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National Law Journal: “The people of Virginia and every other state should continue to be free to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws if they choose to do so,” Alliance senior counsel Byron Babione said in a written statement.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people–under threat of punishment–to give up their freedom to live and work according to their beliefs. Louisiana College is a Christian college that simply wants to continue to operate as a Christian college as it has since its founding in1906. The court–in the first final ruling finding against the mandate that we are of–did the right thing in striking down the Obamacare abortion pill mandate as it applies to Louisiana College’s health insurance coverage.” -ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot
Winston-Salem Journal: Brett Harvey, senior counsel with the Alliance, said Tuesday that counsel would file a reply in the next few weeks. He said courts had already recognized that the county’s policy was inclusive, and that it was the content of the prayers that they had found problematic.
Live Action News: On August 7, Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter of complaint to the Arizona Department of Health Services against Planned Parenthood AZ, Inc. The letter states that the Planned Parenthood at 1250 E. Apache Blvd in Tempe, AZ violated Arizona’s mandatory law to report sex abuse of a minor when a counselor failed to report the sexual assault of an underage girl.
The Christian Post: “Churches have a right to know how they will be treated by the IRS,” said ADF’s Erik Stanley. “And the IRS, as a public agency, cannot enact new policies in secrecy.”
Point of View: October 5 is when the annual “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” takes place. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has organized this event each year.
WUSA9: McQuigg is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys. The Alliance Defending Freedom describes itself as “an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.” Senior Counsel Byron Babion issued a statement.
ABC News (AP): Ken Connelly, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Prince William County Clerk of Court Michele B. McQuigg in the case, said the group will seek an emergency stay from the nation’s highest court “as soon as possible.” That request will go to Chief Justice John Roberts, who is responsible for the 4th Circuit.
Alliance Defending Freedom: On August 6, our attorneys representing Sally Howe Smith, a county clerk in Oklahoma, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of Oklahomans to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “The people of Virginia and every other state should continue to be free to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws if they choose to do so. Because the 4th Circuit chose not to place a hold on its decision as other courts – including the U.S. Supreme Court – have done in nearly identical cases, we intend to ask the high court to do so in this case before the 4th Circuit’s mandate goes into effect. We trust the Supreme Court will grant our request in order to ensure an orderly and dignified resolution of this important constitutional question.” -ADF Senior Counsel Byron Babione
BR Now: Alliance Defending Freedom has been campaigning to overturn the portion of the tax code that prohibits nonprofit organizations from “intervening in political campaigns as a condition of their tax-exempt status.”
Life News: Last month, the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.
Catholic News Agency: The report, which is Alliance Defending Freedom’s third annual report on the abortion-performing corporation, examined 44 external audits of Planned Parenthood as well as 51 federal audits of state family planning programs.
National Catholic Register: Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado’s educational-choice programs, according to a brief filed by ADF attorneys in a case that is due to be heard by the state Supreme Court.
Daily Caller: The department complaint, filed by the conservative legal nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, doesn’t concern criminal charges but violations of licensing requirements.
The Education Action Network: One of the citizens who came today was a representative of Alliance Defending Freedom. This organization has been at our side assuring SB1009 is reflected in the TUHSD Sex Ed curriculum.
Life Site News: In a complaint filed last week, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) asked Arizona officials to inspect and investigate a Planned Parenthood facility in Tempe, Arizona. The complaint comes months after an alleged sexual assault victim and her mother filed a police report claiming that a counselor declined to report the rape.
Alliance Defending Freedom: By far the biggest story of the day: U.S. fighter jets bombed ISIS (now known as Islamic State) militants in Iraq this morning, and according to CNN, “U.S. warplanes patrolling the skies over northern Iraq have a ‘green light’ to go after perceived ISIS threats to the Kurdish capital, Irbil, or to minority populations, said deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.”
The College Fix: “It’s encouraging that we are seeing courts uphold this fundamental First Amendment freedom in the places where some of the greatest ideas and movements in history have been birthed,” Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for Alliance Defending Freedom, said in an email to The College Fix.
