IMAPP: February 2011 Marriage Law Digest Online

Montana: Hansen supports proposal to elect Supreme Court justices from districts

    Havre Daily News: Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Joe Balyeat, R-Bozeman, would place a referendum on the 2012 ballot. The proposal splits the state into seven districts, similar to the way representation by district is set up for the Public Service Commission. A judge must reside in the district for the seat up for election, with each justice selected from the separate districts. 


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.havredailynews.com

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Harper confirmed to Connecticut Supreme Court

Maryland bill to redefine marriage dead – for now

    “Supporters said they didn’t think they had the 71 votes needed to pass the bill Friday, and it was sent back to committee in a procedure that will allow them to to continue with the legislation next year.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: news.yahoo.com

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W.Va. sexual orientation measure dies in legislative session

Turkmenistan: Protestants Still Targets

Light Sentences for Attack on Christians in Indonesia Condemned

The University of Chicago Law School Unveils Its Enhanced Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

    Above the Law: “The University of Chicago Law School today announced a complete redesign of its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), making it the most generous program of its kind. The three most important changes to the program are that it now offers the opportunity for any graduate staying in public interest for ten years to go to law school for free, that all graduates who serve as judicial clerks will be eligible for the program, and that a generous $80,000 salary cap will make the program more inclusive than ever.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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New Continuing Resolution Funds Abortion, Planned Parenthood

Conservative Movement Leaders Oppose Short-Term CR: Heritage Action, Family Research Council and Club for Growth to Key Vote

Survey: 92% of French women consider abortion a traumatic event

MO: State House Backs Prayer Amendment

Eater, NY: Little League Parents Want to Take Bats to West Village Nudie Club

NC: Could a strip club be coming to Mooresville?

Okla: Miami strip club owner arrested on alcohol, nudity complaints

Judge orders Seattle strip club to close

Germany strips Egyptian imam of asylum rights over hate speech

Atheist group threatens Cheboygan Senior Center over mealtime prayer

7th day of Christians protests in Egypt

Colo. civil unions measure clears second Senate committee

WA mom beheads her premature baby

New York State Bar Association Urges Congress To Protect Legal Services For The Poor

Study says parental divorce is strongest predictor of early death

    At the Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro has this report: How to Keep Going and Going. It begins: What can 1,500 Americans born a century ago, most of them long dead, tell us about the secret to a long life? Plenty, according to Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin, two psychologists who, in “The Longevity Project,” mine an eight-decade research effort for answers to the kinds of questions that sent Ponce de León searching for the Fountain of Youth.


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Christie yanks nomination of N.J. assemblyman as Superior Court judge

Creeping socialism — coming to a school near you

Iowa House passes collective bargaining bill

“On evangelical campuses, rumblings of gay acceptance”

Blurring Sexual Boundaries: No fixed borders for sexual identity, means no fixed rules for sexual expression

Obama Admin Accused of Ignoring Hyde Amdt on Abortion Funding

Obama Nominates Abortion Advocate for Federal Appeals Court

UK: There should be room for Christians and homosexuals in a truly tolerant society

UK: “These judges want to destroy our core moral values. We simply can’t let them succeed”

Attorney says UK courts are so biased against Christianity, appeal could make matters worse in Johns case

Md. Del. Tiffany Alston explains her crisis of conscience over same-sex marriage

Planned Parenthood threatens to sue SD over abortion bill; governor still likely to sign bill

Ethiopia: Christian churches burned by rampaging Muslims

Wisconsin gov. signs collective bargaining bill

    AP: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker succeeded Friday in taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of the state’s public employees, quietly capping weeks of contentious debate and delivering an epic defeat to the labor movement with a private bill signing.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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Philadelphia: Blackwell wants prayer back in district schools

University of Michigan looks to curb campus ban policy

Ready for Unionized Airport Security?

    Wall Street Journal: “Even as state battles rage, the Obama administration has been facilitating the largest federal union organizing effort in history. Tens of thousands of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are now casting votes to choose a union to collectively bargain for cushier personnel practices on their behalf . . . Here’s the fundamental problem with public-employee unions: They exist to compete with, and undermine, public priorities.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Latest “Tort Reform” Bill Infringes on Judicial Independence & Religious Liberty

    Andrew Cochran writes at the Injury Board Law Network: “For instance, when the University of Illinois threatened to fire a professor for his invoking Christianity in his class, a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund forced the university to back down. But a 1992 law review article (available on Lexis) reported on a survey of plaintiffs’ firms that found that “concern with Rule 11 (the 1983 Rule) led them to decline to present the claim or defense that they believed to be meritorious.” So LARA could scare away nonprofits or small firms specializing in religious liberty cases from filing suits against large entities, for fear that a judge could impose costly sanctions.” | Related ADF press release


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: voices.injuryboard.com

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Marriage to be defended after House panel’s 3-2 vote

Hundreds turn out at Rhode Island State House for hearing on same-sex marriage bills

Defense of marriage, new and old

    Mercator.Net: The president may have decided against it, but the defense of traditional marriage is being taken up by assorted other people who wield power. Here are two . . . “The American people deserve to have their laws defended. The House has stepped up to the plate where the Department of Justice has shirked its responsibility,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Brian Raum. “The House of Representatives has the legal authority to intervene in these lawsuits to defend the federal DOMA statute. Even though Congress passed it with overwhelming bipartisan support, the DOJ won’t defend it. That means that a rigorous defense by Congress is the best possible option.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.mercatornet.com

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Obama nominates former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to replace Tacha on federal appeals bench

German Mother Jailed over Children Skipping Sex Ed Class

State AG Challenge To Bush Era Conscience Rules Dropped Because of Revisions

Chechnya Criticized For Imposing Islamic Dress Code on Women

Democrats demand Obama’s budget help

Virginia: 4th Circuit hearings scheduled in Obamacare challenge

    SCOTS Blog reports: “The Fourth Circuit Court on Thursday scheduled oral argument for Tuesday, May 10, for cases testing the constitutionality of the new federal health care law — focusing especially on the law’s requirement that virtually all Americans must obtain health insurance by 2014.  In an order issued in one of the cases, Liberty University v., Geithner (Circuit docket 10-2347), the Court noted that its hearings normally allow 20 minutes per side.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Unions frame bargaining as civil rights issue

    AP: “Labor unions at the heart of a burning national disagreement over the cost of public employees want to frame the debate as a civil rights issue, an effort that may draw more sympathy to public workers being blamed for busting state budgets with generous pensions.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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UK transgender woman loses breast enlargement bid

NV considers Internet poker bill, but casinos balk

Michael Moore says 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined

    Politifact.com: “In other words, he was saying the poorest 60 percent of U.S. households had $1.22 trillion in net worth, which is less than the $1.27 trillion in net worth for the Forbes’ 400 wealthiest Americans . . . h that caveat, our assessment indicates that as of 2009, the net worth of the nation’s 400 wealthiest individuals exceeds the net worth of half of all American households. We rate Moore’s statement True.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.politifact.com

Jordanians protest again despite religious edict

Political earthquake? Social conservatives awaken to the public union menace

Wisconsin Assembly votes to curb collective-bargaining

Md. House considered amendment that would send same-sex marriage bill back to Senate