Atheists’ Grinch game in Santa Monica | William Becker at the Washington Times

CA: Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

Testing: Lawyers have cornered the Justices on marriage | Tom Goldstein at SCOTUS Blog

“Judges at odds over new law that bans gay conversion therapy for teens”

Calif. Schools A War Zone For Christian, Parental Rights

San Francisco to 9th Circuit: We want to move quickly to issue same sex “marriage” licenses

Gays Against Nudity | William Saletan at Slate

San Francisco: “Same-sex case ruling favors gay employee”

Good News Clubs Challenge California’s Requirement That Schools Charge For Space Used For Religious Services

S.F. barely passes public-nudity ban

    San Francisco Chronicle: Protester Gypsy Taub speaks out against the Board of Supervisors decision to ban public nakedness while naked at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness, rejecting arguments that the measure would eat away at a reputation for tolerance enjoyed by a city known for flouting convention and flaunting its counter-culture image. The 6-5 Board of Supervisors vote means that exposed genitals will be prohibited in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.sfgate.com

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Judge denies bid for Nativity displays in Santa Monica

Liberty Counsel’s Court Filings Reveal Flaws in California’s Ban on Change Therapy

    Liberty Counsel: “This law places the state between the client and the counselor,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “This law intrudes on the fundamental right of self-determination to seek counseling that aligns with the client’s religious and moral values. This law forces counselors to overrule their clients who choose to prioritize their religious or moral values above unwanted same-sex sexual attractions,” said Staver.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.lc.org

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Judicial Usurpation: Then and Now | Robert George and David L. Tubbs at NRO

    Robert George and David L. Tubbs at NRO: For this reason and others, the Court should, absent a constitutional amendment defining marriage one way or the other, respect the constitutional allocation of powers and principles of American federalism and allow each state legislature to make policy in this area. The Court should be equally deferential to state referenda (such as Proposition 8 in California) and the 30 amendments to state constitutions that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. These initiatives are constitutionally legitimate and reasonable policy measures, launched largely because of the provocations of state-supreme-court judges who have redefined marriage for the people of several states. Whatever the liberal pundits have been saying since Election Day, the redefinition of marriage throughout the United States is not “inevitable.” And if the Supreme Court were to invalidate Proposition 8, it would be an act of judicial usurpation even more egregious than its abuse of power in Eisenstadt.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Marriage, Direct Democracy and the Supreme Court | Jurist

Public Nudity Ban Eyed In Fed-up San Francisco

Group Targets California’s Mt. Rubidoux Cross

San Francisco: Nudists sue to stop supervisors’ vote on nudity ban

ACLU Eagerly Takes Up Case of Sex Offenders in California | Alan Sears at American Thinker

A Little Girl Called ‘M.C.’: The Collateral Damage from Same-Sex Marriage | Jennifer Roback Morse at the Ruth Institute

    Jennifer Roback Morse at the Ruth Institute: The policy proposal known as “same-sex marriage” is actually a proposal to redefine marriage. Instead of being a gender-based institution oriented toward the procreation of children and the good of the spouses, what is called “same-sex marriage” makes marriage into a genderless institution, oriented toward the good of adults only. Any possible negative consequences for children, according to this way of thinking, are not worth considering. We, and the children themselves, must simply accept any negative outcomes as collateral damage on the road to the nirvana of “marriage equality.”


  • Posted: 11/14/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.ruthblog.org

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Calif. School District Allows Equal Access to Religious Views

Mojave Desert: Cross stands again

San Francisco to force taxpayers to pay for “transgender” surgeries

Why Hispanics Don’t Vote for Republicans | Heather Mac Donald at National Review

    Heather MacDonald at National Review: Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election. And California is the wave of the future. A March 2011 poll by Moore Information found that Republican economic policies were a stronger turn-off for Hispanic voters in California than Republican positions on illegal immigration. Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic voters were suspicious of the Republican party on class-warfare grounds . . .


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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ACLU convinces judge to halt part of Cal. human trafficking initiative

La County Voters Mandate Condom Use On Porn Sets

California Voters: Please Tax Us – Prop 30 $6B Tax Hike approved

California Democrats seize super majorities in both houses of Legislature

Stolen Mojave Desert cross turns up in N Calif

‘Ex-Gay’ Men Fight Back Against View That Homosexuality Can’t Be Changed | NY Times

    Erick Eckholm at the NY Times: Ex-gay men are often closeted, fearing ridicule from gay advocates who accuse them of self-deception and, at the same time, fearing rejection by their church communities as tainted oddities. Here in California, their sense of siege grew more intense in September when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law banning use of widely discredited sexual “conversion therapies” for minors — an assault on their own validity, some ex-gay men feel.


