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BR Now: Christiana Holcomb, litigation counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said churches that do not have specific and clear policies leave “gray areas that can be exploited.”
Philly.com: “Try as hard as he might, neither their killer nor his infamy could erase these babies’ humanity,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based conservative Christian nonprofit. “We will use this sacred place to cry, to remember and to say: ‘This ends here.’ ”
National Catholic Register: Austin Nimocks, senior counsel with the public interest firm Alliance Defending Freedom, believes that this legislation will continue to be pursued regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on state marriage amendments in late June.
How can Christian organizations protect their religious freedom? Russell Moore and ADF offer guidance
Christian Post: The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Alliance Defending Freedom published legal guidance to help Christian groups prepare for the religious freedom challenges likely to result from sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination ordinances, and the legalization of gay marriage.
The Washington Post: The North Carolina legislature on Wednesday overrode a veto by Gov. Pat McCrory to enact a new law that will allow court officials to be excused from performing weddings if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds.
Red State: As the U.S. Senate takes up the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, abortion advocates and their friends in Congress will undoubtedly predict serious consequences for women’s health.
Religion News Service: A pending Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage is expected to dominate next week’s meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, with panels and guides on the topic amid prayers for the nation.
The New York Times: When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide. Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South.
NRLC calls on journalists to check their facts in debate over Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
NRLC: At a press conference this morning at which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced the introduction of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias called on journalists, when writing about the bill and the unborn children at 20 weeks fetal age or older who it would protect, to adopt a more skeptical approach to fact claims made by pro-abortion advocacy organizations, including ACOG and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The Daily Signal: Earlier today, the North Carolina House voted to override the veto of S.B. 2, a bill that protects the religious liberty of civil servants in that state. Because the Senate had already voted to override the veto as well, the bill is now law. This is good public policy, and it is a shame that it was vetoed in the first place.
The Federalist: Planned Parenthood claims that the proposed bill would gut the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) birth-control mandate. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “This bill is a sham and an insult to women… It would give women fewer birth control options and force women to pay twice for their birth control.”
Public Discourse: I’m growing weary of being told that I must either support gay marriage or disavow my own marriage. I refer not to anything my wife and I did that would violate the traditional norms of marriage, but to something we had no control over: our ongoing inability to conceive a child.
National Law Journal: Texas abortion clinics have asked a federal appellate court to delay the effect of its June 9 decision upholding restrictions on the clinics while their attorneys appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas Lawyer: When a panel of three judges issued the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s most controversial decision of the year by upholding a Texas law that regulates—and potentially shuts down—seven abortion clinics on June 9, lawyers naturally wondered who wrote the decision.
The Detroit News: Lawmakers continued a Michigan battle over religious and civil rights Wednesday with the passage of legislation allowing faith-based agencies to turn away gay and lesbian couples seeking state-supported adoptions.
Reason.com: One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.
The Gospel Coalition: In the last few decades we have witnessed a massive moral shift in Western culture, not least in the realm of sexuality. How should we think about it? And how should we respond? To help, Albert Mohler talked with TGC’s Mark Mellinger.
http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9665: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Thursday that the Jefferson County School Board can contract with a Christian academy to operate a non-religious alternative program for suspended or expelled students. The district made the move to save more than $171,000 per year so that it could reinvest the taxpayer money into its essential services to keep them afloat.