Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Carolyn Castiglia writes at Babble.com: In 2008, when California first sanctioned gay marriage, many people argued that “the California Supreme Courts legal reasoning could be applied to polygamous and incestuous marriages.” Glen Lavy of the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund wrote in the LA Times, “Although some proponents of same-sex “marriage” have been trying to distance themselves from polygamy, it is, and long has been, defended by powerful voices like the American Civil Liberties Union.” . . . No one wants to see incest supported by society, but victims of GSA need some level of sympathy. After all, if your child was conceived using a donor embryo and he or she wishes to meet her biological parents someday, there’s a 50% chance they’ll experience some level of obsession or Genetic Sexual Attraction, too.
The Alliance Defense Fund honored eight allied attorneys this month for providing thousands of hours of dedicated, pro-bono service in defense of religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. The value of those hours amounts to millions of dollars in free legal services that they have provided to clients in need.
Former Co-Chair of Obama National LGBT Leadership Council: We don’t want tolerance, we want acceptance
“So, why do I constantly see arguments in the LGBT press extolling tolerance of us from the larger community or suggestions that we should be tolerated? What I want, and I hope the community at large wants, is acceptance. That’s right, approval and respect of my sexual orientation. Acceptance says a lot more about what we want to achieve as a movement. We want our enemies and detractors to accept that we exist, accept that our sexual orientation is not changeable, accept that we have loving relationships and accept that we too are normal . . . ”
LifeNews: “Edward Snell and John McTernan, who were arrested and threatened with arrest, respectively, for exercising their First Amendment rights, were represented by ADF attorneys and allied attorneys in two separate lawsuits against the city of York. ‘Christians shouldn’t be arrested and threatened with arrest for expressing their beliefs on public property,’ said Randall L. Wenger–one of more than 1,600 ADF-allied attorneys–who was lead counsel in the cases and serves as chief counsel of the Independence Law Center in Harrisburg.”
Glen Lavy serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he oversees the coordination of allied attorneys trained through the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy. Prior to joining Alliance Defending Freedom, Lavy was engaged in an active legal practice that included a variety of complex litigation matters such as securities fraud, antitrust, and tax law. He has practiced law since 1990 and is admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, along with multiple other federal and district courts across the country, as well as the Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Tax Court.
In October, Baptist Bible College carried this spotlight interview with Glen Lavy. It begins:
Katholische Nachrichten: “The three Irish applicants try in the process A, B and C v. Ireland to enforce a ‘right to abortion in Ireland, and finally as a precedent for all of Europe.’ This case was a ‘key event’ not only for Ireland and Europe, but also for the U.S., says the American legal expert Glen Lavy.” [Original in German. Excerpt via Google Translator]
Magyar Kurir [Excerpt via Google Translator from Hungarian]: “The court allowed a four-abortion organizations, including two Americans, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and the Family Research Council (FRC) [to] enter the trial. Nobody has the right to decide that an innocent life is unnecessary . . . said Roger Kiska, legal adviser to the ADF. Glen Lavy . . . pointed out that the outcome of the case is very important for America, as . . . local courts in other jurisdictions [monitor] such judgments, it is incorporated into their practice.”
Catholic News Agency: “‘No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life is worthless,’ commented Roger Kiska, ADF legal counsel. ‘Ireland’s constitutional amendment defending innocent life is under attack, and the stakes are high for all of Europe.’ ADF Senior Counsel Glen Lavy said the case is ‘pivotal’ not only to Europe but to America as well, because American courts increasingly consider what other countries are doing when deciding their own cases. ‘Because this case could be the Roe v. Wade of Europe, its impact upon the U.S. should not be underestimated,’ he added.”
Lawsuit challenging Ireland’s constitutional amendment protecting innocent life could have global impact
ADF attorneys are defending legal protections for pre-born children on behalf of the Family Research Council in the European Court of Human Rights against three women who were denied abortions in Ireland and then sued to have the country’s constitutional amendment protecting innocent life abolished.
