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Ken Klukowski at the Washington Examiner: James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and the rest of the framers of the Constitution would be astounded to hear a federal judge order a valedictorian’s prayer is not protected by the First Amendment, but marketing sickening video games to children is protected by the First Amendment.
Christian Post: Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday criticized a federal judge’s decision to ban prayer from a high school graduation ceremony, calling the ruling “reprehensible.”
San Antonio Express-News: s a federal appeals court weighs whether a judge was correct to keep public prayers out of the Medina Valley High School graduation ceremony, the furor over the issue is attracting more activists and political players who don’t like the decision.
LifeSiteNews.com: Public interest groups, Alliance Defense Fund, The Justice Foundation, and Liberty Institute, had persuaded university officials to relent . . . “Christian organizations shouldn’t be discriminated against for their beliefs and denied equal access to public university services that are available to everyone else,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. Baylor said that while UTSA officials did “the right thing,” he added that “the larger battle isn’t over.” “More and more universities are excluding Christian organizations from their campuses and are thereby communicating the message that groups are free to use their facilities and services only if they don’t practice their religion,” he continued.
. . . a Texas federal district court issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs from regulating the content of the invocation and benediction that are to be delivered at a Memorial Day ceremony in Houston’s National Cemetery.
Christian Institute: In March this year it was revealed that a schoolchild in America was banned from handing out invitations to classmates for a Christmas party held in a church . . . The case was taken up by religious liberty group, Alliance Defense Fund.
One News Now: The Texas Supreme Court is being asked to intervene in two homosexual “divorce” cases. According to Liberty Institute attorney Jeff Mateer . . .
Court hears candy cane case: Will the 5th Circuit rule elementary students have not First Amendment rights?
Sacramento Bee: “The school officials are asking the court to change the law to actually allow religious discrimination for the first time in American law; the judges were very attentive and active today, and we are hopeful they will reject this radical request from the school officials,” said Kelly Shackelford, Esq., president/CEO for Liberty Institute, which represents several students and their parents in the case.
One News Now: The head of Liberty Institute says the infamous “candy cane” case — to be heard on Monday — could result in “a massive shift of power away from citizens and families to the government.”
Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute. “The debate over same-sex marriage and divorce should play out in our democratic institutions and should not be short-circuited by activist judges.”
One News Now: In a Texas case filed against the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the high court ruled that jail inmates who successfully file a religious discrimination claim under the law cannot collect damages. But Liberty Institute Chief Counsel Kelly Shackelford believes that violates Congress’ intent.
Washington Examiner: Evidently terrified at the thought of people praying for divine blessing and peace, the militant atheist organization Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit. Last April, a Wisconsin federal district judge struck down the National Day of Prayer as unconstitutional, holding it an endorsement of religion in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. April 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago dismissed the lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction.
One News Now: Texas citizen has won a lawsuit against the Ft. Worth suburb that jailed him for displaying a political sign. Chris Howe was defended by the Liberty Institute as he faced criminal charges in Watauga. Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel and founder of the legal group . . .
American Statesman: “Homosexual conduct” is still on the books as a crime in Texas eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional. But legislation to bring Texas law into line with the U.S. Constitution faces a rough ride through the Legislature . . .
Religion Clause: “The complex procedural history of the Establishment Clause challenge to the Sunrise Rock Cross in the Mojave Preserve veterans’ memorial has just become more complicated. Liberty Institute announcedyesterday that it has filed a new lawsuit on behalf of the VFW seeking to enforce the statute passed by Congress in 2003 (Defense Appropriations Act 2004, Sec. 8121) directing the Secretary of Interior to transfer title to the property to the VFW.”
Veterans Sue Obama Administration Over 76 Year Old War Memorial: VFW Wants Obama to Restore Mojave Desert Cross
“Liberty Institute just filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration because it refuses to transfer ownership of the land on which stood the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial to the VFW, as directed by a 2003 Act of Congress.”
