Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Opposing Views: “Our clients have not been given the time they are due and were promised so that they can make their next decision in the legal process,” Nimocks said in a statement. “The more than 7 million Californians that voted to enact Proposition 8 deserve nothing short of the full respect and due process our judicial system provides.”
On Top Magazine: Attorneys with the Christian conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on Saturday filed an emergency motion with the high court. “The Ninth Circuit’s June 28, 2013 Order purporting to dissolve the stay … is the latest in a long line of judicial irregularities that have unfairly thwarted Petitioners’ defense of California’s marriage amendment,” the document states. “Failing to correct the appellate court’s actions threatens to undermine the public’s confidence in its legal system.”
“Same-sex couples marry at San Francisco City Hall as city celebrates Pride weekend” | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Oakland Tribune): Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks said the Supreme Court’s consideration of the case is not done yet because his clients still have 22 days to ask the justices to reconsider their decision holding that Proposition 8′s backers did not have legal authority to defend the ban.
“Going down fighting: Prop 8 backers beg SCOTUS to vacate 9th Circuit’s lift of stay” | Visalia Times Delta
Visalia Times-Delta: Even while losing at every stage in their court battles, Protect Marriage and Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers have filed an emergency request with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. In the filing, they ask for an order vacating the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s lifting of that court’s stay on it’s ruling.
DailyNews.com: Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to stop gay marriages in California, which it claims were illegally allowed to resume. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday denied the request.
KETK (CNN): “Everyone on all sides of the marriage debate should agree that the legal process must be followed,” said Austin Nimocks, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, on Sunday. “The 9th Circuit has failed to abide by its own word that the stay would remain in place until final disposition by the Supreme Court. When courts act contrary to their own statements, the public’s confidence in the justice system is undermined.”
“Gay Pride 2013: Supreme Court gives extra reason to celebrate” | Christian Science Monitor on the Alaska Dispatch
Christian Science Monitor on the Alaska Dispatch: On Saturday, an organization supporting California’s Prop. 8 ballot measure – the Arizona-based group Alliance Defending Freedom – filed an emergency petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to halt the immediate lifting of California’s ban on gay marriage, which had led to hundreds of immediate same-sex marriages around the state.
Christian Post: Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, whose attorneys filed the application Saturday on behalf of ProtectMarriage, the official sponsors of Prop 8, said the Supreme Court declined to vacate Friday’s “premature order” from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in the lawsuit concerning California’s marriage amendment.
Salon: The Arizona-based group Alliance Defending Freedom argued that the 9th Circuit lacked authority to act when it did, and that it violated the terms of its own stay requiring the ruling remain in place “until final disposition by the Supreme Court.”
WITN.com (AP): Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks says a three-judge 9th Circuit panel acted prematurely and unfairly when it lifted the hold on same-sex marriages it had put in place while a challenge to the ban made its way through the courts. Nimocks says the Supreme Court’s consideration of the case is not done yet because his clients still have 22 days to ask the justices to reconsider their decision holding that Proposition 8′s backers did not have legal authority to defend the ban.
Inland Valley Daily Bulleting: Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit, said the debate over marriage had just begun. “The court’s decision does not silence the voices of Americans. Marriage — the union of husband and wife — will remain timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers. This has been the experience of diverse cultures and faiths throughout history, including the American experience, and that will not change. Americans will continue advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it matters for children, civil society and limited government.”
Whittier Daily News: Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit, said the debate over marriage had just begun. “The court’s decision does not silence the voices of Americans. Marriage — the union of husband and wife — will remain timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers. This has been the experience of diverse cultures and faiths throughout history, including the American experience, and that will not change. Americans will continue advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it matters for children, civil society, and limited government.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco says his firm is asking the court to resolve the issue based on a case involving an eighth-grade graduation speaker who was prevented from wishing “blessings” on her classmates. . . . “They shouldn’t be able to do that, whether it’s a religious view or a secular view that’s being included in the speech,” Tedesco contends. “The bottom line is it’s the student’s private speech.”
