CA: Democrat Abortion Bill Expands Access

CA: Supervisors scratch prayer from the agenda

Prop. 8 backers argue for states’ rights | San Francisco Chronicle

BLAG marriage brief on merits filed

Prop. 8 plea: Stand-in for state OK (UPDATED)

Prop. 8 defenders: Uphold marriage, let public debate | Alliance Defending Freedom

Understanding standing: The Court’s Article III questions in the same-sex marriage cases (VII)

“Obama’s inaugural speech gives hope to gay marriage supporters” | LA Times

Understanding standing: The Court’s Article III questions in the same-sex marriage cases (VI)

Understanding standing: The Court’s Article III questions in the same-sex marriage cases (I) | SCOTUS Blog

Judge Weighs Blocking San Francisco’s Nudity Ban

Indiana AG plans US Supreme Court brief in support of state’s marriage amendment

California’s Demographic Dilemma: Where Are The Kids?

Calif. Porn Actress-turned Teacher Loses Appeal

Oregon, California: Insurance companies must pay for transgender person hormone therapy, breast reduction, cancer screening etc. . .

Stanford Law School Launches Nation’s Only Religious Liberty Clinic

“Charles Cooper: The Other Superlawyer in the Gay Marriage Case”

“Supreme Court Looks Ahead to Gay Marriage Cases; Churches Brace for Outcome” | Christian Post

Supreme Court Marriage Arguments: March 26-27

Rep. Frank hopeful Supreme Court will strike down Defense of Marriage Act narrowly

Filling the Northern District of California vacancies

The Supreme Court has Agreed to Hear Two Cases on Marriage. What Does This Mean for You and Your Church?

Liberty Counsel Files Brief at Appeals Court Against California’s Ban on Change Therapy

Senate Confirms Two More Federal Judges

“Landmark: Supreme Court to consider gay marriage” | Baptist Press

UC Berkeley group protests proposed ban of Salvation Army bins

UC Berkeley bans Salvation Army bell ringers

‘Bigger Than Life’ Christian Radio Personality Frank Pastore Dies

“Why It Might Be Hard to Completely Ban Gay Conversion Therapy” | Garrett Epps at the Atlantic

“Decision on gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban depends on other rulings”

Walmart worker says she was fired for praying with customer

School Yoga Tries To Avoid Religious Controversy

Let there be light: UC drops its new, much-reviled logo

Standing and Delivery: The Procedural Game in the Marriage Cases | Linda Greenhouse at NYT

Merry Atheistic Nothingness | Bradley Abramson at the Christian Post

Marriage and Self-Government | National Review Editors

Is It Too Soon For A Gay Marriage Court Battle? | NPR

Marriage Carries a Public Purpose | Jordan Lorence at USA Today

Berkeley Students Attempt to Ban Salvation Army Bell Ringers from Campus | Heather Hacker

“Married lesbian named Academic Dean at UC Hastings”

$822,000 Worker Shows California Leads U.S. Pay Giveaway

For Marriage Equality, the Work’s Not Just in Court | Evan Wolfson at the NY Times

“California gay couples hoped Supreme Court would avoid same-sex marriage case”

Court Rejects Quaker’s Challenge To Tax Procedures Invoked After Anti-War Withholding Of Amounts Due

“Why Obama must weigh in again on gay marriage” | Greg Sargent at the Washington Post

“Supreme Court: Both sides in gay marriage debate voice optimism” | Christian Science Monitor on Yahoo News

“Supreme Court Unlikely To Deliver Gay-Marriage Mandate” | Daniel Fisher at Forbes

Who owns marriage? | Scott Shackford at USA Today

Commentary on marriage grants: Article III & same-sex marriage | Neal Devins and Tara Grove at SCOTUS Blog

Commentary on marriage grants: Different ways of splitting the difference – the menu of options in Hollingsworth v. Perry | Kenji Yoshino at SCOTUS Blog

Commentary on marriage grants: Opportunity for the Court to right some wrongs | William Duncan at SCOTUS Blog

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Prop. 8, DOMA cases | Alliance Defending Freedom Statement by Jim Campbell

Berkeley students seek Christmas ban on Salvation Army bell ringers

Liberty Counsel Files Emergency Appeal to Block California’s Change Therapy Law

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.

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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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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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Marriage, Direct Democracy and the Supreme Court | Jurist

Public Nudity Ban Eyed In Fed-up San Francisco

    AP: City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places, a blanket ban that represents an escalation of a two-year tiff between a devoted group of men who strut their stuff through the city’s famously gay Castro District and the supervisor who represents the area.

  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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