Gettysburg Times: “Four days after a Texas-based legal firm launched a campaign to save a Civil War chapel in Gettysburg, the nine-member Borough Council voiced displeasure Monday night with misinformation in the national media . . . ‘It’s not an issue with God. It’s an issue with the Uniform Construction Code,’ said Council President John Butterfield.”
OneNewsNow: “Liberty Institute and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, are at odds over a reconstructed Civil War-era chapel. The replica was constructed in 2006 by John Wega, who refounded the United States Christian Commission (USCC) . . . But Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute, says the USCC recently received a letter from the borough demanding that the building be torn down. However, no reason was given.”
Dallas Morning News: “Advantage’s state-funded campuses showcase the latest breed of charter schools, born from faith-based principles and taxpayer funds. More than 20 percent of Texas’ charter schools have some kind of religious ties. That’s the case for six of the seven approved this year, including ones in Frisco and Arlington.”
Iowa Independent: “Five out-of-state organizations spent $948,355 . . . Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund and one of its affiliates, the Texas-based Liberty Institute, offered free legal representation to any church who openly violated federal tax law by advocating for the removal of the judges from the pulpit. Federal tax law forbids 501(c)3 organizations, including churches, from intervening in elections in support of or opposition to any candidate.”
WorldNetDaily: “The situation in Houston erupted after workers with a volunteer organization called True the Vote investigated the work of a Houston Votes group and found that of the 25,000 voter registrations submitted, only 7,193 apparently were actually valid.” James Bopp, Jr. of the James Madison Center for Free Speech and Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute are quoted.
Education Week: “[A]t least one conservative constituency largely is still waiting for its day in the high court. Over the past two years alone, self-described religious-liberty groups on the right have asked the justices to hear appeals in some half-dozen cases involving religious expression in the public schools. In each case, the Supreme Court has refused . . . Half a dozen or so conservative legal organizations, as part of their advocacy work, regularly take up the cause of student religious expression—and, in some cases, nonreligious expression as well. In addition to Liberty Counsel, others include the Alliance Defense Fund, in Scottsdale, Ariz.; the American Center for Law and Justice, in Washington; the Liberty Institute, in Plano, Texas, which is not affiliated with Liberty Counsel; the Rutherford Institute, in Charlottesville, Va.; the Southeastern Legal Foundation, in Marietta, Ga.; and the Thomas More Law Center, in Ann Arbor, Mich.”
City Watch: “The theft, a federal crime under the Veterans Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003, remains unsolved. The Mojave National Reserve has prohibited the replacement of a memorial on the VFW’s land, citing a court order . . . On October 5, FamilySecurityMatters.org sent a second letter . . . asking the White House to allow the VFW to replace their memorial . . . ‘If we are not allowed to replace memorial crosses that are stolen or destroyed, then your administration will rightly be seen as openly encouraging attacks on religious symbols.’”
Andy Kopsa writing in The Iowa Independent: “The campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices over a 2009 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has attracted the attention of some of the most influential conservative organizations in America . . . The Liberty Institute, the Texas organization offering to defend pastors who run afoul of the IRS by encouraging congregations to vote against the judges, is an affiliate organization of the Alliance Defense Fund.”
Iowa State Daily: “Gordon’s church also participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday in September, a national effort organized by the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative group, aimed at convincing pastors to endorse political candidates from the pulpit in violation of the current tax code.”
USA Today: “Gordon said he has recruited leaders at more than 100 churches . . . The Liberty Institute, a socially conservative nonprofit group in Texas, has promised free legal protection to any church that joins the campaign. Gordon’s plan is one of several efforts by conservative churches to challenge the IRS on a law they view as unconstitutional. The Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona organization that promotes conservative biblical values, has sponsored a "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" in recent years, a day when pastors speak specifically about candidates for office.”