Edge Boston: Travis Christopher Barham, legal counsel for the Christian group, stated in the letter to the college that Brunton’s assignment violated principals of the First Amendment. This assignment posed serious problems for students who did not wish to convey this message and particularly those – like those who contacted us – whose religious convictions prohibit them from supporting conduct their faith teaches is unnatural and immoral,” Barham wrote.
Tennessean: In the forthcoming newsletter to all members of the Rutherford County Bar, Taylor plans to offer specifics. “I have advised some women attorneys that a jacket with sleeves below the elbow is appropriate or a professional dress equivalent,” the letter reads. “Your personal appearance in court is a reflection upon the entire legal profession.”
Todd Starnes at Fox News: Students in a general psychology class at Columbia State Community College were directed by their professor to wear “Rainbow Coalition” ribbons for an entire day and express their support for the homosexual community, said Travis Barham, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom . . . “Dr. Brunton essentially turned her General Psychology class into a semester-long clinic on the demands of the homosexual movement,” Barham said.
AP: Republican lawmakers have a message for those who want the party to soften its emphasis on social conservatism in hopes of reaching a wider national audience: Not so fast.
Privacy Isn’t All We’re Losing: The surveillance state threatens Americans’ love of country. | Peggy Noonan at WSJ
Peggy Noonan at WSJ: The purpose of the surveillance is enhanced security, a necessary goal to say the least. The price is a now formal and agreed-upon acceptance of the end of the last vestiges of Americans’ sense of individual distance and privacy from the government. The price too is a knowledge, based on human experience and held by all but fools and children, that the gleanings of the surveillance state will eventually be used by the mischievous, the malicious and the ignorant in ways the creators of the system did not intend. For all we know that’s already happened. But of course we don’t know: It’s secret. Only the intelligence officials know, and they say everything’s A-OK. The end of human confidence in a zone of individual privacy from the government, plus the very real presence of a system that can harm, harass or invade the everyday liberties of Americans. This is a recipe for democratic disaster.
‘Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage’ Is a Choice We Can Reject | Ryan Anderson at The Christian Post
Ryan Anderson at Christian Post: To fill this void, we are working with our allies at the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Organization for Marriage to produce an easy to read pamphlet to explain why marriage matters in everyday language. Download a free e-book version today at TheMarriageFacts.com.
Erik Stanley at Christian Post: Texas-based Pro-Life Revolution applied for 501(c)3 status with the IRS in January 2011–they received that status some 900 days later, on June 6, 2013 in a letter dated May 19. In the interim, they received letters asking for clarification and “more information,” and a March 2012 phone call in which IRS agent Sherry Wan told Pro-Life Revolution President Ania Joseph how the IRS expects tax-exempt groups to act, think, and speak.
IRS Told Pro-Life Group to Keep ‘Blind, Emotional Feelings’ to Itself, Audio Tape Reveals | Christian Post
Christian Post: “The IRS is a tax collector; it shouldn’t be allowed to be the speech and belief police,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “The current scandal isn’t new but has merely exposed the abuse of power that characterizes this agency and threatens our fundamental freedoms.”
GodDiscussion.com (video embedded): Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an annual gathering originally meant to protest tax regulations that prohibit churches from benefitting from tax exempt status if they endorse or oppose candidates for office (the Johnson amendment), is to be used this weekend to fight marriage equality. The embedded video featuring Jim Garlow and former politician Edward Meese claims that marriage equality threatens the Godly foundations of America.
Charisma News: “Pastors should be able to speak truth into every area of life without fear or intimidation,” says ADF senior legal counsel Erik Stanley. “Pulpit Freedom Sunday has always encouraged pastors to exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to do just that from their pulpits. This year, marriage is at the forefront of public debate. There’s no better time for pastors to equip their congregations with the truth about marriage and why it matters for children, families, society, civil government and the church.”
