Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Steve Aden on the Hugh Hewitt Show: No one should be forced to pay for abortion in violation of conscience
Dave Cortman on the Victoria Taft Show: The 17 year battle over church access in NYC public facilities
Jordan Lorence and Fernando Cabrera on the Jason Mattera Show: Use of public facilities by religious groups is Establishment?
ADF Update: Watch this important message from ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears about this amazing development in the 17-year battle for equal access—not only in New York City, but for churches across the nation.
9News.com (includes video, Brian Raum appears in it): This particular legislation has been used as a springboard to same-sex marriage in virtually every place that it’s been instituted,” Brian Raum, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, said, “either through the court system or legislatively.”
ADF Attorney Austin R. Nimocks appeared on several shows to discuss the ruling. | KKSF Newstalk 910 AM San Francisco with Rosie Allen – MP3 audio 9:13 | Talk 107.3 FM Baton Rouge with Matt Kennedy - MP3 audio 5:03 mins | WMUZ 103.5 FM, The Light the Bob Dutko Show - MP3 audio 8:53 mins.
Dale Schowengerdt on the Hugh Hewitt Show: Could the Presidential election affect the course of the Prop. 8 litigation?
Joe Infranco and John Eastman on Ave Maria Radio with Al Kresta: Analyzing the 9th Circuit Prop. 8 ruling
ADF Attorney Dale Schowengerdt appeared on several radio shows to discuss the Prop. 8 ruling. | The Drew Mariani Show - MP3 audio 11:40 mins | WSHO in New Orleans with Kathleen Benfield – MP3 audio 16:13 mins | The Victoria Taft Show - MP3 audio 7:56 mins
Baptist Press (includes video of Alan Sears): Alliance Defense Fund attorney Dale Schowengerdt said that while the decision’s outcome was more narrow than Walker’s, its reasoning in striking down Prop 8 was broad. “It’s not a narrow ruling in many regards,” Schowengerdt told Baptist Press. “The court basically said there’s no legitimate reason to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The court said Proposition 8 was supported by nothing but animus.”
New Hampshire Public Radio (includes audio): A 23-page memo from the Susan B. Anthony List and the Alliance Defense Fund outlines what those groups’ leaders say are a series of funding irregularities uncovered in various state and federal audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates. “These problems reveal a pattern of gross financial mismanagement,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List. Steven Aden, the Alliance Defense Fund’s senior counsel, added, “The 10 state audits amounted to nearly 8 million dollars in waste, abuse and potential fraud.”
Alan E. Sears on the Hugh Hewitt Show: HHS regs enjoin employers to include contraception, sterilization
ADF President and General Counsel Alan E. Sears appeared on Truth that Transforms. | MP3 audio 24:23 mins
Jonathan Scruggs on Across America with Gary Freeman: Shutting down pro life access at the Wyoming Capitol
Jordan Lorence on the Janet Mefferd Show: New Yorkers march over church evictions and unequal access policy
Austin R. Nimocks on AFR Focal Point with Bryan Fischer: Marriage battles in New Hampshire and Washington state
Roger Kiska on the Hugh Hewitt Show: Swedish political leader says remove kids from parents who homeschool
ADF Attorney Austin R. Nimocks, Pastor Ken Hutcherson, Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, and Washington Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on King 5 News.
Austin R. Nimocks of the Alliance Defense Fund, Christopher Plante of the National Organization for Marriage, and Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute testify before a Washington State Senate Panel on the purpose of marriage. (January 23, 2012)
OneNewsNow.com: Alliance Defense Fund attorney Joel Oster was back in court this week to take on the cited law. “The appeals court in Texas heard our case about whether or not a church can speak out on local political matters. The case went really well,” he accounts. “The argument was well presented, and the court, I believe, understands that even a church has free-speech rights and has a right to petition their government for the redress of grievances.”