Christian Post: “‘We are truly grateful for the generous and selfless service provided by our dedicated allied attorneys in the battle to protect and win back our religious liberty both home and abroad,’ said ADF Senior Counsel Glen Lavy, who is also vice-president of alliance coordination and funding.”
Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Glen Lavy will be available for media interviews Tuesday after his testimony before the Goshen City Council on a proposed “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” ordinance.
Glen Lavy: “Christians should have their legal rights protected no matter what country they are in. The persecution of Christians in India calls for a concerted legal effort to deter future attacks and to bring about justice. . . ”
David Bario writes at the American Lawyer on Law.com: “For others, particularly on the right, the advent of the Obama era may signal a pro bono renaissance. ‘When people think a president supports their values, they have a tendency to take a seat on the sidelines,’ says Glen Lavy, senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, a nonprofit that promotes conservative Christian causes. Last month the group held its annual litigation academy, a free week of training in exchange for a commitment from participating lawyers to devote 450 pro bono hours to one of its causes. Usually the course doesn’t fill up until nearly summer. This year, Lavy says, all 100 seats were booked by February.”
The Alliance Defense Fund honored six allied attorneys last week that have provided thousands of hours of dedicated, pro-bono service in defense of religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. The value of those hours amounts to millions of dollars in free legal services that they have provided to clients in need.
“The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of a ministry to former prison inmates Friday, determining that zoning regulations passed by the city of Sinton to oust the ministry from town violates the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
ADF attorney Glen Lavy writes at the The Hill (also posted last week at Townhall): What motivated the justices to allow the creation of this unnecessary controversy-one that the court then “resolved” contrary to the clear language of the amendment? Was the court deliberately setting the stage for an “equal protection” claim under the federal Constitution? We will see.
Glen Lavy: “What motivated the justices to allow the creation of this unnecessary controversy . . . ? Was the court deliberately setting the stage for an ‘equal protection’ claim under the federal Constitution? We will wait and see.”
Scott Murphy writing at Catholic.net: “In September of 2005, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 1st Department, said in its 4-1 ruling that the government has a ‘strong interest in fostering heterosexual marriage.’ The court went on to explain, ‘We find it even more troubling that the [Manhattan] court, upon determining the statute [in favor of traditional marriage] to be unconstitutional, proceeded to rewrite it and purportedly create a new constitutional right.’
Following this decision, Glen Lavy of the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona legal defense group that opposes same-sex ‘marriage,’ insightfully pointed out that, ‘marriage laws are not primarily about adult needs for official recognition and support, but about the well-being of children and society.’”
. . . unions recognized by the federal government would be available to any two adults who commit to sharing domestic responsibilities, whether or not their relationship is sexual. Available only to people otherwise ineligible to marry each other . . .
“The court should take note that even an attorney general that wants to strike the amendment down agrees it is not a revision,” said Glen Lavy, a lawyer for Alliance Defense Fund in Scottsdale, Ariz. . .
The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that it will not issue a stay of Proposition 8 and granted a motion by defenders of Proposition 8 led by an ADF-allied attorney to intervene in a lawsuit filed against the new marriage amendment.
California voters approved Proposition 8 through a fair and legitimate electoral process, but you wouldn’t know that from the supposedly tolerant groups that opposed it. In America, we respect the results of fair elections. We should respect the results of the Proposition 8 vote just like we do all the other campaigns.
The truth is that domestic partnerships are a Trojan horse used to obtain same-sex “marriage.” When first conceived, domestic partnerships were meant to be an imitation of marriage and were specifically designed with same-sex couples in mind. The message they sent to society was this: The relationships are of equal value; we just call them by different names.
Outside the gates of a Mormon temple, Kai Cross joined more than 2,000 gay-rights advocates in a chorus of criticism of the church’s role in a new statewide ban on same-sex marriage. “They are on the losing side of history” . . .