Richard Wolf at USA Today: The consensus view: The justices will limit the expansion of gay marriage rights to California, with few if any implications for the rest of the country. Only on the Defense of Marriage Act, most agree, will the court strike a broad blow against discrimination by striking down the ban on federal benefits for married same-sex couples.
The Citizen: Tim O’Hare of Farmers Branch is an attorney in private practice and owner of O’Hare Real Estate. He is former mayor and former city councilman for the City of Farmers Branch. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and Alliance Defense Fund Honor Corps, and president of the Christian Legal Society of Dallas. He is also a member of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, a founding board member of Reclaiming Texas for Christ, and past president of the Rotary Club of Farmers Branch. O’Hare received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
The American Spectator: Mr. Goldstein rightly notes that the U.S. grants asylum to people “seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to: Race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.” It seems to me that the Romeike’s religious beliefs, which led them to pull their kids out of public school, qualify. And beyond all of the legal wrangling, this one just doesn’t pass the smell test. Do the right thing, Mr. Holder.
NewsMax: Internet postings that violate civil rights — such as insults and accusations against Muslims on Facebook — are subject to federal jurisdiction and possible prosecution, according to Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Radio Iowa: Dagel told Radio Iowa he could not comment on the settlement and referred questions to his attorney, David Hacker with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Hacker has not responded to a request for comment.
The Hill: All 45 GOP senators signed a brief calling Obama’s appointments an unconstitutional abuse of power.
Martinsville Media: Nearly 19,000 past or current members of the Scouts signed a petition from Alliance Defending Freedom, which was delivered to the Boy Scouts this week, urging it to keep the ban.
Supreme Court to Rule Whether Town Hall Prayers Predominantly in Jesus’ Name are Lawful | Christian News Network
Christian News Network: “Americans today should be as free as the Founders were to pray,” stated ADF senior counsel David Cortman. “The Founders prayed while drafting our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court has ruled that public prayer is part of the ‘history and tradition of this country.’ America continues this cherished practice.”
Washington Times: Rep. Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts Democrat, warned IRS and Treasury Department witnesses before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform not to stonewall congressional efforts to get to the bottom of the scandal.
RH Reality Check: Finally, in Washington state the Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a counter-suit against Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on behalf of a florist sued by the state after she refused to provide flowers for a wedding ceremony of a same-sex couple. The counter-suit argues that the state’s lawsuit is an attempt to force the florist to act contrary to her deeply held religious beliefs and in violation of the Washington state constitution, which has in it a specific clause protecting the rights of conscience and religion.
The Advocate: “In America, the government is supposed to protect freedom, not use its intolerance for certain viewpoints to intimidate citizens into acting contrary to their faith convictions. Family business owners are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to live and work according to their beliefs,” said Dale Schowengerdt, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending Stutzman.
Pink News: Attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom legal ministry, filed the new lawsuit on behalf of Stutzman on Thursday, at Benton County Superior Court, reports the Associated Press. Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt, released in a statement saying: ”Everyone knows that plenty of florists are willing to assist in same-sex ceremonies, so the state has no reason to force Barronelle to violate her deeply held beliefs.”
Think Progress: The suit claims that Stutzman is entitled to religious conscience protections that allow her to ignore nondiscrimination protections, as ADF attorney Dale Schowengerdt attempted to explain to WorldNetDaily . . .
Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman Countersues State for Discriminating Against Her Religious Discrimination | Towerload
Towerload: “In America, the government is supposed to protect freedom, not use its intolerance for certain viewpoints to intimidate citizens into acting contrary to their faith convictions,” said Alliance Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt. “Family business owners are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to live and work according to their beliefs. It is this very freedom that gives America its cherished diversity and protects citizens from state-mandated conformity.
On Top Magazine: Dale Schowengerdt, senior legal counsel with the ADF, said Stutzman had a right to refuse service based on her religious convictions. “In America, the government is supposed to protect freedom, not use its intolerance for certain viewpoints to intimidate citizens into acting contrary to their faith convictions,” he said. “Family business owners are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to live and work according to their beliefs.”