KVUE: “The State Board of Education is taking a close look at textbooks on Friday and will consider a resolution that says some textbooks favor Islam over Christianity . . . The Plano-based Liberty Institute supports the resolution. ‘I would think every Texan would be against government discrimination against any religion,’ said institute president Kelly Shackelford.”
Fresno Bee (AP): “A nonprofit group filed a motion Tuesday in a federal court on behalf of the California department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a VFW post in Barstow. The motion will be heard next month.”
Everyday Christian: “According to Liberty Institute, San Antonio Police arrested Todd Leibovitz, a recent Bible college graduate, for sharing his faith on a public sidewalk. Leibovitz was jailed for 16 hours and cited for peddling without a license.”
“The 5th Texas Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Dallas judge didn’t have jurisdiction to grant a divorce to two Dallas men who wed in Massachusetts. The court also says Texas’ same-sex marriage ban is constitutional.”
Liberty Counsel: “Tomorrow Liberty Counsel will meet the Collier County, Florida, School Board in the Fort Myers federal courthouse. This lawsuit challenges the board’s recent ban on Bibles during Religious Freedom Day on school campuses in Collier County, Florida.”
The Washington Post: “The cross, a version of which has sat atop Sunrise Rock since World War I veterans erected it more than 75 years ago as a memorial, disappeared May 9. Nothing but bolts remained where the 6 1/2 -foot cross, made of welded white pipes, once stood . . . All of this raises the legal question: If there’s no cross, is there still a case? . . . “You would hope some vandal could not come in and alter the direction of a case that raises important constitutional issues,” said Hiram Sasser, a lawyer at Liberty Institute.”
Kelly Shackelford writing at Constituting America: “Today, very little debate exists over the Twenty-second Amendment and executive term limits, though various members of Congress occasionally propose legislation to repeal the Amendment. Even now, two hundred years after President Washington stepped down after his second term, Americans generally accept the two-term limit as an adequate amount of time for a President to serve.”
OneNewsNow: “Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. has thrown out a lawsuit against Houston over city council prayer. Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute, represented Houston in the lawsuit filed by Kay Staley and Ray Hill, two non-believers.”
Religion Clause: “In Pounds v. Katy Independent School District, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77175 (SD TX, July 30, 2010), a Texas federal district court granted a motion to reconsider its earlier decision involving a First Amendment challenge to a holiday card fundraising project at a Texas elementary school . . . In sending home the order form supplied by an outside company, the school blacked out one message choice– a religious quotations from the New Testament. The court held that the school’s admitted viewpoint discrimination violated parents’ First Amendment free speech rights and was not justified by an attempt to avoid an Establishment Clause violation.”
Plano’s Liberty Institute expands reach from candy cane pens to Palin, prayer, cross on federal land
The Dallas Morning News: “In recent years, Liberty has moved to extend its reach and has tapped into the growing field of Christian legal advocacy. It has become involved in national conservative causes from a Mojave Desert cross to the National Day of Prayer. Along the way, the nonprofit’s annual budget has quadrupled to more $2 million. It has merged with its parent policy organization endorsed by evangelist James Dobson, opened an Austin office and relocated its headquarters to a building for Christian ministries.”
PR Newswire: “Today Family Research Council and The Liberty Institute announced the filing of a motion for argument in a recent National Day of Prayer (NDP) case citing the Obama Administration’s weak defense of the NDP as the cause. Last April, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. The district court’s decision is now being reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.”
“‘Religious liberties are under attack across the country,’ Kellum says. ‘My sense is that there’s some type of knee-jerk reaction, almost an allergic reaction, if someone sees the expression of religion,’ he says.”
OneNewsNow: “Two employees of the University of Texas at Arlington who prayed over a co-worker’s cubicle — and were subsequently fired — will have their day in court. Attorney Jeff Mateer of Liberty Institute tells OneNewsNow that after work hours, the plaintiffs prayed over the cubicle of an employee with whom they had had trouble. After losing their jobs, the workers brought suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the first phase of the case has ended in their favor.”
