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The Federalist: A scene stands out to me from my graduate program in social work. A lesbian professor visited our class to tell about her experience of being same-sex attracted in a small, Midwestern, devoutly Protestant town in the latter twentieth century. As expected, her story was heart-rending.
The Federalist: The Supreme Court is soon to decide a case that could potentially impose same-sex marriage as a nationwide civil “right.” During one exchange in oral arguments in the case, Obama administration Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was asked by Justice Alito whether a religious school could lose its nonprofit status if it held that marriage is between one man and one woman. Here is the solicitor general’s response: “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is it is going to be an issue.”
The Christian Institute: A severely disabled man from Glasgow has mounted a challenge in Scotland’s highest court claiming he is “being discriminated against” because he is unable to end his own life.
Victory for Rhode Island pro-lifers: New rules requires abortion-excluding healthcare plans for 2016
Charlotte Lozier Institute: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) announced on May 18 that the change is a result of a lawsuit that the legal organization filed on behalf of an HIV-positive pro-life resident who was forced off his private insurance.
The Christian Institute: The owners of Ashers Baking Company have told of their deep disappointment after losing their high-profile court case and are considering an appeal.
The Christian Institute: The owners of the family-run bakery at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ case have expressed their disappointment following the conclusion of the controversial court case.
The Christian Institute: Students at a Welsh university have voted to remove thousands of Bibles from halls of residence, in a move being described as “illiberal and intolerant”.
The Christian Institute: National newspapers have raised concerns about the ruling against the Christian-run bakery that declined to produce a pro-gay marriage campaign cake.
The Christian Institute: Free speech would be threatened if marriage is redefined in the Republic of Ireland, journalist and marriage campaigner John Waters has warned.
Texas Values Action: Today, the Texas House passed the Pastor Protection Bill, SB 2065, with bipartisan support, 141-2, with two Democrats voting against the bill. The bill protects pastors, ministers, clergy and churches from being forced to perform marriage ceremonies that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In case you’ve wondered where Planned Parenthood and similar organizations find the funding they need to perform hundreds of thousands of abortions each year (nearly half a million, so far, in this year alone) … well, that’s easy.
The Patriot Post: Much to the Left’s displeasure, free speech doesn’t have to be popular to be protected. In this case, it’s both. A federal judge disagreed — unleashing a wild opinion that banned Ryan from “even mentioning the parodied name or parodying the NAACP’s name in the future.” With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which wasted no time rebuking the lower court’s logic. In a huge victory for free speech (and the millions of children who could be saved by Bomberger’s), the three-judge panel blew apart the Left’s arguments, ruling 3-0 in Radiance’s favor.
The Daily Signal: Defying state legislators who rejected a measure that sought to protect “the right of conscience as it relates to marriage,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal acted on his own Tuesday.
Mere Orthodoxy: There’s a sort of American Christian (almost always white and middle-to-upper class) who seems to think that the American church’s biggest problem at the moment is the previous generation of the American church.
Christian News Wire: A powerful new ad campaign, addressing the heart and soul issue of abortion, has launched in New York’s capital city of Albany. Bus shelter posters and a grassroots ground campaign will share the “ABORTION IS NOT A HEALTH ISSUE. IT’S A HEART AND SOUL ISSUE.” messaging throughout the summer. The Radiance Foundation, in collaboration with an alliance of community-based organizations in the Albany area, has created theYourHeartAndSoul.org initiative to help prevent abortion and reach out to those who are post-abortive.
The New York Times: The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”
Denny Burk: The National Review is a leading journal of conservative opinion. It should not be lost on us that many conservatives are eager to shed the albatross of traditional marriage. They view it as a political loser. Younger conservatives can hardly comprehend any reason to oppose gay marriage. At this point, the Republican party is divided on the issue with traditional social conservatives being the only ones holding the line. Those social conservatives have always been viewed as a key part of the Republican coalition. For the time being, they still are. But how long will that last? That a leading journal of conservative opinion would publish an article like this tells us something about the future of political conservatism in America.
WND: In a state where the law already deprives minors of counseling for unwanted sexual attractions, a trial is scheduled to get under way in a case that could be a bellwether for what is often called “conversion therapy.”
Providence Journal: “The state worked very hard in order to resolve this and I think came to a resolution that satisfied us and took care of our client and we we were happy to dismiss the complaint on Monday,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the Alliance. “I think Rhode Island, in many ways, is a model for how other states should be approaching this.”
The Week: Legally recognized sperm (and egg) “donors” take money with the expectation that the resultant children will not be “theirs.”
The Washington Post: Gallup announced historic results of two polls within a day of each other this week, one for support for same-sex marriage, the other for belief that people who are gay or lesbian were born that way.
Headline “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” does not infringe the NAACP’s trademark
The Washington Post: I’m happy to report that the Fourth Circuit has just handed down Radiance Foundation v. NAACP, which holds that trademark law should be read narrowly in cases involving speech (other than commercial advertising).
Aleteia: The Catholic bishops in Ireland, as might be expected, are having none of it. In March, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a statement urging voters to think seriously before approving a referendum that would change the nature of marriage.
The Federalist: Ireland is currently engulfed in a bitter debate over a national referendum on gay marriage to be held this Friday. They could draw some useful lessons from America’s own little experiment with gay marriage—which turns out to be a cautionary tale about what can go wrong.
Time: In a bid for the support of the evangelical wing of the Republican Party, Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to a private gathering of 600 conservative pastors and their wives Thursday morning in Washington.
National Review: Yesterday the D.C. Circuit denied en banc review of a panel decision that rejected a challenge to the HHS mandate accommodation brought by the Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., and nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Catholic church (including the lead named plaintiff, Priests for Life).
National Right to Life: In Fargo, many more students will now have the opportunity to learn about the value and dignity of the preborn because two teenagers fought for their right to stand for life.
News OK: A federal judge is being asked to decide whether an American Indian student can wear a sacred eagle feather on her cap at her high school graduation ceremony Saturday.
Christianity Today: Whether we admit it or not, many evangelicals in America believe, deep down, that the church in America is the hope for Christianity and the spread of the gospel worldwide.