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty: The counter suit, filed by an anti-gay-marriage group called Alliance Defending Freedom, argues that Ferguson’s suit is attempting to force Barronelle Stutzman to act contrary to her religious convictions in violation of her freedoms under the state constitution.
Gayopolis: Whenever there’s a lawsuit like this, scratch the surface and you’ll find the odious Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) behind it. One more thing to thank Arizona for.
National Religious Broadcasters Email (links to Alliance Defending Freedom press release): At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court has dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal of an order that stopped the President from enforcing his abortion pill mandate against Tyndale House Publishers.
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Womenenews via Reuters: On May 22, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit center based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is hoping that the 7th Court of Appeals in Chicago will issue an injunction so its client, Grote Industries, won’t be subjected to fines for not providing the contraceptive coverage required by law since Jan. 1. (newly added to Reuters)
ThinkProgress: Unsurprisingly, one witness cited the debunked Regnerus study, while an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney claimed that the Ocean Grove pavilion in New Jersey was an example of “religious freedom” being violated, even though it wasn’t. A motion by opponents to table the bill failed 9-12.
On Top Magazine: Jordan Lorence, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a leading group representing clients who claim equal marriage laws violate their Christian beliefs, argued that allowing same-sex couples to marry would lead to discrimination against Christians. He warned that the bill’s true objective was to foster “a cultural change” and shun opponents as “bigots.”
LifeNews: Cahart’s testimony is shocking and disturbing. He compares the child in the womb to “meat in a Crock-Pot” and then jokes about his abortion toolkit, complete with a “pickaxe” and “drill bit.” “It’s like putting meat in a Crock-Pot, OK?” he tells the woman considering an abortion.
Opposing Views: The Illinois Family Institute protested against State Rep. Ron Sandack over the weekend, while gay marriage activists staged a counter protest, outside the Republican’s Downers Grove office (video below).
Baptist Press on Patheos: “Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish,” said ADF senior legal counsel Matt Bowman. “The government dismissed its appeal because it knows how ridiculous it sounds arguing that a Bible publisher isn’t religious enough to qualify as a religious employer. For the government to say that a Bible publisher isn’t religious is outrageous, and now the Obama administration has had to retreat in court.”
Examiner: Yesterday, Navy Commander Nate Christensen attempted to clarify the matter after the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a Freedom of Information Act request. “Service members can share their faith (evangelize),” said Christensen, “but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”
Huffington Post: The Christian activist group Alliance Defending Freedom on Thursday claimed victory, saying the Pentagon had “backtracked” on its previous position, but said it was still going to pursue legal channels to investigate “this gross error.” | also posted on Sojourners
LifeNews: The defense attorney for abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell is furious about the Fox News special that aired Friday and Sunday nights exposing the gruesome abortions and infanticides that took place at his abortion clinic.
PolicyMic: Opponents to Delaware’s bill cite concerns over religious liberties — worried that business owners who refuse marriage-related services for gay and lesbian couples could be hit with discrimination charges. “If there’s an exemption for right of conscience,” said Jordan Lorence, attorney of the conservative religious liberties group Alliance Defending Freedom, “I don’t see it.”
UTSanDiego.com: “Her unwavering faith and perseverance was an example to many,” said Alan Sears, CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, in an article on christianpost.com. “She loved God, was a pillar of strength for her husband and had an immense impact, including upon those of us who have worked closely with the Garlows in support of religious freedom.”
Religion Clause Blog: USCIRF wants the U.S. to question violations of religious freedom and human rights in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Bangladesh.
DFWCatholic: Note: A couple of years ago there was the case of Dr. Kenneth Howell who was fired by the University of Illinois for setting forth Catholic doctrine on homosexuality in a class. Although this was a secular school, but he as hired to teach a class on Catholicism. He was later rehired after the Alliance Defense Fund got involved.
