Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Charisma News: Obamacare’s employer mandate has become the “bludgeon” with which the government feels empowered to cripple the consciences of religious employers. That’s the argument of a friend-of-the-court brief that Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, and several state family policy councils filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Thursday.
LifeNews: “Americans, including those who create and provide jobs, should be free to live according to their faith rather than be forced into surrendering their consciences,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “ObamaCare demands that Americans choose between two poison pills: either desert your faith to comply with the government, or resist and be punished. The Obama administration’s attacks on faith and employers prove that it doesn’t respect either one.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “Despite increased rates of illegitimacy, divorced and single parents, and the perception that marriage is ‘becoming obsolete,’ huge majorities of Americans continue to believe that family structures other than married parents increase the challenges children face while growing up, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center and TIME magazine.”
NC Family Policy Council: “After more than two hours of debate, and by a vote of 86–27, the North Carolina House gave final approval Wednesday night, July 7, to an enhanced ban on video gambling in the state. HB 80—Ban Electronic Sweepstakes now goes to Governor Perdue to be signed into law.”
Winston-Salem Journal: “A number of foundations and other nonprofit groups have filed statements of support for Forsyth County as it appeals a federal judge’s decision in May to ban prayers that mention Jesus or make other sectarian references at county meetings . . . The county is being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a group that supports public expressions of Christianity. Many of the groups filing friend-of-the-court briefs have similar goals.”
NC Family Council via Insider Online: “In an effort to highlight the important results of this ongoing research, Family North Carolina will feature a regular segment dedicated to the Mapping America Project (MAP) in every issue. In this issue, we focus on the latest MAP reports devoted to the positive effects on adults of growing up in an intact family that worshipped regularly, as well as the positive effects on adults of being married and attending religious services regularly. The following findings are excerpted from reports compiled by researchers at the Mapping America Project, except where otherwise noted.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “The leaders of the North Carolina House and Senate have consistently defended their inaction on the MPA by arguing that same-sex ‘marriage’ is simply not an issue for North Carolina . . . Meanwhile, the strong marriage laws of other states, such as Iowa, have proven to be no match for activist judges or politicians intent on overturning them . . . Efforts to get the marriage redefinition law on a referendum so that the people of D.C. could decide its fate—including a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Stand for Marriage D.C., and a last minute appeal for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene—were not successful before the law went into effect.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “Students in North Carolina are encouraged to join thousands of young people nationwide in countering the promotion of homosexuality in schools by participating in the sixth annual ‘Day of Truth’ sponsored by Exodus International. The ‘Day of Truth,’ which is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 this year, was established in 2005 by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) as a response to the pro-homosexual ‘Day of Silence,’ an annual event created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) that encourages students to remain silent throughout the school day to show support for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to decide this Monday, February 22 whether or not to appeal a federal district court ruling that declared the Board’s public prayer policy unconstitutional . . . The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)—the public interest law firm that is leading the county’s defense of the policy free-of-charge—is urging the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to appeal Judge Beaty’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “Wake County and the Town of Apex have removed coverage for elective abortions from their employee health insurance plans, after recognizing legal questions raised by a 1981 state Supreme Court ruling that a county ‘exceeded its statutorily conferred power in levying the tax involved in the funding of medically unnecessary abortions.’”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s proposed updated curriculum guidelines for Civics and Economics courses include an assertion that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in the United States, is comparable to court actions on segregation and ethnic discrimination in upholding individual liberties ‘against oppressive government.’”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “The City of Greensboro filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the club on January 21, after a long-term undercover police investigation revealed that the club played host to various criminal offenses involving prostitution, and violated a 2003 state law prohibiting the sale of alcohol at certain sexually-oriented businesses.”
NC Family Policy Council: Religious freedom is ‘a fundamental, inalienable right for all people, religious and nonreligious’ that is protected by the United States Constitution and other legal provisions, according to a joint statement issued last week by a diverse group of conservative and liberal experts from the nation’s religious and legal communities. Produced by Wake Forest University Divinity School’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs, the statement, entitled ‘Religious Expression in American Public Life: A Joint Statement of Current Law,’ was released on January 12 at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. It addresses the role of religion in the public square in a question and answer format, including religion and politics, religious expression in the workplace, and religious gatherings on government property . . . ”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “Facing more than 700 charges related to prostitution, drug violations, alcohol violations, and nudity, the owner of a strip club in Alamance County has reached a settlement with the county commissioners that requires him to ‘cease and desist’ current operations of the strip club, and prohibits future ownership, operation, or affiliation with a sexually oriented business (SOB) in the county.”
