Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
CBN: Since the U.S. Constitution is silent on marriage, prominent traditional marriage defender Ryan Anderson wishes the Supreme Court would just toss the gay marriage controversy back to each state.
First Things: Those of us who know Ryan Anderson have certain adjectives that come naturally to mind when we think of the country’s most visible and effective under-40 defender of the truth about marriage. (And if I thought about it, I might drop the “under-40” qualifier.) Fearless, composed, tenacious, rational, persuasive . . .
RH Reality Check: During an interview with Fox News, Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the right-wing group Alliance Defending Freedom, who spoke during a hearing for the bill, called DMHC’s decision “nonsense.” He said requiring abortion coverage in insurance plans constituted a “bureaucratic sneak attack on religious liberty from California.”
Life News: In a recent article in Red State, Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom said, “I testified at an April 28 hearing in support of the bill along with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, one of the churches forced to cover abortions by this illegal mandate. I hoped to finally hear some explanation of how the California law did not violate the Weldon Amendment. Instead, the Democratic majority’s analysis of the bill didn’t even mention the federal law with which the bill was meant to bring California into compliance. A representative from Planned Parenthood of California and a constitutional law professor from Santa Clara University testified in opposition to AB1254, but neither offered any explanation as to how the California mandate they supported did not violate federal law.”
BR Now: The Daily Signal, a multimedia news platform founded by the Heritage Foundation, recently reported that Sen.James Lankford, R-Okla., raised a concern to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about the wording of a question on a test given to all immigrants who apply to become naturalized U.S. citizens.
Breakpoint: Chuck Colson always said we Christians must make our arguments winsomely. What happens if we get shouted down — again and again? We keep going. Winsomely.
Casey Mattox testifies before California State Assembly’s Committee on Health regarding Assembly Bill 1254
Heritage: Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and other pro-life organizations released a joint statement Monday as a District of Columbia law is set to go into effect that could force such groups to operate contrary to their missions and beliefs.
Christian News Network: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Casey Mattox testified in favor of the legislation before the Assembly’s Committee on Health on Tuesday.
Red State: Last week in Sacramento, California, legislators and abortion advocates finally explained how they square the state’s new abortion insurance mandate with a federal law prohibiting it. They believe they can count on the Obama administration not to enforce the law.
The Global Dispatch: “Churches and other religious employers should not be coerced by the government into violating their fundamental beliefs by being party to elective abortion,” said Mattox. “When Congress enacted the Weldon Amendment, it sought to ensure that the government could never strong-arm pro-life employers into paying for abortion coverage. California is blatantly ignoring federal law and pushing its abortion ideology on citizens while still receiving taxpayer money.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox will testify Tuesday before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Health regarding Assembly Bill 1254. The bill would reverse the California Department of Managed Health Care’s mandate that all employers, even churches, include elective abortion in their health insurance plans.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and others who support the people’s freedom to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws will be available for media interviews outside the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. ADF and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office submitted one of the more than 60 briefs filed in defense of the marriage laws challenged in Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases consolidated with it.
The Daily Signal: Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation, talks about why Americans should attend the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., tomorrow.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom is hosting a panel discussion Friday on the interests of children and the issue of same-sex marriage.
Daily Signal: Advocates of same-sex marriage have skillfully rallied around the rhetoric of liberty, claiming that laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman curtail the liberty of gays and lesbians. While that claim makes for nice slogans—like “freedom to marry”—it is not grounded in reality.
The Daily Signal: Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on same-sex marriage. In a panel this week at The Heritage Foundation, Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at Heritage, discussed why the states should be free to choose whether they recognize same-sex marriages.
Salon: If you truly support equality, you have to support the right of people whose ideas are different from yours to have those ideas and to express them.
CBN News: And the Alliance Defending Freedom points out that the American College of Pediatricians has filed a brief with other groups and scholars that argues “of the eight total large-scale studies that purport to evaluate the welfare of children raised by same-sex couples, the four most recent ‘find that children with same-sex parents suffer substantially reduced well-being.’”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and The Heritage Foundation are co-sponsoring a debate Thursday on whether the U.S. Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges and three other marriage cases consolidated with it.
The Week: To this list of offenses — normally reserved only for bigots and criminals — we can now apparently add opposing same-sex marriage.
The Federalist: Natural-marriage defender Ryan T. Anderson has been disowned by his high school and shunned on MSNBC. But he deserves a fair hearing.
