RI House Speaker promises marriage vote by Jan. 31

MN: “State senator promises gay marriage bill in 2013 session”

Ind. hospital fires 8 workers who refused flu shot

Russia’s adoption ban penalizes orphans

Ten people punished for believing in traditional marriage | Peter Saunders

Understanding the definition of marriage: An interview with Robert George

Under pressure, Boehner is said to promise votes on hurricane Sandy relief

Schools Already Experience (Un)intended Consequences of Attempts to Redefine Marriage

The Supreme Court has Agreed to Hear Two Cases on Marriage. What Does This Mean for You and Your Church?

Law Follows Culture: A Few Year-End Observations | Greg Baylor at Speak Up Movement

    Greg Baylor at the Speak Up Movement Blog: The Game of Life and Entertainment Weekly are both part of “the culture” that drives and shapes law and politics. And the shifting cultural consensus about homosexual behavior and the definition of marriage has profound consequences for the religious freedom of individuals and organizations. Threats to their freedom don’t come out of the blue; the ongoing attack on marriage didn’t start with the introduction of legislation or the filing of lawsuits designed to alter the legal definition of marriage. And the objective of these efforts is not simply to secure legal approval of homosexual conduct; it is to punish and marginalize those embrace the traditional understanding of marriage and sexual morality. As the EW writer declares, such individuals and organizations are “being shoved into a closet of [their] own.” Indeed. This means that our longstanding national commitment to religious freedom will continue to be severely tested in the coming year, as cultural trends translate into legal and political efforts to push traditional religious believers “into a closet of their own.”

  • Posted: 01/02/2013
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China’s Crackdown On Evangelism Targets Universities

Texas Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Episcopal Properties

Michigan Governor Signs Major Pro-Life Bill

Liberty Counsel Files Brief at Appeals Court Against California’s Ban on Change Therapy

Star Wars: The Old Republic Same Sex Romances Arriving This Year

Illinois: “GOP chair urges support for same-sex marriage”

“Illinois Faith Groups Oppose Gay Marriage”

Chicago Cardinal George issues letter opposing marriage redefinition

    When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defense of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.” That is what’s at stake now.

  • Posted: 01/02/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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New Virginia abortion clinic rules approved by McDonnell

Matt Drudge Tweets: Abortion Killing 3,500 Babies Every Day

Chart: Anti-abortion legislation in states | MSNBC

India: Polygamy Allowed in Islam, Not Encouraged

Marriage redefinition bill to be introduced in Rhode Island on Thursday

Congress Expands Abortion Coverage for Women in U.S. Military

Gallup: 50% Believe America’s Best Years Are Behind Us

Senators Got 154-Page ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It

Michigan abortion clinic shut down, boarded up by fire marshall

St. Louis Planned Parenthood transports third patient to hospital since Thanksgiving

Photo of Baby Reaching Out From Womb During C-Section Goes Viral

In the Middle East, the Arab spring has given way to a Christian winter

Hijab Ban Takes UK School to Court

Foreign Child Custody Disputes Involving People Coming from Countries That Apply Islamic Family Law

We Must Break the Law School Cartels

Federal Appeals Court Sides With Religious Liberty On HHS Mandate | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Chief Justice John Roberts stresses frugality in year-end report

It’s the law: V.I. appeals will go directly to U.S. Supreme Court

Court case could challenge Kansas fetal pain law

“Diversity” and its definition at issue in Christie’s picks for high court

Chemerinsky: 2013 May Be Another Blockbuster SCOTUS Year

    Cherminsky at the ABA Journal: The year 2012 saw blockbuster decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. The court will be most remembered for largely upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius), and for striking down key provisions of Arizona’s restrictive immigration law, SB 1070 (in Arizona v. United States). In both, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the more liberal justices over the strong dissents from the court’s most conservative members.

  • Posted: 01/02/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Companies Do Not Have The Right To Impose Owners’ Religion Onto Employees, Says Americans United

Abortion fights heating up as Roe v. Wade turns 40

Arizona against Grant of Funding to Planned Parenthood

Arizona goes to court to halt gov’t funding of Planned Parenthood | AZ Daily Star

Home Schooling is Growing Ever Faster

    Education News: Today the ranks of home-schoolers are overwhelmingly Christian, and 78% of parents attend church frequently. According to the National Household Education Survey in 2007, the main motivation for home schooling was for religious or moral instruction (36%), followed by school environment (21%) and the quality of instruction available (17%). After this comes concerns about special education, the distance of travel and even nut allergies.

  • Posted: 01/02/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Ariz. divorce case hits snag after marriage’s validity questioned because husband gave birth | AP on Cox News

Absentee Fathers and the Newtown School Shooting

Five Reasons the Obama Abortion-HHS Mandate Should Upset You

Missouri Federal Courts temporarily halts Obamacare mandate on dairy business

Russia passes mandatory religion course in schools

Hawaiian Church Can Pursue RFRA Claim To Permit Use of Cannabis

Montana Supreme Court: Hutterites must pay workers comp.

Kansas Trying To Make Sperm Donor Pay Child Support

Congress passes temporary fiscal cliff bill: spending increases, tax increase on incomes over $450K, payroll tax increase on everyone