NC Family Policy Council: “The North Carolina Family Policy Council (NCFPC) joined several groups in filing a motion asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision to allow same-sex adoption in the state. ”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “Belmont Abbey College has retained The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to aid in its appeal of an U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling that the school’s health insurance policy constitutes gender discrimination.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “Last week, a new law went into effect that significantly weakens two different, centuries-old, North Carolina civil actions, or torts, that are designed to protect marriages from third party interference and/or adultery.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “A national education advocacy group is promoting a new model charter school law aimed at helping states create ‘more and better public charter schools based upon the lessons learned from experience, research and analysis.’ The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its proposal at the annual National Charter Schools Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C. from June 21-24.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “The North Carolina State Board of Education was briefed yesterday about the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) preparations for implementation of the state’s new sex education law. Governor Beverly Perdue signed the ‘Healthy Youth Act’ (HYA) into law in June 2009, and the new curriculum requirements for all public school students in grades 7–9 will go into effect beginning with the 2010-11 school year. The HYA amends the state’s nearly 15 year–old Abstinence-Until-Marriage law to include more information on contraception, and removes the previous requirement for a public hearing before school districts could implement a contraceptive-based approach.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “This week the State Board of Education will consider a $188,000 contract with Appalachian State University to promote contraceptive sex education and pro-homosexuality activities and training for North Carolina teachers and parents.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “1. Early sexual activity has a myriad of negative consequences for adolescents that go beyond sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and teen pregnancy, which condoms cannot protect against . . . 2. Postponing sexual activity—even for a few years—is associated with fewer lifetime sexual partners and healthier lifetime outcomes for men and women . . . 5. Since AUM education was implemented in the mid-1990s, teen sexual activity has declined sharply nationwide, along with significant declines in the teen pregnancy rate, the teen birth rate (until 2006), and the teen abortion rate. . . .”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “A new government study found that the Gardasil vaccine—which helps to protect against genital warts and certain cancers that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)—results in higher, but expected, instances of fainting and blood clotting than similar vaccines . . . The North Carolina General Assembly recently amended the state’s sex education curriculum for 7-9th graders to ‘include information about the effects of contracting the Human Papilloma Virus, including sterility and cervical cancer.’”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “After conceding that ‘same-sex adoption’ does not exist in North Carolina law, a three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals has affirmed that a woman is a legal parent of the biological child of her former partner. The case, Boseman v. Jarrell, involved a custody dispute between State Senator Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover) and Melissa Jarrell, over Jarrell’s six-year old son, who was conceived through artificial insemination in 2002 and later adopted by Boseman.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “The guidelines were sent to every school district, but they didn’t always make it into the hands of school administrators, teachers, parents, and students,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. “As a result, some schools have practices that are in direct violation of the guidelines and the U.S. Constitution. This campaign will help schools improve their practices.”
North Caroline Family Policy Council: “The proliferation of pornography in the United States is endangering children and families, and federal efforts to combat it need to be expanded, according to the hundreds of pro-family advocates who sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Erik Holder last week. The joint letter to the newly-appointed Attorney General, which was dated July 15, was signed by Alan Sears, CEO and General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund, and nearly 400 pro-family advocates, including North Carolina Family Policy Council president, Bill Brooks.”
Child Trends: “Compared with previous generations, fewer young adults today are married, and the age of first marriage has risen. At the same time, living together—or cohabitation—is more common. In fact, cohabiting unions have become the most prevalent type of relationship among men and women in their twenties. Such increases in cohabitation have changed the context of relationship and family formation for young adults. In the past, teen births have comprised the majority of nonmarital and unintended births in the United States. However, in the context of changing patterns of relationship formation, including continually rising rates of cohabitation, the majority of births to 20- to 24- year-olds currently occur outside of marriage.”
The North Carolina Family Policy Council reports on a John Locke Foundation survey of private schools: “A new policy report from the John Locke Foundation shows that while most private schools in the state support expanded school choice options for North Carolinians, such as voucher programs or tuition tax credits, most express concern about any programs that expand the state’s control over private schools.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “By a vote of 25–21, the North Carolina State Senate approved a bill Tuesday that will force the 104 of the state’s 115 school districts that currently teach Abstinence-Until-Marriage (AUM) sex education programs to change to a more contraception-focused Comprehensive Sex Education program (CSE). HB 88—Healthy Youth Act had been pulled on and off the Senate calendar for nearly two months while changes were made and votes were counted.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “A bill to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in a school bullying bill has passed the North Carolina House by a vote of 59 to 57 and will be on the calendar for a final vote on Tuesday, June 23. House Speaker Joe Hackney (D–Orange) took a personal interest in SB526–School Violence Prevention Act, sponsored by Sen. Julia Boseman (D–New Hanover), as he conferred with a legislative aid on the dais numerous times during the debate and prior to the vote on the bill. An earlier amendment by Rep. Jonathan Rhyne (R–Lincoln) to send the bill back to the House Education Committee failed by a vote of 57 to 59.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet (via the North Carolina Family Policy Council): “More than half (54%) of all cases of HIV infection or AIDS among young people aged 13–24 during 2003–2006 were from male-to-male sexual contact. Thirty-four percent were from heterosexual contact.”
