Minnesota bill to redefine marriage headed to full House, Senate | MPR

Picture this — high court to decide if Christians can run biblical business | One News Now

US appeals court OKs church invites at Barrett Elementary School | Pocono Record

Religious-based adoption services may be leaving Colorado

US appeals court OKs church invites at Pa. school | WJACTV.com (AP)

Fifth-grader can hand out Christmas party invitations in public school, court rules | The Morning Call

Appeals Court tells PA school district that its policies are unconstitutional

Pro-Life Group Tries to Stop Using Aborted Babies for Cosmetics

Should aborted babies be used for cosmetic procedures? | Alliance Defending Freedom

First Canada Then America: Speaking Against Homosexuality is a Crime | Engage Family Minute

New Mexico Supreme Court hears appeal by photographer in gay bias case | LGBTQ Nation

“State Supreme Court hears gay bias case” | ABQ Journal

    ABQ Journal: Attorney Jordan Lorence’s theme in his oral argument Monday was that earlier courts’ decisions in favor of the couple who challenged Elane Photography’s refusal to photograph the ceremony amounted to “compelled speech” in violation of their First Amendment rights, or the government putting words in someone’s mouth. “The law cannot compel someone to stand on a soapbox,” he said, “in the same way that a court cannot compel someone to use his photographic skills to say something contrary to his beliefs.” . . . Lorence’s Washington, D.C.-based Alliance Defending Freedom represents the studio and has vowed to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if there is an adverse ruling from New Mexico’s highest court . . . Lorence said after the hearing he sensed “some clear division on the court,” including “some skepticism and some openness to what we were saying.” He emphasized the “unique, artistic skills” that he said photographer Elaine Huguenin brings to her work. “This was not just recording like a security video camera, and the other side downplays that considerably,” he said.


  • Posted: 03/12/2013
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“Appeal By Photographer In Gay Bias Case Is Heard” | AP

Phoenix Human-Relations Ordinance Causes Catholic Concern | NC Register

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

NM Supreme Court to hear appeal by photographer | KFOXTV.com (AP)

Boy Scouts must stand firm for their principles: Organization loses its relevance if it caves on ‘morally straight’ | Dave Cortman at Washington Times

Court rules that Catholic-owned company may challenge HHS mandate | Catholic Culture

TN bill would let graduate-student counselors reject clients on religious grounds

Latest Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Decision Includes Several New Twists

Broad, Diverse Defense of Marriage at Supreme Court | Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation

Anticipating SCOTUS ruling accountants are encouraging same-sex couples to seek prospective tax benefits

The Institution God Created – Pastors Joining Forces on Marriage | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

A Great Champion of Religious Freedom: Pope Benedict XVI | Rory Gray at Speak Up Movement

    Rory Gray at Speak Up Movement: Expressions of sincere thanks and appreciation for Pope Benedict XVI’s leadership in the religious freedom arena are both necessary and appropriate. But perhaps the best tribute to Pope Benedict XVI’s public ministry is to heed his moving words describing religious freedom as “an essential element of a constitutional state,” a right that “cannot be denied without at the same time encroaching on all fundamental rights and freedoms, since it is their synthesis and keystone. It is the litmus test for the respect of all the other human rights.” Alliance Defending Freedom works every day to uphold religious freedom in all of its forms. And we invite you to join us in this effort, so valiantly championed by Pope Benedict XVI.


  • Posted: 03/08/2013
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Planned Parenthood under fire after botched Colo. abortion | CNA

Pro-Lifers Debate Tactics But Stand United in Grassroots Anti-Abortion Tidal Wave

Colorado mortgage company files suit against birth control mandate | Denver Post (updated)

Mobile pregnancy services provider shut down, sues Elgin | Courier News Chicago Sun Times

Illinois Women Denied Free Pregnancy Services — Federal Lawsuit Filed Today | Christian Newswire

Colorado mortgage company files suit against birth control mandate | Denver Post

Is the Governor of New York King of Abortions as Well? | Catherine Glenn Foster at Townhall

“Ellen DeGeneres Sends Humorous Pro-Gay Marriage Brief to Supreme Court” | Christian Post

Judge blocks Arizona from cutting off Planned Parenthood funds because of abortions | Ahwatukee Foothills News

Rialto City Council defends public prayers before meetings | Inside Bay Area

Developments In Small Business Challenges To the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate | Religion Clause Blog

The Pastor, the Pulpit, and Politics | Faith and Liberty Talkshow at Ohio Christian U.