The Washington Post: Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule.
The Daily Signal: The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson defended the Indiana religious liberty law on MSNBC last night.
Always care, never kill: How physician-assisted suicide endangers the weak, corrupts medicine, compromises the family, and violates human dignity and equality
The Heritage Foundation: Allowing physician-assisted suicide would be a grave mistake for four reasons. First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational commitments. And fourth, it would betray human dignity and equality before the law. Instead of helping people to kill themselves, we should offer them appropriate medical care and human presence. We should respond to suffering with true compassion and solidarity. Doctors should help their patients to die a dignified death of natural causes, not assist in killing. Physicians are always to care, never to kill.
Heritage: On March 6, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser transmitted to Congress two pieces of legislation that will seriously infringe on conscience rights and religious freedom in our nation’s capital. Congress now has 30 legislative days to pass a resolution of disapproval, which, if signed by the President, would effectively veto these bad laws and protect the rights of DC residents.
The Economist: When marriage is hitched to politics the result is usually muddled thinking. Social conservatives think that lax attitudes to sex, a decline in manliness, short skirts and a hundred other things have chipped away at a sacred institution. The Heritage Foundation, a think-tank with a “Marshall Plan for Marriage”, recently puffed a study suggesting that online pornography was the cause of the rot.
NYT same-sex marriage advocate claims ‘live and let live,’ but wants gov’t coercion, Ryan Anderson argues
The Christian Post: While Frank Bruni, a columnist for The New York Times, claims to be advocating a “live and let live” position on gay marriage versus religious freedom, he’s actually advocating government coercion, Ryan Anderson, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, argued Tuesday.
China’s one-child policy: Pro-choice and pro-life must work together to end forced abortion and gendercide
Public Discourse: Forced abortion and gendercide are not pro-life or pro-choice issues. They are human rights issues. Adapted from an address given at the Heritage Foundation on October 9th, 2014.
Deseret News: The propaganda wars that have ensued following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case show no signs of abating as supporters and critics of the decision lay out their interpretations of what it means.
The Federalist: Last night Dana Milbank published a piece covering another panel at Heritage. It’s headlined “Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel,” and it’s all about how a peaceful Muslim woman named Saba Ahmed was horribly victimized by bigoted anti-terrorism extremists. Dana Milbank serially exaggerates or distorts what he writes about.
Penn Live: Former Pennsylvania state legislator and head of a conservative pastors advocacy group, Sam Rohrer, will join former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum this week in Washington for a rally calling for the protection of traditional marriage.Other speakers include former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage; Jennifer Marshall, vice president for the Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity at the Heritage Foundation; and Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Daily Signal: On Thursday, on his FOX Business show, investigative reporter and libertarian commentator John Stossel engaged in a rapid-fire exchange over marriage policy with Heritage Foundation scholar Ryan Anderson.
Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage: “Jordan Lorence, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Huguenins, explains: ‘It is important to note that the Supreme Court did not “uphold” the repressive decision of the New Mexico Supreme Court but merely decided not to hear the case.’”
Joshua Bridges at the National Association of Scholars: “It is also noteworthy that major universities such as Stanford feel insulated from the greatest debate of our time, soon raging in every corner of America: the debate over marriage. Do universities really have no part to play in being a forum for this debate? It appears that the American colleges and universities would rather be instruments for political activism. This is a shame. Our final lesson is much more hopeful: we should remember that public pressure does have (at least some) influence over what happens at American universities. When Americans are educated on a matter, good things happen.”
Catholic San Francisco: “Among the speakers scheduled are California State University-Northridge assistant professor of English Robert Oscar Lopez, who wrote ‘The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman’; and the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, co-author of ‘“What is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense.’ Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with pro-marriage Alliance Defending Freedom, will be speaking at a Friday pre-conference reception.”
Ken McIntyre at Heritage: “Stanford University today appeared to soften its resistance to a pro-marriage event on campus, less than a day after drawing sharp criticism for siding with political correctness against intellectual freedom. . . . ‘Found more funds to subsidize the full cost of the security,’ Nanci Howe, associate dean of students, wrote in an e-mail this morning to the Stanford Anscombe Society.”
Heritage / The Foundry: “Hepler and his family want to continue providing health insurance for their employees without being forced to violate their consciences. With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, they’re challenging the government’s coercive mandate. And it’s not just champions of religious liberty who should be worried.”