  • Posted: 11/01/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Thousands of Muslims gather in prayer at Angel Stadium

“Audit: Us Oversight Of Charter School Funds Lax” | AP

Agencies Work To Unite Foster, Biological Parents

Federal District Court Rejects ACLU’s Attempt To Exclude Veterans Association From The Landmark Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross Case

CA: Parents fear school yoga program teaching religion, consider legal action

Banning Reparative Therapies | Penna Dexter at Baptist Press

“Will The Supreme Court Legalize Same-Sex Marriage This Term?” | Wendy S. Goffe at Forbes

Romney White House Would Immediately Face Marriage Issue: Defend DOMA or Not

CBS Poll shows Romney rapidly narrowing the gap vs. Obama in California

The Becker Law Firm Sues To Restore Christmas To Santa Monica

School districts in California and Florida recognize LGBT Month

Cal. Gov. temp. waives environmental regs to ease gas prices

Calif. Gov. Vetoes Unconventional Multi-Parent Bill

“SF archbishop selection riles gay rights advocates”

Gas shortages start to plague California, prices at $4.32 moving toward $5

Liberty Counsel Files Suit Today Challenging California’s Ban on Change Therapy

Student Who Got ‘Gay Cure’ Sues California Over New Law

Cal. Street Preacher Succeeds In His Suit Against Noise Ordinance

California Governor Signs Law Excusing Objecting Clergy From Performing Same-Sex Weddings

“Gov. Jerry Brown OKs training in LGBT issues for foster parents”

Pacific Justice Institute files lawsuit challenging Cal. reparative law

University of CA Student Association condemns entire country of Israel of ‘racism’ in secretive vote

Liberty Counsel to File Suit Against California’s Ban on Change Therapy

“Schwarzenegger reveals he officiated two gay weddings while California governor”

“Calif. First To Ban Gay Teen ‘conversion’ Therapy” | AP

CA: Two District Court Nominees Confirmed as Stalemate Continues Over Others

California: No Doctor’s License Needed to Do Abortions Now

CA: Case Alleging Discrimination Against Straight Car Renters May Go Forward

    Volokh Conspiracy: So holds Evenchik v. Avis Rent a Car Systems, LLC (S.D. Cal. Sept. 17, 2012): According to the Complaint, Plaintiff rented a car from AVIS in July 2011, in the County of San Diego, California. She was charged $311.36. According to the Complaint, at that time AVIS gave large price discounts to members of two groups: the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Plaintiff is not a member of either group. The Complaint further alleges that AVIS did not give her the gay and lesbian group member price discount. Plaintiff alleges that California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act … prohibits a business from discriminating between its customers on the basis of sexual orientation….


  • Posted: 09/24/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Same-sex marriage symposium: Time for an answer – does the Constitution require same-sex marriage? | William Duncan of the Marriage Law Foundation

CA: View on same-sex marriage sinks Berkeley schools superintendent candidate

Same-sex marriage symposium: Same-sex marriage in the courts of law and reason | Nelson Lund, George Mason Law

Same-sex marriage symposium: Certiorari and Perry | Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern Law

“Same-sex marriage symposium: The overlooked benefit of leaving Perry in place” | Robin Fretwell Wilson, Washington & Law School of Law

    SCOTUS Blog: The following contribution to our same-sex marriage symposium comes from Robin Fretwell Wilson, Class of 1958 Law Alumni Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law and co-editor of Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts, and Anthony Michael Kreis, Washington and Lee Law graduate and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.. . . However, the denial of cert. would have the singular benefit, as the City of San Francisco suggests in its brief in opposition, of allowing the “significant constitutional questions” surrounding same-sex marriage to “percolate . . . [so that the] ‘perspective of time’ helps to shed more light on the weighty issues they present.” The need for percolation is particularly imperative because, as the city highlights, “this case raises issues that are currently the subject of intense legislative and popular debate.”


  • Posted: 09/19/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Proposition 8 and the fundamental right to self-government | Jeff Mateer of Liberty Institute

Prop. 8 Judge: ‘What Judges Do and Must Do Is … Move the Strike Zone’

Feds ID California man’s role in anti-Islam film

ACLU sues Cal. school for abstinence in sex ed on behalf of American Academy of Pediatrics

Congressional Candidate Backs Off Abortion Remark RE: Cancer Link

AZ bar reciprocity rules challenged in Federal Court

    VerdeNews.com: But attorneys from non-reciprocity states have to take the full-blown, two-day Bar examination. That requires not only extensive preparation — particularly for those who have been out of school for some time — but also waiting to find out if there was a passing score. The lawyers who are suing are from California and Montana, both non-reciprocity states. Also suing is the National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdictional Practice, based in California.


  • Posted: 09/10/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: verdenews.com

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Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable | Jennifer Roback Morse

Prop 8, DOMA cases have been distributed for September 24 conference at the Supreme Court

Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission urges SCOTUS to hear Prop 8 case

“Prop. 8″ case advances – SCOTUS conference scheduled for Sept. 24