“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.

  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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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

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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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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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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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