Katrina Trinko at Heritage: “As a traditional marriage supporter, I’m no fan of Guinness’ call to withdraw from sponsoring the parade – particularly when the parade organizers decide to be neutral on the issue, rather than take a position one way or another. But I hope that those who do support same-sex marriage will have the same attitude of polite disagreement and civil tolerance going forward.”
Heritage: “Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost the Virginia governor’s race in November, joined two other legal experts at a Heritage event examining what they regard as a disturbing trend: the willingness of state attorneys general to heed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s advice – and example – by refusing for political reasons to enforce or defend laws with which they disagree. The Friday afternoon event, called ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ also featured Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, and Ed Whelan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.”
Mike Gonzalez at Heritage: “Search President Obama’s speech to minority youths last Thursday for the word ‘marriage,’ and you will find just one reference, and in a throwaway line at that. There are nine references to ‘men of color’ and three to the minimum wage, but none at all to out-of-wedlock birth rates. There are also zero appeals for more two-parent families, not even of the ‘LGBT’ variety, the only one liberals seem to champion these days.”
Ed Whelan at National Review: “Next Friday, March 14, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting an event titled ‘Dereliction of Duty: State Attorneys General Failing to Defend Marriage Laws in Court.’”
Heritage: “Cases have been popping up across the country where individuals have declined to bake cakes or take photos for same-sex wedding ceremonies—and government has punished them. This week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a bill that would have put religious liberty protections in place in her state. We sat down with Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society, to get some answers about this debate.”
Marriage and Religious Freedom Bill to fight “climate of intolerance, intimidation” | Christian Post
Christian Post: “Austin Nimocks, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, agreed. He explained that many recent legal cases ‘portray same-sex couples as victims and that just hasn’t been the case in the way all these things have happened.’ In cases where homosexuals sue companies for discrimination, they get the service originally denied them, and they force believers to undertake difficult legal battles.”
Ken McIntyre at Heritag / The Foundry: “Labrador also joined a panel discussion featuring Heritage policy analyst Sarah Torre, who has written extensively on the HHS mandate, and Austin Nimock, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents religious employers.”
Heritage Foundation (includes video): A Conspiracy Against Obamacare details how legal bloggers at the Volokh Conspiracy engaged in a spirited, erudite, and accessible discussion of the legal issues involved in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. This debate was one of the most important and public examinations of the Constitution in our history.
The Hill: Heritage Action announced Monday that it would include a vote on Yellen’s nomination, which is expected to take place in December, on its congressional scorecard. A vote in favor of Yellen will be rated negatively.
The Hill: Gay rights activists have enlisted the support of dozens of Fortune 500 companies in their push to move anti-discrimination legislation through Congress. [WATCH VIDEO] Big-name companies such as Dow Chemical Co., Marriott International and Procter & Gamble are backing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which is expected to pass the Senate this week with GOP support.
Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation: All citizens should oppose unjust discrimination, but the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 is not the way to achieve that goal. ENDA threatens fundamental First Amendment rights. It creates new, subjective protected classes that will expose employers to unimaginable liability.
Jim DeMint at the Wall Street Journal: Now that the government shutdown has ended and the president has preserved ObamaCare for the time being, it’s worth explaining why my organization, the Heritage Foundation, and other conservatives chose this moment to fight—and why we will continue to fight. The reason is simple: to protect the American people from the harmful effects of this law.
CNSNews: He also criticized the conservative Heritage Foundation, which lobbied extensively against Obamacare. Hatch said he thinks Heritage is “in danger of losing its clout and its power around Washington, D.C.”
Edwin Meese at the Christian Post: Organizations such as the Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel and Alliance Defending Freedom, among other groups, offer particularly helpful resources to equip pastors and others to address these issues. It is no exaggeration to say that Christian engagement in America’s political realm is essential if we are to restore the luster to this “shining city on a hill.”
The Hill: Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, an influential conservative thought leader, said Wednesday the GOP must sheds its reputation as the party of big business and embrace a more “libertarian, populist” identity.
Baptist Press: To address the challenges to religious rights and freedom of conscience, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is helping sponsor a panel discussion open to the public Oct. 10 in Washington. The Manhattan Declaration is co-sponsoring the event.