Monitoring The Monitors | Piero Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond

Court stuns educators with approval of vouchers | World Net Daily

‘March for Marriage’ to Hit Washington on Mar. 26

Missouri Company Wins Another Battle Against HHS Abortion Mandate | Life News

Marbury v. Madison | Steve Aden at Constituting America

“Marriage equality bill progresses in Illinois” | Prospectus News

Proposed Health Care Conscience Rights Act — ‘Last and Only Hope’?

Another Injunction against the Birth-Control Rule | Wesley J. Smith at National Review

World Congress of Families VII (May 15-18) in Sydney, Australia

In Missouri, Another Crucial Legal Win Against The Abortion Pill Mandate | Alan E. Sears

Sentences for Teaching Sentences | Ben Bull at Townhall

Religious Freedom Outscores Obamacare 12-4 in Court

Wrestling ref’s penalty for prayer a 1st Amendment violation, says legal group | One News Now

Rialto City Council defends public prayers before meetings | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Still, those who champion public invocations say the practice is legal, no matter which deity is mentioned. “The Supreme Court made it clear in 1983 that public prayers are constitutional,” said Brett Harvey, senior counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom. Harvey said if the Founding Fathers delivered prayers according to the dictate of their conscience, legislators and those giving invocations today should be able to do the same.”The wording of the Constitution hasn’t changed,” Harvey said. “It’s not the government’s job to tell people when and how to pray, and the ACLU would like prayers to conform to some generic civil orthodoxy that they agree with, that’s consistent with their beliefs.”

    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Still, those who champion public invocations say the practice is legal, no matter which deity is mentioned. “The Supreme Court made it clear in 1983 that public prayers are constitutional,” said Brett Harvey, senior counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom. Harvey said if the Founding Fathers delivered prayers according to the dictate of their conscience, legislators and those giving invocations today should be able to do the same.”The wording of the Constitution hasn’t changed,” Harvey said. “It’s not the government’s job to tell people when and how to pray, and the ACLU would like prayers to conform to some generic civil orthodoxy that they agree with, that’s consistent with their beliefs.”


  • Posted: 03/04/2013
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Pro-Life Groups Tell UN Treaty Bodies to Stop Pushing Abortion

Culture Digest: Planned Parenthood In Colorado Sued For Forced Abortion | Townhall

When Is a Church Not a Church? | Paul Coleman at Bell Towers

Partisan Word Games Don’t Change the Reality of Abortion | Matt Bowman at Townhall

“Gay marriage supported by almost 2 in 3 Californians, poll says” | Christian Science Monitor

Attorney: Time of ‘great peril’ for people of faith | Baptist Press

Obama Administration to File Brief in Supreme Court Prop 8 Case | Christian Post

Members of Congress Call for GAO Investigation of Planned Parenthood | Breitbart

200 Congressional Dems Urge Court To Overturn DOMA

Video: Brazilian politicians seeking to outlaw ‘homophobic’ speech, warn evangelicals

Planned Parenthood doctor accused of forcing abortion | GOP USA

Pro-Life Groups Ask General Assembly to Reform UN Treaty Bodies

Two Important State Amicus Briefs in the California Marriage Case | SCOTUS Blog

Hundreds of Major Corporations Sign Supreme Court Briefs in Support of Homosexual ‘Marriage’ | ChristianNews.net

Personal Liability for College Administrators Violating Student Rights | Heather Gebelin Hacker at Speak Up Movement