Schwarzenegger keen on China high-speed rail

Court installs “if you want” into state constitution

Suit threatens Planned Parenthood funds

Video game industry gears up for battle against Calif. law

Schwarzenegger ignores state responsibility to defend Prop 8

California charter schools grow in popularity

Schwarzenegger continues to reject Prop 8 appeal

New college teaches young American Muslims

    NPR: “Catholics have Notre Dame, Jews have Yeshiva University and Evangelicals have Wheaton College — but until now, Muslim Americans didn’t have their own liberal arts college. And then there’s the appeal of the two founders, Imam Shakir and Sheik Hamza Yusuf, who are celebrities by preaching an Islam that resonates with young Americans . . . [Co-founder Sheik Hamza Yusuf] says Zaytuna has a deeper motive than just making the students feel at home. He wants to tease apart the religion of Islam from the customs and ideas of the Middle East. He’s learned this from personal experience. He says that during his 10 years studying abroad, he imbibed ideas that had nothing to do with Islam, such as anger at U.S. foreign policy.”


  • Posted: 09/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.npr.org

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CA legislation mandates forced school immunizations without parental notification

CA: Authorities investigate acts of vandalism at mosque as potential “hate crime”

Video: Greg Baylor on American Political Science Association panel to discuss CLS v. Martinez

Understanding “Standing” in the Proposition 8 California Same-Sex Marriage Appeal: Part One in a Series

    Vikram David Amar and Alan Brownstein write at Findlaw: “In the space below, we begin to analyze some of the arguments supporting the idea that Proposition 8 sponsors should be recognized as having standing in federal court. In Part Two of this series, we will develop other arguments — beyond even those yet identified by the parties — that may call into question such standing. And in a later column, we will discuss the attempts by Imperial County (a California county whose electorate voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8) to intervene in the federal lawsuit (that is, to become a party when no one has named the county as a defendant) in order to defend the gay-marriage ban.”


  • Posted: 09/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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CA State Capitol: “Thousands rally against gay marriage, abortion”

“Oakland Pride celebrates LGBT community for first time in six years”

Imperial County fights for spot in Prop 8 debate

Ex-Planned Parenthood abortion business in California faces criminal IRS audit

CA university upholds suspension of Muslim group

Abercrombie & Fitch sued over Muslim scarf

Conservative group throws Hail Mary pass on Prop 8

    Law.com: “A new legal effort to force California’s governor and attorney general to defend Proposition 8 in court may have some political potency, but is unlikely to win in court, legal observers say . . . There’s a high standard to win a writ of mandamus. And in this case, the Pacific Justice Institute, which filed the petition, is up against issues of executive branch discretion, the separation of powers doctrine and an ambiguous state statute regarding the attorney general’s obligation — or discretion — to defend the state in lawsuits, said UC Hastings College of the Law professor and appellate expert Rory Little.”


  • Posted: 09/02/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Court refuses to force Calif officials to defend Prop 8

Conservative Group Throws Hail Mary Pass on Prop 8

CA: Ashburn to Governor: Don’t pass Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act

The go-to guy in California’s high court headquarters

With Calif. ruling stayed, “gay” demands return focus to Hawaii

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: The way of the cross

Public pensions and California’s fiscal future

    NCPA (WSJ): “California simply cannot solve its budgetary problems without addressing government employee compensation and benefits, says Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California . . . Thanks to huge unfunded pension and retirement health care promises granted by past governments, and also to deceptive pension-fund accounting that understated liabilities and overstated future investment returns, California is now saddled with $550 billion of retirement debt, says Schwarzenegger.”


  • Posted: 08/30/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Christian Examiner: FAQs on Prop 8, California’s contested marriage amendment

State lawmakers endorse Oakland “transgender” judicial candidate

    Bay Area Reporter: “A state senator and two Assembly members from the East Bay have thrown their support to a transgender woman running for an open seat on the Alameda County Superior Court this fall . . . Should [Victoria Kolakowski] win election in November, Kolakowski would be the first openly transgender trial court judge in the country and the only out LGBT superior court judge in Alameda County.”


  • Posted: 08/27/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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U.S. Court of Appeals put on the brakes

Law Review: Balancing parental and state interests in home schooling in CA

    Recognizing and Regulating Home Schooling in California: Balancing Parental and State Interests in Education
    Paul A. Alarcón, 13 Chap. L. Rev. 391 (2010)

    “Part I of this Comment summarizes the history of education in America discussing in particular the emergence of modern home schooling. Part II considers the conflict between the governmental and parental interests in education created by home schooling and provides an in-depth analysis of these dueling interests. Part III concludes with a proposal for enacting a home school exemption to California’s compulsory school attendance statute, a consideration of limitations adopted by other states, and a proposal for adopting two specific home schooling restrictions.”