Sex, Redefinition of Marriage Among Ethical Hot Topics During Nationwide ‘Doing the Right Thing Week’ | Christian Post
Christian Post: . . . according to Ryan T. Anderson, who writes about marriage and religious liberty for the Heritage Foundation, and co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His co-guest speaker Kellie Fiedorek, litigation counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, also spoke about the implications of an unraveling marriage culture in the United States . . . According to Fiedorek, these cases have ramifications on traditional marriage, especially children, who are impacted by the dismantling of the institution. “Marriage not only has familial impact, but it also has societal impact,” she said, imploring the Rutgers students to be on the right side of history, so that one day a child won’t walk up to them and ask, “why did you choose that I shouldn’t have a mom; why did you choose that I should never get to know my dad.” [more]
Claremont Institute: In their effort to appeal the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, the state of Arizona has enlisted John Eastman and the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence to serve as lead counsel on the case. We are joined by Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery and his office, Edwin Meese III of the Heritage Foundation, Arizona Solicitor General Robert Ellman, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Americans United for Life. The petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review the case was filed on Friday, September 27, 2013. You can view the full petition here.
Speaking on “Sexuality & Marriage: What’s Ethics Got To Do with It?” as part of Doing the Right Thing Week: A University Exploration of Ethics, sponsored by RatioChristi.org and ColsonCenter.org. Free event. Media welcome.
Mlive.com: “That argument is that marriage causes the best outcomes for your children,” she said. “That if you get people who are poor to marry, it would solve a lot of problems. But things don’t work like that. People who have better economic prospects are more likely to get married. You couldn’t take two poor, unemployable people and marry them and lift them out of poverty.”
Heritage Foundation: We’ve talked a lot about Obamacare’s costs—how it will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and cost you and your family more when you pay for health care. But there’s an even more important cost: your health.
Heritage Foundation: The Framers of the Constitution designed a federal republic in which a central government with strictly limited powers was balanced by state governments with plenary powers. The past 100 years have seen an exponential growth in the size and power of the central government.
CNSNews: If defunding Obamacare isn’t worth fighting for, nothing is, says Jim DeMint, the former U.S. senator from South Carolina who now serves as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Heritage Foundation (video): Is it even possible to defund Obamacare? And does advocating this mean you want to shut down the government?
Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts: This was the 2nd Annual FAMiLY Leadership Summit hosted by The FAMiLY Leader, in partnership withActRight.com, Alliance Defending Freedom, CitizenLink, Citizens United, Heritage Action for America, and National Organization for Marriage. The FAMiLY Leader reported that 2000 tickets were scanned. Last year the Summit was held at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, IA that has a capacity of 900. Stephenson Auditorium has a capacity of 2700-2800. Greg Baker with The FAMiLY Leader told Caffeinated Thoughts that they hope to continue holding the Summit there in the near future since there is room to grow.
The Californian: The summit is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University in Ames. It’s sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, Heritage Action, ActRight, Alliance Defending Freedom, CitizenLink and Citizens United. Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats said the purpose is “to bring conservatives together early and consistently in the process leading up to the 2016 elections” and to “educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family.” Tickets are $61.40 via Ticketmaster.
Trump: The Unemployed ‘Get Better Benefits’ Than ‘The People That Are Working’ | The New Civil Rights Movement
The New Civil Rights Movement: In Iowa, Trump will also be joined by the radical religious right at a conference sponsored by NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, Focus on the Family, Citizens United, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation, and the Family Leader.
Ryan T. Anderson at Public Discourse: Some on the left are criticizing Senator Ted Cruz’s recent comments about how the drive to redefine marriage may threaten religious freedom — but a closer inspection of the issue reveals his worries were accurate, prescient, and maybe even too cautious.
Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation: Redefining marriage, as argued in this space yesterday, will undercut its public purpose and social function, causing great social harm. So, in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court rulings, where does the marriage movement go from here?
The Hill: Heritage Action on Tuesday goaded lawmakers to support House and Senate bills to defund the healthcare law, and urged them to link the measures to “must-pass” legislation, such as a bill to fund the government.
Wall Street Journal (via Google): For four decades, the Heritage Foundation was a stately think tank that sought to define conservative thinking for Republicans. Now, in one of the more significant transformations in the capital’s intellectual firmament, it has become an activist political operation trying to alter the course of conservative thinking. It now challenges establishment Republican leaders as much as it informs them, making waves in the process.
Heritage Foundation: “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 times more likely to end up in prison,” then-Senator Obama stated in Chicago just a few months before the 2008 presidential election.