Forum 18: Police and secret police officers raided eight meetings for worship of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the first three months of 2013, claiming that they were illegal because the communities had no individual registration.
MBD.Scout.com on MSN: According to the Power Point presentation, obtained and posted online by legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, the Army Reserve in Pennsylvania considers evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Mormons as dangerous as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and Hamas.
One News Now: With the April 12 deadline approaching, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has written a letter to the Virginia Board of Health, urging it to adopt the proposed rules. The letter explains that the standards are designed “to ensure that women who seek abortion at facilities subject to the regulations do so in facilities that are clean, safe, inspected and licensed by the Commonwealth.” Federal court rulings affirm that such safety regulations serve a valid state interest “designed to ensure the health and appropriate care of women seeking abortions.”
Gatestone Institute: City planners in the Irish capital, Dublin, have given the go-ahead for the construction of a sprawling mega-mosque complex that will cater to Ireland’s burgeoning Muslim population.
AZ Republic: Horne’s decision comes hours after the small southeastern Arizona city of Bisbee ignored vociferous opposition and threats of lawsuits and legalized civil unions for same-sex couples Tuesday night. It was an historic council vote that turned into a political circus, as nearly 100 people packed the chambers in both opposition and support.
LifeNews: A Democratic state legislator in Nevada is making waves for comments saying she does not regret killing her baby in an abortion. Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, a Democrat from Las Vegas . . .
Kellie Fiedorek serves as litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Washington, D.C., Regional Service Center, where she is an invaluable member of the Center for Marriage and Family. Fiedorek has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Fox News, …
Caleb Dalton serves as litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he plays a key role with the Center for Marriage and Family. He earned a J.D. at the Regent University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2012. Before graduating from law school, he completed the Alliance Defending Freedom leadership development program to become a Blackstone Fellow in 2010. He received his B.A. in government and public policy from Patrick Henry College in 2008. He is a member of the Virginia bar.
Ed Whelan at NRO: The fact that DOMA defines marriage and spouse for purposes of provisions of federal law does not mean that it regulates marriage and intrudes on state authority over marriage. For anyone confused on this point, consider this . . .
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“Gay marriage backers see public behind them as the Supreme Court weighs the arguments” | Washington Times
Cheryl Wetzstein at the Washington Times: Marriage — i.e., the legal union of one man and one woman — “is the cornerstone of Western civilization,” Austin R. Nimocks, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is helping defend Proposition 8, said during a Tuesday briefing hosted by the Heritage Foundation.
Anglican Communion: Five different churches in Egypt including the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church have joined together to form the Egypt Council of Churches after one year of deliberations and meetings between the churches.
The Economist: “The new paradigm of the pro-life movement”, explained Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right-to-Life, “is all about introducing tension into the law…We have different courts ruling in different ways, which is a surefire way to challenge Roe.”
SMH.com.au: Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are to be placed under renewed pressure to support gay marriage rights with the Greens intent on making the popular reform a key election issue.
Fifth-grader can hand out Christmas party invitations in public school, court rules | The Morning Call
The Morning Call: “As the Supreme Court said many years ago, students don’t shed their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate, and that certainly applies to elementary school students as well,” said David Cortman, of Alliance Defending Freedom, a Georgia group that supports religious expression.
LGBTQ Nation: The First Amendment should exempt Elaine Huguenin and her Albuquerque business, Elane Photography, from state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the high court.
Reality Check: It looks like we’ll have to update that list to 19, because Colorado mortgage banking company Cherry Creek Mortgage has just filed suit challenging the mandate as well. Cherry Creek Mortgage is owned by former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong and does business in 27 states. The company has 730 employees and is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom in its lawsuit.
Joseph La Rue serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he plays an integral role on the Alliance Defending Freedom Allied Attorney Support and Coordination Team. He earned his J.D. from the …