  • Posted: 08/26/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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California legislature officially endorses repeal of Federal DOMA

Court reinstates evangelist’s defamation suit against ABC

Life Legal Defense Foundation gets loitering charges against sidewalk counselor dismissed

“Calif. legislature approves removing gay ‘cure’ language”

    365 Gay: “The California State Senate passed a bill on Monday that would repeal a section of the California Welfare and Institutions code that instructs the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the ’causes and cures of homosexuality,’ with the implication that lesbian, gay, and bisexual Californians are sexual deviants, potential sex offenders and a threat to children.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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L.A. Unified’s cold shoulder to charter schools

    Los Angeles Times: “Proposition 39, which was passed by voters in 2000, requires school districts to provide charter schools with facilities that are reasonably equivalent to those of other schools in the district. About 60,000 students in L.A. Unified have opted to attend charter schools. But administrators have in no way tried to meet the ‘reasonably equivalent’ standard . . . When charter schools manage to get funding to build their own schools independent of the district, they do so for far less money than the LAUSD does.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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Greg Baylor: Update on CLS v. Hastings

Muslim employee rejects Disney’s hat alternative

Presbyterian pastor faces religious trial for performing same-sex “marriages”

    MercuryNews.com (Oakland Tribune): “Even as a federal appeals court prepares to weigh same-sex marriage as an issue of man’s law, a Bay Area minister is about to face trial for performing such weddings in violation of what her church says is God’s law. After 36 years as a Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, 68, of San Francisco, could face censure, a suspension from pastoral duties, or — unlikely, but possible — even revocation of her ordination after proceedings starting Tuesday at the Presbytery of the Redwoods in Napa.”


  • Posted: 08/23/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.mercurynews.com

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When a public school complex costs $578 million, have we lost our minds?

Milton church files injunction and lawsuit against Sheriff Wendell Hall and jail

If there’s no cross, is there still a case?

“Perry v. Schwarzenegger: California becomes the latest battleground for gay marriage rights”

Ruling overturning Prop 8 shaped for higher courts?

CA: Assembly passes Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act

    GLT News: “The California Assembly today passed legislation that clarifies the religious freedom of clergy members in California. The Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), reaffirms the separation of church and state and clarifies under state law that no member of clergy will be required to perform a civil marriage that is contrary to his or her faith. The Assembly approved Senate Bill 906 with a 46-25 vote. The bill will return to the Senator for a routine concurrence vote before going to the governor’s desk.”


  • Posted: 08/20/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: gltnewsnow.com

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CA: Deputies remove Prop 8 protesters from clerk’s office

Hadley Arkes: Judge Walker and the language of the law

Maggie Gallagher: Chuck Cooper strikes back

Calif. Supreme Court OKs Schwarzenegger furloughs

9th Circuit panel for Prop 8 appeal won’t be known for months

Muslim employee: Disney banned her head scarf

CA marriage on hold, appeal sped up

“Marriage equality advocates react to latest legal round”

“Gay marriage,” a constitutional right or “tyranny of elitists?”

How 1997 ruling might thwart Prop. 8 appeal

Rick Hasen: Reading the tea leaves on the 9th Circuit’s stay order

    Rick Hasen, William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, writing at the American Constitution Society blog: “I believe caution is in order, and that proponents and opponents of gay marriage should read very little into the Ninth Circuit’s order as to how that court is likely to decide the Proposition 8 case. But the Ninth Circuit’s decision to issue a stay could increase the chances that the Supreme Court ultimately will side with gay marriage supporters . . . This case already has had more than its share of twists and turns. But for those who want to predict what will happen in the appellate courts, there’s really very little to go on so far. Certainly we should not rely on a procedural order containing no written rationale offered by a different set of decisionmakers than the judges who will decide the merits of the appeal.”


  • Posted: 08/18/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.acslaw.org

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“Delay on gay marriage in Calif. gives Democrats room to focus on midterms”

TIME: New legal strategy for Prop 8 supporters

National Review Online: “Gay marriage on hold”

Matthew J. Franck: Professor Klarman sows the dragon’s teeth on Supreme Court and marriage

No same-sex “marriages” in California until appeal

“Gay marriages” halted; case fast-tracked

Attorney: Ninth Circuit makes “right call”

9th Circuit agrees to fasttrack same sex “marriage” hearing

Appeals court stays Prop 8 ruling

Pro-marriage groups laud Ninth Circuit’s emergency stay of Prop. 8 ruling

SCOTUS Blog commentary: 2nd Prop. 8 case expedited

    SCOTUSblog: “The Ninth Circuit Court on Tuesday morning ordered an expedited review of a second appeal on California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage — a plea by local officials in Imperial County, Calif., to enter the case in order to defend the ballot measure’s constitutionality. The motions panel of the Circuit Court, in a two-page order, set the county’s appeal to be heard at argument along with the appeal by the backers of Proposition 8 — that is, during the week of Dec. 6. The written briefing schedule will be the same in both cases, concluding on Nov. 1.”


  • Posted: 08/17/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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US conservative Christians fear for rights

Another issue emerges in CA’s “gay marriage” case

Daniel Blomberg on The Schilling Show: Recurring questions in the Cal. marriage litigation

Ed Whelan: Some reflections on 9th Circuit stay order

Ed Meese: Prop. 8 ruling ignores precedent, evidence and common sense

Dennis Prager: Same-sex “marriage” and the insignificance of men and women