NC Family Policy Council: “The North Carolina Senate gave final approval Wednesday afternoon to a bill that would grant special legal protections based on ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ for the first time in North Carolina history. SB 526—School Violence Prevention Act, passed by a vote of 26–22 after no senators stood to debate the bill during Wednesday’s third reading.”
“The big news last week was a continued lack of movement on the Marriage Amendment in either chamber and final passage in the House of HB 88-Healthy Youth Act, which would overturn North Carolina’s abstinence law. As amended in committees and on the floor, the bill would mandate the teaching of Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) in all 115 school districts in the state.”
North Carolina Family Policy Council: “On April 7th, the North Carolina House Judiciary 3 Committee began considering a bill to establish a study on the expansion of grandparent visitation rights that could violate the fundamental right of parents to raise their children as they see fit.”
WRAL.com reports: “A poll commissioned by the North Carolina Family Policy Council found that almost three-quarters of registered voters would likely support an amendment to the state constitution prohibiting gay marriage.” The study is available here.
“Sixty-two of the 120 members of the North Carolina State House of Representatives have signed onto a bill that would require all school boards to have stated policies ‘prohibiting bullying or harassing’ any student for any reason by December 31, 2009 . . . This bill is in contrast to the pro-homosexual HB 548 — School Violence Prevention Act, which also mandates a statewide anti-bullying policy, but requires the inclusion of language to highlight specific characteristics of bully victims including their ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity or expression.’”
The North Carolina Family Policy Council:
of 600 registered voters, 76 percent said they supported a “constitutional amendment in North Carolina defining marriage as between one man and one woman,” while 21 percent said they opposed the amendment . . .
The NC Family Policy Council reports: “Today, legislators, in conjunction with the NC4Marriage Coalition, introduced the House and Senate versions of bills that would allow North Carolina citizens to vote on a Marriage Protection Amendment to include the definition of …
The NC Family Policy Council reports: The “Why Not NC? Rally” held Tuesday in front of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh brought attention to the fact that North Carolina is the only southern state that refuses to allow …
The NC Family Policy Council: While students across the country celebrate the 200th birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin today, many high school and college students are also celebrating “Academic Freedom Day.” The celebration is an attempt to bring …
Proposed budget cuts submitted to Governor Bev Perdue by agency officials include a complete elimination of the State Abortion Fund. As North Carolina lawmakers face a potential budget shortfall of $2 billion, the Governor directed agencies to find ways to cut seven percent of their budgets. The Division of Social Services proposed nearly $17 million in cuts, including the entire $50,000 State Abortion Fund.
The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners approved a plan last week to study whether to offer domestic partnership benefits to the same-sex and opposite-sex partners of county employees. According to the Charlotte Observer, the Commission discussed the issue at a two-day planning retreat where it voted 6 to 3 to allow county staff to begin studying the issue including how much it would cost and any potential legal problems. The proposal was introduced by Commission chair, Jennifer Roberts, who argued that offering benefits to domestic partners is a matter of fairness. Some members of the commission expressed opposition to the proposal, including Commissioner Bill James, who raised questions about the legality of offering domestic partnership benefits in North Carolina.
The NC Family Policy Council reports: “Last week, the Board of Directors and the Council on Christian Life and Public Affairs (CCLPA) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina voted unanimously to join NC4Marriage, a coalition of pastors, churches, …
The North Carolina Family Policy Council: “On Tuesday, October 28, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes North Carolina, held an 80–minute hearing on the constitutionality of Virginia’s partial birth abortion ban. The Partial Birth Infanticide Act …
The North Carolina Family Policy Council reports: This week, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is sponsoring “Ally Week” in K-12 schools across the nation in an effort to build support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) …
The NC Family Policy Council reports: “Adolescents who live in an intact married family are less likely to be suspended or expelled from school than adolescents from non-intact families, according to a recent report from the Mapping America Project of …
The North Carolina Family Policy Council has this post discussing the constitutionality of “See You at the Pole” activities. It links to ADF resources.
The North Carolina Family Policy Council reports: “During Tuesday’s budget debate, the N.C House Finance Committee eliminated a proposal in the chamber’s state spending plan that would have increased the marriage license fee in order to provide additional funding for …
The North Carolina Family Policy Council reports: A bill that would appropriate $16 million of state taxpayer dollars for stem cell research in North Carolina was introduced in the State Senate this week. The bill, SB 1965—Funds/Stem Cell Research, sponsored …
The North Carolina Family Policy Council reports: The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would authorize the state to issue a special license tag bearing the pro-life message, “Choose Life.” The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mitch …
One of the first bills filed during the 2008 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly calls for an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman at one time.”
The North Carolina Family Policy Council reports: According to the study, divorce and unwed childbearing cost North Carolinians an estimated $1.3 billion a year, with family fragmentation accounting for 11 percent of the state and local tax burden. “These costs …