The Christian Post reports: But traditional marriage supporters are decrying the court petitions, arguing that such legal actions are “a brazen attempt to gut the democratic process,” said Glen Lavy, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal …
Back to court … again: Californians voted for traditional marriage Tuesday, but opponents file lawsuits
WorldMag reports: Alliance Defense Fund senior counsel Glenn Lavy, who has defended traditional marriage in the state, said the suits underscore homosexual activists’ disrespect for the will of the people. “Before the election, the opposition tried everything to keep Prop …
“Contempt for the will of the people”: Same-sex marriage proponents won’t concede election, ask court to nullify Proposition 8
The California Catholic Daily reports: With 99.5% of the voted counted, Proposition 8 held a nearly half-million vote lead yesterday, but proponents of same-sex marriage are refusing to concede defeat and have filed a petition with the California Supreme Court …
A new court petition filed by groups dissatisfied with the decision of California voters to protect marriage demonstrates the contempt such groups have for the will of the people, according to attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports: Voters in California seem to have spoken clearly: under the state’s constitution, marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman. One result that’s far from clear, however: what happens to all …
http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4737 ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND STATEMENT November 4, 2008 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.telladf.org/pressroom ADF strongly condemns religious bigotry of anti-Proposition 8 ad TV ad demonstrates extreme intolerance of California marriage opponents SACRAMENTO, Calif. …
The Orange County Register carries this commentary by ADF attorney Glen Lavy. It begins: The democratic process is getting a black eye in California, courtesy of the proponents of a new kind of “tolerance.” And the forces behind this so-called …
ADF attorney Glen Lavy has posted this comment in Google News. He begins: “The California Supreme Court’s denial of marriage opponents’ request to keep the California marriage amendment off the November ballot was its only rational option.”
. . . same-sex “marriage” advocates . . . say . . . “How does this hurt you?” But they misunderstand that those defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman are not just concerned with themselves.
“Equality California and its allies are desperate to evade the democratic process. First, they used the courts to erase the votes of nearly 5 million Californians who voted to protect marriage. Now, they are trying to silence the people’s voice forever,” said ADF Senior Counsel Glen Lavy.
MSNBC reports: Conservative activist Gary Bauer claims the decision by CA to legalize gay marriage could help the GOP. “The Pew poll found that 41 percent of Republicans say same-sex marriage will be ‘very important’ to their vote this year, …
NJ.com reports on the hearings and include this excerpt: . . . Some employers would have trouble accommodating transgender employees because of their own religious objections and other employees’ privacy concerns in restrooms, said Glen Lavy, senior counsel for the …
The AP has this report that begins: “Gay rights advocates asked California’s highest court Friday to keep off the November ballot a citizens’ initiative that would again ban same-sex marriage.” The San Francisco Chronicle has this report that concludes: “First, …
ADF attorney has this commentary on Townhall. He writes: . . . The constitution approved by Kosovo’s Parliament without debate on April 9 is a distinct improvement on earlier drafts, and to the casual observer, the document is replete with …
The Desert Sun carries a commentary by ADF attorney Glen Lavy titled: “Same-sex marriage CON: Why hold the ‘marriages’ before the voters have their say?” He concludes: But who really poses the greatest threat to liberty? Those who would preserve …
Jeff Johnson reports on OneNewsNow: “Pro-family law firms are weighing in with the U.S. Supreme Court on a case that could determine how much profanity viewers have to tolerate from over-the-air television broadcasts . . . Glen Lavy, senior counsel …
ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to reverse an appellate court judgment that overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s censure of indecent language . . .