Liberty Institute Files Brief Supporting National Day of Prayer, Alliance of Top State and National Policy Leaders Demands Reversal of Revisionist Opinion
CentreDaily.com: Today, Liberty Institute filed an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the National Day of Prayer in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama. Among those Liberty Institute represents in the brief include Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council (FRC), Focus on the Family Action (Citizenlink), the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), Let Freedom Ring, and Liberty Counsel, along with 28 family policy councils located in states nationwide . . . View the brief online at http://tinyurl.com/2837gj5.
Centre Daily Times: “Today, Liberty Institute filed an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the National Day of Prayer in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama. Among those Liberty Institute represents in the brief include Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council (FRC), Focus on the Family Action (Citizenlink), the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), Let Freedom Ring, and Liberty Counsel, along with 28 family policy councils located in states nationwide.” | Liberty Institute Press Release (Google Viewer) | Brief (Google Viewer)
Religion Clause: “On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Morgan v. Plano Independent School District, (Docket No. 09-1131). (Order List.) In the case, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found that rules adopted in 2005 by a Texas school district restricting the times and places at which students can distribute written materials are constitutional, at least on their face. At issue were students who wished to distribute religious-themed candy canes and tickets to church musical and drama programs.”
Dallas Morning News: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal from Plano parents who sought to reverse a decision in a years-long lawsuit sparked by candy cane pens in the Plano school district. Some Plano ISD parents wanted the justices to overturn a lower court’s decision in December that upheld the school district’s policy regulating when students can pass out religious materials, such as the candy cane pens. The court, without comment, declined to hear their appeal. Kelly Shackelford, president of the Plano-based Liberty Institute, which represented the parents, said he was disappointed by the court’s decision not to hear the case.”
PR-USA.net: “Today, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) voted 9-5 to complete its review and updating of social studies educational standards for the state, as scheduled for K-12 courses, except for the Economics standards, which passed by a unanimous vote, 14-0 (one abstention). Additionally, the SBOE, in a bipartisan vote, passed an amendment to the social studies educational standards comparing and contrasting the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ with the Founding Fathers’ reasons to protect religious freedom . . .” (Liberty Legal institute attorneys quoted)
PR-USA.net: “The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Liberty Institute just sent a letter to President Obama asking him to help put the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial back in its rightful place following its vandalism and theft on May 9. Additionally, Americans nationwide are signing on to the letter in support of the veterans groups at www.PutTheCrossBack.com.”
WorldNetDaily: “Military heroes from across the nation sent a letter today to President Obama asking for help to restore a veterans’ memorial cross that stood in the Mojave Desert for generations but was knocked down by vandals after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the symbol . . . According to the Alliance Defense Fund, an organization that has worked on the issue, the focal point of the case was whether someone who has suffered no harm but only claims being ‘offended’ can sue to destroy religious references on public monuments and memorials.
One News Now: “As to the Democrats’ criticism of the new standards, Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs for Liberty Institute, remarks that ‘it takes a true liberal extremist to oppose students reading the Constitution.’”
Texas Education Board Takes Up History/Social Studies: Experts and Educators Stand For Final Vote on Standards This Week
PR Newswire: “After almost 18 months of review, educators, experts, parents and members of the business community are sending a message: we don’t want the American Atheists and the ACLU in charge of writing our history standards and we don’t want a delay of the final vote,” said Jonathan Saenz, Esq., director of legislative affairs for Liberty Institute. ‘Liberal fringe efforts to complicate, obfuscate, and denigrate our heritage and history must be rejected. A vote delayed is a vote denied.’”
FoxNews: “And, in an ironic development, the theft of the cross could provide an avenue for its unchallenged return, according to a lawyer involved in a contentious legal debate about whether it violates the separation of church and state . . . ‘There’s an interesting possibility,’ said Hiram Sasser, the director of litigation at the Liberty Legal Institute, which is representing the VFW in the case.”
