Pro-abortion Congresswoman introduces resolution urging states to ban sexual orientation therapy | Life Site News

Unclear how Ohio religious-freedom bill fits with church-state divide | Columbus Dispatch

Team steps up to defend Christians in armed forces | World Net Daily

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Protecting Soldiers’ Conscience Rights | NC Register

    NC Register: Joseph La Rue, an attorney with the public advocacy firm Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Register that ADF is investigating the extent of violations of Christian religious liberty and how far up the chain of command they go. “I think there is definitely a reason to be concerned,” he said. “Are we dealing with isolated incidents that were mistakes or are we dealing with something bigger than that? Right now, frankly, we don’t know.” However, he said a number of incidents involve Christians who have articulated their views on homosexuality. ADF is a consultant on one such case involving a U.S. Army master sergeant who bought Chick-fil-A — the fast-food chain targeted by homosexual-rights supporters after its president expressed support for traditional marriage — to celebrate his promotion and vocalize his support for DOMA. “There’s a tension between religious freedom on one hand and full acceptance of homosexual members of the military on the other hand,” La Rue said. [more]


  • Posted: 06/14/2013
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Team steps up to defend Christians in armed forces | WND

Pentagon Backtracks and Says U. S. Soldiers Can Share Their Faith

SB535: Illegal to Fire Your Child’s Babysitter | Hawaii Free Press

Will Hawaii make firing many nannies, babysitters illegal?

Phoenix mayor, council open the women’s bathroom door for men | Joe LaRue at American Thinker

Phoenix expands anti-bias measure to include LGBT community

Phoenix expands anti-bias measure to include LGBT community | KPHO (includes video)

Phoenix commissions approve LGBT and disability protections | KTAR

    KTAR.com (2/14): “There is a potential concern for businesses that have offices in multiple cities across our state to have unequal enforcement of the law throughout our state,” Legal Consultant Joseph La Rue, with the Alliance Defending Freedom said. La Rue said the new proposals may make hiring decisions difficult for multi-city companies. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a nonprofit religious rights group dedicated to defending religious freedom, marriage and family, and pro-life issues. La Rue also opposed the new proposals because of potential costs to small businesses if further protections are added to the city ordinances. “What we’ve seen in other places where amendments like these are passed is the cost to small business owners goes up,” La Rue said. “There is the threat of litigation anytime [businesses] fail to hire someone who is a member of the protected class.”


  • Posted: 02/19/2013
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Senate Committee Overrides Illinois History | Illinois Family Institute

“Illinois Senate could consider same-sex marriage next week” | Star Courier

“Illinois Senate committee approves gay marriage” | Register-News (AP)

    Register-News (AP): But Joseph La Rue, minister and legal counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom, said the bill’s language discriminates against religious organizations precisely because it relies on the state human-rights law. That law doesn’t force a church to hire someone who professes a different faith, but it’s not clear what would happen to a Catholic who’s in a same-sex union, he said. “The church will not be able to refuse to hire them on the basis of their same-sex marriage if they’re of the same faith … ,” La Rue said. “The Catholic diocese could be faced with an application for employment for a receptionist – who is the face of the diocese – who is in a same-sex marriage … and under your Human Rights Act, could be required to hire that person.”


  • Posted: 02/06/2013
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“Illinois Senate committee sends gay-marriage bill to floor” | News-Gazette

IL: “Gay marriage bill clears Senate panel, moves to full vote” | WLSAM

    WLSAM: Some of the bill’s opponents say a lack of clarity in this area could cause trouble in the courts. Joseph La Rue, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, testified before the committee that the bill doesn’t clearly exempt churches from renting out their facilities such as in other states like New York. “What Illinois’ bill says is public accommodations decisions will be subject to the Human Rights Act and to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and nobody knows for sure what that means,” he said. “Nobody knows how this will play out. And so instead of giving churches protection, the Legislature is simply punting the ball down the field for future courts and future legislatures to decide, and that leaves churches in a very precarious spot.”


  • Posted: 02/06/2013
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“Gay marriage bill sails through Senate committee, 9-5″ | Windy City Times

IL: ‘Defend Marriage’ lobby day is set Feb. 20 in Springfield | Catholic Post

Pastors Vow To Resist Illinois Same Sex Marriage Bill | Illinois Review

Citizens Jailed For Religious Speech On Bourbon Street | One News Now