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Citizen Link: Wednesday’s ruling affirms the importance of protecting and strengthening marriage as the union of one man and one woman, according to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt. “The people of Hawaii adopted a constitutional amendment to uphold marriage, and the court rightly concluded that the democratic process shouldn’t be short-circuited by judicial decree,” Schowengerdt said. ADF Litigation Counsel Holly Carmichael described the 120-page decision as “very well-reasoned and thought-out.” “The point of the decision — that marriage is between one man and one woman — is a completely rational and good thing for society,” she said. “It re-emphasizes what we have known for so many years.”
“Same-Sex Marriage Case Dismissed: Gay Parenting Questioned” | Holly Carmichael on Hawaii Public Radio
Citizen Link: “Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it as this lawsuit clearly seeks to do,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Holly Carmichael. “Anyone who believes so-called civil unions will preserve marriage need only look at this lawsuit and countless others. Civil unions are a Trojan horse used by activists to undermine marriage, not protect it. Hawaii’s marriage statute and constitutional amendment uphold marriage, and we are seeking to give those protections an adequate defense.”
One News Now: “Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it as this lawsuit clearly seeks to do,” Carmichael contends. “Anyone who believes that civil unions will preserve marriage need only look at this lawsuit and countless others. Civil unions are a Trojan horse used by activists to undermine marriage, not protect it. Hawaii’s marriage statute and constitutional amendment uphold marriage, and we are seeking to give those protections an adequate defense.”
CNA: A Hawaiian lawsuit asking a federal court to instate “gay marriage” shows that the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions is just a stepping stone to redefining marriage, several critics say. (ADF Attorney Holly Carmichael and ADF Allied Attorney Jim Hochberg quoted at length)
Washington Blade – “America’s Leading Gay News Source”: The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, which has intervened in pro-LGBT ballot measures across the country for many years, has begun weighing in on the measure. “The ultimate concern with enacting something like that is that it infringes on religious freedoms,” said ADF lawyer Holly Carmichael. “There’s a huge constitutional concern here.”
Anchorage Daily News: The main problem as the Alliance Defense Fund sees it is that private business owners could be forced to hire or do business with people whose sexual orientation doesn’t match their religious beliefs, said Holly Carmichael, a lawyer for the fund. “The ultimate concern with enacting something like that is that it infringes on religious freedoms,” Carmichael said. “There’s a huge constitutional concern here.” [more . . . ]
ADF Attorney Holly Carmichael at Townhall: “Despite the pain of absence or loss, the void left by a missing parent serves a valuable purpose: it drives us to seek something we know is missing. In other words, the fatherless know they are missing something, and that can motivate them to seek strong and healthy father and husband roles and replacements. The void gives them a model to work toward. Pretending there is no void only perpetuates the harm.”
Christian Post: “When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose,” Cuomo said, adding that those who disobey the law would be charged with a misdemeanor. Belforti’s lawyers have a different point of view. “That’s a hard statement to reconcile with New York’s Human Rights laws, which protect religious freedom,” said Holly Carmichael, a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a conservative Christian advocacy group, who is working with Belforti.
The Rhode Island Catholic: The O’Reillys and the inn are being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based legal organization.
Michael Foust at Baptist Press: “They are doing an outstanding job,” Holly Carmichael, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which supports DOMA, told Baptist Press. “They are drawing from the same main argument that the Department of Justice used to make — responsible procreation, having a mom and a dad, is the best model for children. Those are really the reasons the House enacted DOMA.” [more]
WORLDmag.com: Holly Carmichael, of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), said New York’s same-sex marriage law “conflicts with fundamental American religious freedoms.”
OneNewsNow.com: “Even though the same-sex marriage law doesn’t provide adequate protection, other laws in New York echo what their highest court has said and requires these religious accommodations for people who are caught between their beliefs and what their employer is asking them to do,” says Carmichael. [more . . . ]
Greenfield Reporter (AP): “It’s a very well-founded concern,” said Holly Carmichael of the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based firm that presses faith-based cases in court nationwide. “It conflicts with fundamental American religious freedoms.”
Holly Carmichael serves as litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and works to protect marriage and the family as a member of the marriage litigation team. She joined Alliance Defending Freedom as a full-time attorney in 2010. Carmichael is admitted to the bar in California and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st and 9th Circuits. She earned her J.D. from the University of California-Davis and is an Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Fellow.