ADF Attorney David Cortman appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hosanna Tabor (ministerial exception for Christian school teachers) and its refusal to hear Forsyth County (sectarian legislative prayer). | MP3 audio 7:10 mins
Odyssey Networks: Nearly 200 politicians, pastors, and church members protested a recent court ruling that allows the City of New York to deny churches and other religious organizations after hours access to public school facilities. Mayor Bloomberg plans to evict the church groups on February 12th. (Jordan Lorence appears in the video)
Kevin Theriot on the Hugh Hewitt Show: Landmark ruling in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC
ADF Attorney Jordan Lorence appeared on several radio shows to discuss the Bronx Household ruling and its fallout: “The Supreme Court’s action has acted as a catalyst to galvanize pastors [and] members of the New York City Council as well as state lawmakers in the legislature in Albany to oppose this and to ask and to work for repeal of this policy,” the attorney explains. | MP3 audio 22:40 mins; FRC Washington Watch with Tim Wildmon and Tony Perkins (NY Councilman Cabrerar also appeared on this broadcast) | MP3 audio 10:20 mins; Line of Fire Radio with Michael Brown | MP3 audio 12:35 mins; The Morning Ride with Mark Elfstrand | ADF Media: Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York resource page
ADF Attorney David Hacker on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss this: UL-Lafayette censors internationally acclaimed professor for politically incorrect views. | MP3 audio 5:25 mins
James Hochberg on the Michael Medved Show: Do Americans have a right to prohibit certain sexual behaviors in their homes?
ADF Allied Attorney Jim Hochberg appeared on the Michael Medved Show to discuss the suit in Hawaii that lesbians have filed against a bed and breakfast. | MP3 audio 33:53 mins
Dave Cortman on the Hugh Hewitt Show: Nampa Classical Academy: ID bans religious documents in public schools
ADF Attorney Nate Kellum appeared on the Zeb Bell Show to discuss the assault on a nativity scene in Texas. | MP3 audio 15:40 mins | Related: Video: Thousands Rally in Texas to Save Nativity – War On Christmas | Nate Kellum at Townhall: Don’t Mess with Texas (at Christmas)
Jeremy Tedesco on the Vicki McKenna Show: Ruling saying Christians groups must accept atheist leaders appealed to SCOTUS
Alan E. Sears on the Hugh Hewitt Show: Judicial appointments are a President’s longest lasting legacy
KIVA.com ABC 7: Brown’s lawyers said there’s a more practical explanation. “It was late in the day (when we got the subpoena), and it said that we had to produce all of these documents the very next morning. This is like an 18-paragraph request for documents. There was not enough time to file all of these documents, so we filed a motion for a protective order. Under Texas law, when you file a protective order, you don’t have to produce the documents unless the court says you have to produce the documents. Once the court said to produce the documents, we produced the documents. Where’s the controversy?” said Brown’s Alliance Defense Fund lawyer, Joel Oster.
Mike Adams on Truth that Transforms: Standing For Christ and Against Political Correctness on Campus
ADF Media Information Page: Adams v. The Trustees of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington resource page
El Paso Times: Brown’s attorney, Joel Oster, said the document released by Walker on Monday is unimportant, calling it “a non-issue.” . . . But Oster, one of Brown’s attorneys, downplayed the document’s significance. “The minutes that you refer to are a non-issue,” Oster said in an email. “They were properly given to the other side pursuant to the subpoena and the court’s instructions. They don’t state that the church itself was involved. “In any event, the court already stated that it believes that the church circulated the petitions. … What the court held, however, was that First Amendment rights were at stake and it would not stop the election.”
Engage Family Minute: Jordan Lorence, senior vice-president with the Alliance Defense Fund, has been the chief litigator on this case. Jordan wrote an instructive blog post on the topic (copied below), but also took the time to join me for a brief discussion over the phone. I hope you will listen to it – especially if you are a pastor or elder committed to planting churches in West Virginia – and share it with your friends. [audio at the link]
Testimony of Steve Aden before the House Judiciary Committee: The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011, H.R. 3541
ADF Attorney Steve Aden appeared yesterday to give testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. Video and testimony from others giving testimony can be found here.
Dave Cortman on “Drive Time” with Bill Bunkley: Supreme Court allows “unequal access” for churches to stand in Bronx Household
ADF Attorney David Cortman appeared on the Zeb Bell Show. | MP3 audio 18:40 mins | Legal Memo: Constitutional Rights of Students, Teachers, and Public Schools to Seasonal Religious Expression
ADF attorney Joel Oster appeared on the “Pratt on Texas” show to discuss the situation. | MP3 audio 14:14 mins
Matt Bowman and Fe Vinoya on the Laura Ingraham Show: Conscience protection in the Sanctity of Life battle – the NJ nurses case