The Daily Signal: Why did they go to court, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom? Regulations drawn up by the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, included the HHS rule mandating that employee insurance plans cover 20 forms of contraception, four of which are considered seen by many to be potentially life-ending.
Kellie Fiedorek discusses AZ Planned Parenthood investigation and marriage in OK with Zeb Bell (audio)
Tuscon News Now: The group Alliance Defending Freedom sent a formal complaint to health services director Will Humble to look into accusations that a counselor at a Tempe abortion clinic failed to report a teen girl was pregnant because of a sexual assault.
Life News: “Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars. Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can’t be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue.”
Christian News Network: “Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker in additional comments about the matter issued in a recent press release. “Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars. Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can’t be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue.”
Catholic News Agency: “School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” commented Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, in an Aug. 5 statement.
GOP USA: OneNewsNow reported in July that Alliance Defending Freedom and its annual “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” have been daring the IRS to sue pastors for asserting their First Amendment rights behind the pulpit.
Christian News Network: “The 10th Circuit … negated the exercise of this fundamental right (of voting) by more than 1 million Oklahomans and millions of voters in other states,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wrote on behalf of Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe. “Invalidating the people’s voice on an issue as profound as the definition of marriage presents an important question that warrants this court’s review.”
GOP USA: Mauzy said he sought legal advice from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal nonprofit, so as to avoid possible legal challenges.
Buzzfeed: Michèle McQuigg, the clerk of the circuit court in Prince William County, also has said that she will be filing a certiorari petition in the Virginia case. Like the clerk in Oklahoma, McQuigg is represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group. Unlike Herring, McQuigg is defending the constitutionality of the ban.
Bloomberg: Nick Bouknight, a spokesman for the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, whose lawyers represented McQuigg, declined to comment on whether the group would ask the Supreme Court to review the Virginia case. Jeffrey Brooke, an attorney for Schaefer, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Your West Valley: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a formal complaint to Health Services Director Will Humble Thursday asking him to investigate after a counselor at a Tempe clinic allegedly failed to report that a teen girl’s pregnancy was the result of a sexual assault. Humble says he’s reviewing the letter.
Pro Life Blogs: “Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars. Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can’t be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: As the debate over the definition of marriage rages across the states, the European Court of Human Rights (kind of like a “Supreme Court of Europe”) has decided that the European Convention on Human Rights (kind of like our Constitution) does not require that nations recognize same-sex marriage.
Speak Up Movement: If pastors did not speak about the evils of slavery, where would we be today? If pastors did not stand for women to be treated as more than property, how different would society look?
ABC 15: “Every American should be outraged that Planned Parenthood is refusing to report a rape,” said Christiana Holcomb.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services Thursday that asks the agency to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new state law that empowers such investigations. Last month, ADF attorneys joined an Arizona Life Coalition press conference that called on state prosecutors to investigate the facility for allegedly failing to report, as state law requires, the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.
News Times: ADF senior counsel Byron Babione said, “The people of every state should retain the freedom to preserve marriage if they so choose. Courts shouldn’t decide the legal destiny of marriage in any state, let alone in every state.”
Bloomberg: “In general, the circuit split is the golden ticket to the Supreme Court,” Austin Nimocks, a lawyer for the Arizona group, said in a phone interview before yesterday’s hearing. “I think the nationwide dynamic of this, with lawsuits everywhere, will have the Supreme Court taking a look at this regardless of whether there’s a circuit split.”
JD Journal: The group’s senior legal counsel, Byron Babione, said the following: “The people of every state should retain the freedom to preserve marriage if they so choose. Courts shouldn’t decide the legal destiny of marriage in any state, let alone in every state.”
Standard News Wire: According to an IRS letter to the U.S. Department of Justice that was entered into the official record of the FFRF lawsuit, 99 churches have been determined to “merit a high priority examination.” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an NRB Member, has requested all documents related to the settlement of this lawsuit with FFRF, given the indication that procedures for church investigation have been prepared by the IRS.