PR-USA.net: “Today, Liberty Institute announced the launch of StopRewritingHistory.com, a site that offers concerned citizens the chance to sign a petition of support for the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), encouraging the elected body to keep the social studies standards, to stand strong against liberal attempts to distort the truth, and to not to delay the vote scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2010.”
Washington Times: “Two weeks after the Supreme Court said it could stay, the Mojave Cross war memorial has been ripped out of and stolen from its rocky embankment in the California desert . . . ‘What our opponents can’t accomplish through the courts, they’ll accomplish through criminal vandalism,’ said [Joe Infranco], senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, which filed a brief on behalf of the memorial. ‘These are intolerant cowards.’”
The Alliance Defense Fund–jointly involved in a project with the American Legion and the American Legion Department of California to defend veterans’ memorials across the country–is strongly condemning the theft of the Mojave Cross veterans’ memorial from the California desert.
Jonanathan Saenz of the Liberty Legal Institute writes at the Star-Telegram: “The debate over Texas social studies is out of control again . . . Why? It’s all about politics. The board is made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats who are elected by Texas voters. That is a problem for liberals who see the public school system as the best way to radically change the course of our nation by changing the worldview of the next generation and distorting our history. Finally, after four public hearings and more than 14 months of review and discussion, they have confessed their true motivation: to control what our kids are taught in school by keeping some teachers, parents and the democratic process out . . . ”
OneNewsNow: “Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorney [Joe Infranco] tells OneNewsNow the initial lawsuit was filed by one of the usual groups. ‘Essentially what you have here is a case brought by the ACLU — America’s number-one religious censor — that was based upon the wounded sensibilities of a lone atheist who was “offended” by the fact that there was a cross on this property,’ Infranco illustrates.” | ADF News Release
Liberty Institute Argues Dallas’ ‘Same-Sex Divorce’ Case: Says Granting ‘Same-Sex Divorce’ Violates Texas’ Constitution and DOMA
PR Newswire: “Today, Liberty Institute, representing State Rep. Warren Chisum and former State Sen. Todd Staples, argued alongside the Texas Attorney General’s office in Dallas’ ‘same sex divorce’ case before the Dallas Court of Appeals. Liberty Institute challenged the legality of District Judge Tena Callahan’s decision to grant a divorce to a homosexual couple, citing that such action is unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution, which does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions.”
The AP reports on Same Sex “Divorce” litigation pending in the state of Texas. Excerpt: “Abbott disagrees with the judge in that case, who ruled in October that the same-sex marriage ban violates equal rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for the conservative Liberty Institute in Plano, called that decision ‘outrageous judicial activism’. . . ‘It’s a backdoor run at establishing same-sex so-called marriage against the people’s vote,” Shackelford said. ‘Once you grant the divorce, you are recognizing that there was a marriage.’”
Dallas Morning News: Plano’s long-running ‘religious candy cane case’ resurfaced today, when a federal appellate court heard arguments surrounding the responsibility of two school principals named as defendants in a religious-freedom suit . . . ‘We are very encouraged,’ Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Institute, said as everyone filtered out of the small, carpeted courtroom. ‘We finally got a day in court to get to the real issues – that elementary school kids do have First Amendment rights.”
Liberty Legal Institute: “A Romanian Orthodox church is wrongfully being taxed by Dallas County, which may cause the church to fold forever, just in time for Easter! Outrageously, the Dallas County Appraisal District denied the congregation a tax-exempt status and has assessed a tax of 30 percent of the church’s annual budget — a church whose members are immigrants and refugees who came to the United States in search of freedom . . . ”
One News Now: “Their message was, ‘Keep the concepts of American exceptionalism and preserve the Judeo-Christian values that have had an impact on our law and government. Do not take that kind of information out; don’t take out some of our notable leaders,’ Saenz reports. ‘And a lot of those corrections and changes have been made – a lot of good progress. There’s still some work to be done, and so it’s been very encouraging thus far.’”
