Street Journal: U.S. tax and property laws are so complex that unintended consequences are common. Here is one: Thanks to a 1996 federal law aimed at preserving traditional marriage, thousands of same-sex couples in California, Nevada, and Washington state could get big tax bonuses on their federal returns starting this year. The bonuses are off-limits to heterosexual married couples, but they are a sharp reminder of the “marriage penalty” that often dings two-earner couples.

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Critics Say Kan. House Bill Discriminates On Sexual Orientation

FRC: The Social Conservative Review: February 17, 2010 Edition

Center for AZ Policy supported bills give voters powerful tools for judicial retention votes

    SB 1482 would require the Commission on Judicial Performance Review to publish online a listing of appellate judges’ decisions and an electronic copy of the decisions. Posting this information in one easily accessible place for voters would shine light on what is currently a clouded and useless process for Arizonans.

    SB 1472 would require the same Commission to publish information in the ballot publicity pamphlet listing the cases in which a judge’s ruling was declared unconstitutional and a brief statement of the reason why.

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: archive.constantcontact.com

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Professor Vischer on New Conscience Regs

Pharma company seeks over-the-counter Plan B access for minors

House votes to block funding for Obamacare

Obama Admin Weakens Protections for Pro-Life Medical Workers

MA: Patrick bans discrimination against “transgender” state workers

House Overwhelmingly Votes to Scrap Plannned Parenthood Funding

House rejects extra $22 billion in cuts that divided Republicans

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Abortion Morally Wrong

Alaska Could Become Next State With Choose Life License Plate

PG, other news organizations seek to unseal abortion case

French Leaders Plan Debate on Role of Islam in the Country

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review San Francisco’s Anti-Catholic Resolution

Canadian Cabbie Loses Challenge To Fines For Displaying Religious Items

New Mexico Sen. Bingaman (Dem.) to retire

DOJ May Intervene To Defend RLUIPA In Connecticut Zoning Case

Wis. police hunt Dem. leader, protests continue

Criminals target Idaho school superintendent over school reforms opposed by teacher’s union

Film lays bare Mexico’s broken justice system

Administration asks judge to tell the states that Obamacare isn’t optional

Feds ask Florida federal judge to clarify Obamacare ruling

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Republicans challenging unions in state capitols

Michelle Malkin: Apocalypse Now: Wisconsin vs. Big Labor

Rasmussen: “Half of Americans are Pro-Choice, But 53% Say Abortion’s Usually Morally Wrong”

    Rasmussen: “A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters consider themselves pro-choice, while 40% say they are pro-life, the same split found over three years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . . However, that does not mean half of U.S. voters are abortion advocates. Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters consider abortion morally wrong most of the time, while just 32% say it is morally acceptable most of the time.”

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.rasmussenreports.com

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IN: Allen County settles suit with abortion provider

Calif. Supreme Court Gets Involved in Prop. 8 Battle

United States Dangerously Close to Debt/GDP Ratio Threshold

    NCPA Policy Digest: “There is evidence that once a government lets its debt/gross domestic product (GDP) ratio rise more than 90 percent, the economy begins to seriously weaken and government spending starts to spiral out of control as the interest payments on the debt grow faster than the economy. The United States will probably hit the 90 percent threshold within a year . . . ”

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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“Critics say religious freedom bill in Kansas House discriminates against gay people”

Washington Times: “Fast-track Obamacare challenges: Constitutionality of individual mandate should be resolved now”

School responds, will revisit policy on religious discrimination

The Vatican’s Marriage Quandary

SCOTUS Petitions to watch includes Ten Commandments case

Douglas Johnson: Now is the Time to End Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

PA: Teen “rights” to abortion in dispute

Heritage Foundation: The American People Can’t Afford to Lose Wisconsin Union Showdown

House Passes Amendment to Block Funds for Net Neutrality Order

Wis. Gov. to Obama: We’re focused on balancing the budget, maybe Washington ought to do the same

    The Hill: Walker said demonstrators who filled the state capitol building in Madison and the boycott by state Senate Democrats — some of whom fled the state in protest — have steeled the resolve of members of his party . . . Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.”

  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Maryland Senate Committee approves marriage redefinition bill