Category Archives: Featured

“Justice Ginsburg To Officiate At Same-sex Wedding”

Mich. brief: Children benefit from having mom, dad | Alliance Defending Freedom

“Federal judge orders VA to obey Supreme Court on same-sex benefits” | NBC

The ‘Human Rights’ Juggernaut: Does the First Amendment protect wedding ­photographers? | Weekly Standard

    Mark Hemingway at Weekly Standard: For one thing, it’s hard to argue that wedding photographers provide the same service to all customers, as is typical under public accommodation laws. “When you order public accommodation, you have to sell your hamburgers to everybody, you have to rent your hotel rooms to everybody. That’s just a uniform product being sold to everyone without discrimination,” Jordan Lorence, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal group representing Elane Photography, told The Weekly Standard. “There are some commercial professions—like a videographer, a speechwriter, a website designer—where there’s no standard product. The product is inherently expressive. Then when you add to that a ceremony that’s expressing ideas, going to a wedding photographer and saying I want you to use your photojournalistic skills to tell the story of my event in the best way possible, you have this huge freedom of speech issue.” . . . Lorence’s use of the term “photojournalist” is also telling. Professional photojournalists sometimes moonlight as wedding photographers. It seems odd that First Amendment protections would apply to a person being paid to document events in some circumstances and not in others. “I think the New Mexico supreme court totally blew it, because they keep talking about photographers like they’re segregated lunch counters dispensing hamburgers,” said Lorence.


  • Posted: 08/30/2013
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DeMint: If Defunding Obamacare Isn’t Worth Fighting For, ‘Nothing Is’ | Video

Obamacare poll shock: 77 per cent want the individual mandate repealed or delayed, as the House passes a bill to block IRS enforcement

9th Circuit upholds California Ban on Change Therapy

“Treasury and IRS: All Gay Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes”

“HHS: Gay Spouses Eligible for Key Medicare Benefits”

Ind. church appeals cross ban | Alliance Defending Freedom

Are Churches at Risk from Redefined Marriage? | Erik Stanley at NRO

Cruz: Some Republicans only want political cover on Obamacare

Ohio college sued for limiting free speech to less than one percent of campus | Alliance Defending Freedom

“Gay-marriage backers head to court”

UK: Police probe guard for barring trans man from female toilets

IRS issues final rules on Obamacare’s ‘individual mandate’

A bad picture in New Mexico: State supreme court tramples Christian beliefs | Washington Times Editorial

“Divide heats up over religions, gay marriage” | seMissourian.com (AP)

Major tests on religion shaping up | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, report says

Pa. Supreme Court to take on kindergarten attendance case

NM Clerk Ordered To Issue Same-Sex “Marriage” Licenses

“Photographers Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Court Rules” | WSJ

Boehner: Hints He Will Nix Defund Obamacare

Eighty in House support Obamacare Defunding; Dismay over Boehner opposition

Army can’t say if Manning gender swap would be permitted, ACLU weighs in

NM Supreme Court to Christians: There is a ‘price’ for your beliefs

Washington Attorney General: Catholic Hospitals Must Provide Abortions

ObamaCare birth-control mandate on fast track to Supreme Court | The Hill

Doctors support Okla. RU-486 law requiring FDA standards | Alliance Defending Freedom

‘Webcam’ abortions face scrutiny in Iowa | Alliance Defending Freedom

“Civil Rights Includes Gays 50 Years After March” | AP on CNS

NM County Issuing Same-sex Marriage Licenses

US again urged to designate Boko Haram as terrorist group | Alliance Defending Freedom

Multiple partner relationships could become norm, says BBC

Judge blocks Oklahoma ‘morning after’ pill law

Court upholds LA law requiring porn actors to use condoms

Top 2 Myths About Defunding Obamacare | Heritage Foundation Video

Map: What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With?

    BuzzFeed: BuzzFeed has mapped out the religions of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives by their districts, according to how they have publicly identified themselves as well as statements their spokespeople have made to BuzzFeed. There are 31 religions represented in the House, including 26 different sects of Christianity. Catholics make up the largest group with 136 members, followed by Baptists with 66 members, Methodists with 45 members, Anglicans/Episcopalians with 35 members, Presbyterians with 28 members, and Jews with 22 members. There is only one atheist.


  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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Atheist demands to end prayer at Calif. town’s meetings baseless | Alliance Defending Freedom

Free to ‘exercise’ religion, too | Matthew S. Bowman at Philly.com

“The Quiet Gay-Rights Revolution in America’s Churches” | The Atlantic

    Molly Ball at The Atlantic: Gradually, and largely below the radar, religious Americans have powered this momentous shift. In 2004, just 36 percent of Catholics, the Christian sect most supportive of gay marriage, favored it, along with 34 percent of mainline Protestants; today, it’s 57 percent of Catholics and 55 percent of mainline Protestants. Even among white evangelical Protestants, the most hostile group to gay marriage, support has more than doubled, from 11 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2013. “This debate has gone from a debate between nonreligious and religious Americans to a debate dividing religious Americans,” said Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, who has closely tracked the evolution in public opinion.


  • Posted: 08/16/2013
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8th Circuit upholds Florence, MN zoning ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses

Federal judge throws out Oklahoma’s ban on Sharia law

Inhofe: DoD lacks authority to grant preferences for same sex “marriages”

Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

MA Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Tort Suit Against Minister Accused of Persecuting Ugandan “LGBTI people”

Conservative Christianity and the transgender question | Russell D. Moore at Washington Post

Egyptian Islamists Target Christian Churches in Wave of Apparently Coordinated Attacks

Death toll from Egypt violence rises to 638

Egyptian Govt Calls On Morsi Supporters to End Violence, as Islamists Burn Down Scores of Christian Churches and Homes

Planned Parenthood in 3 states to get $655,000 in ObamaCare taxpayer funds

California Supreme Court rejects bid to revive Prop. 8 | LA Times

Calif. Supreme Court dismisses Prop. 8 case | Alliance Defending Freedom

Cal. Legislature advances bill to punish Boy Scouts, other non profits opposed to homosexual conduct

Pa. abortion pill mandate case to be appealed to US Supreme Court | Alliance Defending Freedom

Churches can stand firm against new Boy Scouts membership policy | Alliance Defending Freedom

Report argues for lifting ban on politics from the pulpit

Chaplain’s ‘no atheists in foxholes’ essay returned to Air Force website | Alliance Defending Freedom

Obama Admin Will Not Oppose Christian-Run Scope Business Filing Lawsuit Over Birth Control Mandate | Christian Post

Judges OK 75% of Waivers for Arizona Teens to Get Abortions Without Parental Consent

California Gov. Brown signs transgender-student bill

Strip club owner to take tax fight to Supreme Court

Firearms sight manufacturer targets abortion pill mandate | Alliance Defending Freedom

Iowa Establishment goes after pro-marriage group over removal of justices

WI: Hospitals can’t deny admitting privileges to abortion doctors, AG says