The San Francisco Chronicle reports: As same-sex couples prepare to wed later this month, at least one county clerk in California’s conservative Central Valley is preparing to sidestep the state high court’s legalization of gay marriage by shutting down marriage …
Lisa Leff reports on the AP: . . . Now that California‘s highest court has held that two men may be legally married starting later this month, friends want to know when the Los Angeles [same-sex] couple plan to take …
The AP reports: The reality is that same-sex couples know that the California change has no legal effect in Arizona, said Equality Arizona spokesman Sam Holdren. “They may go for the emotion effect, the spiritual effect of it.” . . …
Glen Lavy on the Frank Pastore Show: 16+ states lined up to defend marriage the last time homosexuals lined up for Cal. “marriage” licenses
ADF Attorney Glen Lavy appears on the Frank Pastore Show to discuss the California Supreme Court’s refusal to stay its marriage ruling. The mp3 file is here and it runs just over 12 minutes.
“Gay couples cheer California high court ruling” http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0608/525854.html Associated Press The California Supreme Court’s announcement Wednesday cleared the final hurdle for same-sex couples in the nation’s most populous state to wed beginning June 17, when state officials have said counties …
. . . The court has not only ignored the will of the people of California, it has imposed years of legal chaos quite possibly on the entire nation. Without exaggeration, this decision is the most egregious case of judicial activism in modern American history . . .
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund submitted documents to the California Supreme Court Tuesday asking the court to take official notice of the secretary of state’s certification of the citizen marriage amendment initiative.
lliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Glen Lavy, who recently argued before the California Supreme Court to defend marriage, will participate in a panel discussion Thursday on the national implications of the California Supreme Court’s May 15 marriage decision. The Family Research Council is hosting the event at the National Press Club in Washington.
FRC is sponsoring a panel to discuss California marriage. “The invited panel of legal and policy experts will include Glen Lavy, Senior Counsel with Alliance Defense Fund; Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Robert P. George, McCormick Professor …
Same-sex couples who are registered as domestic partners do not have to dissolve that union before getting married, attorneys that advise the state Legislature said Thursday, just as county clerks and other local officials met to determine how they will enact last week’s historic state Supreme Court ruling.
The LA Times continues its point, counter-point series between Glen Lavy of ADF and Lambda Legal Attorney Jon W. Davidson. Today’s topic: Jon W. Davidson says the state has a compelling legal interest in regulating marriage and fully including same-sex …
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a petition with the California Supreme Court Thursday asking the court to delay the effective date of its May 15 decision on marriage until after California voters have been heard on a constitutional amendment in November.
on W. Davidson says the California court’s decision will influence judicial and legislative proceedings across the country but probably won’t affect the presidential election. Glen Lavy predicts that the court’s ruling will spark a multi-state backlash similar to the one in 2004.
The majority’s redefinition of “marriage” was an unavoidable first step in striking down the will of the people. That’s because none of the arguments for same-sex “marriage” make any sense whatsoever if “marriage” means the legal union of a man and woman.
If the first concern of the state’s highest tribunal (and the majority of California elected officials) is not the welfare of children, or respect for profound legal precedent, or the expressed will of most of the state’s electorate … what is defining the court’s priorities?
ADF attorneys who defended Proposition 22 note that the outcome illustrates precisely why a state law alone is not sufficient to protect marriage . . . The only way to make sure it does so in California is to amend the state constitution . . .
Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Glen Lavy will be available for media interviews Thursday at 10 a.m. PDT when the California Supreme Court releases its decision on the constitutionality of the state’s Defense of Marriage Act, Proposition 22.
President Fatmir Sedjiu told the group that he had “trusted the experts” that Kosovo was compelled to include sexual orientation so that Kosovo would have a “contemporary” understanding of international human rights.
On March 3rd shortly after oral arguments before the Cal. Supreme Court, ADF attorney Glen Lavy appeared on the Inga Barks show on KMJ-AM 580 to discuss the California marriage litigation. The mp3 file runs just over 9 minutes. Related …
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday that a six-foot granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the city of Everett does not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Alliance Defense Fund funded a friend-of-the-court brief filed by Steve Fitschen of the National Legal Foundation.
The origin of the California Marriage Cases extends all the way back to February 2004, when Gavin Newsome, mayor of San Francisco, authorized county clerks to begin issuing “marriage” licenses to same-sex couples.