Liberty Institute: “Free Market Foundation and Liberty Legal Institute are proud to announce the new face of freedom, Liberty Institute. Effective immediately, the two organizations are joining forces and combining resources to better protect freedoms and strengthen families.”
The Quincy Cove: “The question now before the Supreme Court [in Perdue] is whether a reasonable attorney’s fee award under a federal fee-shifting statute ever be enhanced based solely on quality of performance and results obtained when these factors already are included in the lodestar calculation? . . . the Alliance Defense Fund, one of the seven groups that signed the Liberty Brief, said that its attorneys ‘function as private attorneys general, representing clients to vindicate their constitutional rights’ . . . But there’s an even better remedy: Limit the fees that all attorneys can collect in these cases. This sounds counterintuitive to free-market supporters, but let’s remember, attorneys are agents of the state. Restricting even a ‘private’ attorney’s compensation is no different than fixing the salary of any other government bureaucrat.”
ADF attorney Joseph Martins writes at the Center for Academic Freedom Blog: “In 2009, [Joe Mitchell] designed and crafted a few crosses but the College refused to fire the works claiming that the crosses ‘demean[ed]‘ the goals of the class and were as offensive as a ‘swastika.’ Liberty Legal Institute intervened and informed the College that its action violated Mr. Mitchell’s freedom of religion and that he would sue, if necessary, to protect that freedom. Eastfield responded by issuing a letter stating that it had dropped the ban on crosses.”
Conservative Groups to Rally for Inclusion of American Exceptionalism in State History Curriculum Standards
Texas Insider: “Americans for Prosperity-Texas will be participating in a rally this Wednesday to encourage State Board of Education members to toughen history curriculum standards and put a renewed emphasis on American Exceptionalism.”
FoxNews: “This is the first time the State Board of Education is going to get to vote on this, so you can’t take anything for granted,” said Jonathan Saenz, a lobbyist for the conservative Free Market Foundation. “I think it would be a tragedy if students talk about Martin Luther King Jr., while not being able to talk about the fact that he had a strong Christian faith. I’m hoping that’s not the direction we’re headed.”
NewsOK.com: ”A Capitol preservation group has decided to place a Ten Commandments monument on the north side of the state Capitol after a law was passed last legislative session allowing the Judeo-Christian monument to be installed on the grounds . . . ”
Just in Time for Christmas: Community College Squelches Religious Expression; Liberty Legal Institute Sends Demand Letter
PRNEWSWIRE: “Just in time for Christmas, Liberty Legal Institute sent a demand letter today on behalf of Joe Mitchell, a retired Dallas resident and student, to Eastfield College in the Dallas County Community College District revealing their unconstitutional attack on religious expression in the classroom . . . Click here to view the demand letter.”
ADF attorney Joe Infranco appeared on Point of View Radio with Kerby Anderson to discuss recent oral arguments at the 9th Circuit in the Mt. Soledad Cross case.
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Star-Telegram: “Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed to ban gay marriages erroneously endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state . . . ‘It’s a silly argument,’ said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Legal Institute in Plano.”
Free Market Foundation Legislative Update: “We testified last week against Travis County’s efforts last week to use $450,000 of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. Their response by the Travis County Health District after ours and the testimony of many others, was to run and hide . . . ”
Free Market Foundation, Texas Legislative Blog: “As many of you know, there are 11 Texas Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. Early voting continues until October 30th with the general election day on Nov. 3rd. Click here for a link to our Voter Guide. http://www.freemarket.org/Img/2009%20Constitutional%20Amendments”
CitizenLink: “‘The tide of public opinion in favor of religion is receding,’ he said, ‘and this probably portends public pressures for laws that will impinge on religious freedom.’ Groups like the Alliance Defense Fund and Liberty Legal Institute see a similar trend involving all faiths that hold a conservative view of marriage.”