Charisma News: Erik Stanley, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the IRS settlement with the atheist group should create concern, telling The Blaze, “Every American should fear an IRS that uses its vast power to target, threaten and punish political opponents. Churches have succumbed to this regime of fear for the last 60 years under the Johnson Amendment, which was added to the tax code specifically to silence speech a politician didn’t like.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Madison voted Tuesday to rescind its law that created hundreds of censorship zones throughout the city in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in McCullen v. Coakley, a case Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008. ADF filed suit against the Madison law in February.
National Right to Life: The Bauers’ attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jason Guinasso, says the court then “responded to them by stating their faith had no relevance to the decision that had to be made regarding carrying the pregnancy to term or not. Further, the Court set up a series of hearings over the course of 40 days to consider whether to force Bill and Amy’s daughter to have an abortion. Indeed, the doctor summoned by the Court stated at one of the hearings that the only compassionate thing to do was to sterilize the Bauers’ daughter and abort the baby.”
The National Law Journal: “The 4th Circuit’s decision is at odds with other circuits that have upheld the right of states to issue such plates,” ADF senior counsel David Cortman said in a written statement.
Life Site News: A new report from Georgetown University suggests that public school children should be exposed to sexually explicit sex education at age 10 – while their views are still “malleable” – and that schools could lower STD and abortion rates by providing all girls capable of reproduction with “contraceptives and safe abortion” without “parental approval.”
Vice News: Also following the settlement, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative Christian group, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for details of the IRS exchanges with the FFRF.
Courthouse News Service: “The IRS cannot force churches to give up their precious constitutionally protected freedoms to receive a tax exemption,” Stanley said in a statement.
USA Today: “Everybody’s opinion on this should count,” Nimocks said. “This is not a one-sided issue. This is a two-sided issue.”
National Law Journal: “The Supreme Court has already declared that marriage law is the business of the states,” said Jim Campbell, the alliance’s senior legal counsel. “The high court has also recognized that the people in those states should be free to decide even the most controversial social issues within the democratic system that we inherited from our Founders.”
NewsOK: Byron Babione, senior legal counsel for the group, said Wednesday, “The people of every state should retain the freedom to preserve marriage if they so choose. Courts shouldn’t decide the legal destiny of marriage in any state, let alone in every state.”
Christian News Network: Hunjak, who has distributed literature at other soccer fields owned by the city without issue, then contacted the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for assistance. The group soon filed a legal challenge against the city, seeking an injunction against its ban on engaging in free speech activities on the sidewalks surrounding the complex.
Via Point of View. Erik Stanley starts at 43:19, and Kerri Kupec starts at 1:14:05.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Oklahoma county clerk asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to uphold the freedom of Oklahomans to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws.
Austin Nimocks discusses marriage, parental rights, and religious liberties with Dr. Derek Grier (audio)
Erik Stanley discusses Pulpit Freedom Initiative and the IRS investigation with Janet Mefferd (audio)
Alliance Defending Freedom: As the primary issue explored in the movie God’s Not Dead, college freshman Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is faced with this dilemma on the first day of philosophy class from Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). With a stunning debut at the box office, God’s Not Dead trailed only Divergent and The Grand Budapest Hotel in popularity on opening weekend. Now, it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The World and Everything in It Legal Docket: The marriage battle, abortion buffer zones, and a culturally significant census bureau report (audio)
The World and Everything in It Legal Docket: The marriage battle, abortion buffer zones, and a culturally significant census bureau report, by Mary Reichart.
Financial Buzz: The shocking evidence has been made public by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), one of the largest civil and constitutional rights activists in the USA. The ADF also said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) was given assurance by the IRS to go after churches, especially those known as Rogue Political Churches, to put them under investigation.
Insurance News Net: Moreover, the nation’s highest court has issued “guidance” in other cases that it wants court reversals of state bans to be put on hold for now, according to Byron Babione, the top lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom. In a recent Utah case, for example, the district court and appellate court both declined to delay the district court ruling’s implementation. But the U.S. Supreme Court then issued a stay, “and Utah’s man-woman marriage laws went back into effect,” Babione wrote in the Friday filing.