High Court hears arguments over Christian student group’s case

Sameness and ‘Diversity’ on Campus: Why a California dean would force a black group to admit white supremacists.

SD: Victim of Domestic Violence Abused by Government Error

    Pacific Justice Institute: “A victim of domestic violence has now found herself unemployed thanks to a mistake by a government agency she turned to for help. The woman, a South Dakotan identified as “Vickie” to protect her identity, called police in 2006 after assaulted by her then-husband. She was also interviewed by a social worker. Shortly thereafter, an official notice was sent to the couple’s home that, because their children had witnessed the abuse, he was being placed on the state’s official registry of child abusers. A judge gave Vickie a protective order, and the couple later divorced. Now, nearly four years later, Vickie was recently fired from her job at a daycare center after her employer learned that she is also listed on the state’s child abuse registry – apparently through an error by the county.”

  • Posted: 04/20/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.pacificjustice.org

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Justices split over college rejection of Christian student group

CA: Pleasanton couple donates frozen embryos, then sues to regain control

Calif. Dems kill resolution honoring the Boy Scouts

9 Calif porn agencies targeted in labor complaints

Calif. city may face legal action over prayer vote

Same-Sex Couples Sue CalPERS, IRS Over Partner Health Benefits

9th Circuit panel dismisses California Equality and ACLU appeal of order compelling them to disclose Prop. 8 campaign communications

“FFRF Calls Out Mayors on Prayer Breakfast Ties”

California Senator Says “Hearsay” Is a Reliable Indicator of Child Abuse

Ballot to overturn Cal. marriage amendment fails

CA: Lancaster to vote Tuesday on prayer policy at city meetings

Mo., Calif. couples sue over control of embryos

CA: Ministerial Exception Precludes Wage and Hour Suit Against Scientology

CA: Elizabeth A. Grimes confirmed as Div. Eight Justice

Santa Rosa council approves “gay and lesbian retirement community”

California Considers Repealing Law to Study, Cure Homosexuals

David Hacker: UC system considering new speech code

Oakland taking steps to fight sex trafficking

CA Senators scheduled to vote on bill that undermines Proposition 8

CA: Carly Fiorina outlines her anti-abortion stance

U.S. Supreme Court will consider First Amendment rights of Christian club

Marriage issue affects Cal. GOP Senate race

California adoption bill embraces ‘gay’ agenda

PC(USA) Minister Faces New Charges for Same-Sex Ceremonies

City Drops Bid to Shut Down Home Bible Study, But Threat to Others Remains

Supreme Court cases test speech rights and more

Oakland Greek Orthodox church vandalized with graffiti

San Francisco bailout of “gay center” up for a vote

Calif. High Court Upholds LAX Solicitation Ban Challenged by Krishnas

Poll says GOP voters don’t know Campbell favors marriage redefinition

Calif. voters could legalize pot in Nov. election

Poll: “For First Time, 50 Percent of Californians Favor Same-sex Marriage”

California Asks IRS to Change Tax Code to Accommodate Same-Sex Couples

ACLU Will Appeal Order To Turn Over Campaign Documents In Prop 8 Challenge

    ACLU: “Federal Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Monday that the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality California must turn over campaign documents, including internal e-mails and memos regarding efforts to overturn Prop 8, even though the groups are not parties to the legal challenge brought by Ted Olson and David Boies seeking to strike down the discriminatory ordinance . . . ”

  • Posted: 03/23/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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“Gay marriage foes challenge trial idea”

    The Advocate (“LGBT monthly news magazine”): “According to The New York Times, the latest complaints are an extension of marriage equality opponents’ long-running argument that the question does not belong in the courts . . . ‘To think that somehow the rules of evidence can lead you to the right answer is just not right,’ said Jordan W. Lorence, a lawyer with Alliance Defense Fund and a member of the trial team for the people and groups who intervened to defend the ban after state officials would not, according to the Times. ‘There should not have been a trial.’”

  • Posted: 03/23/2010
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.advocate.com

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Making home Bible study illegal?

Prop. 8 opponents must release memos

Trial in same-sex “marriage” case is challenged

CA: Fresno City plans action against instructor who “presented religious-based and anti-gay views as fact in a health class”

    Fresno Bee: “Fresno City College officials said they plan to take action against an instructor accused of presenting religious-based and anti-gay views as fact in a health class. But school officials declined to say what action they will take. In a March 8 letter to three students who complained, the school said its investigation found that instructor Bradley Lopez violated district policy and engaged in conduct that could create a hostile learning environment. The students were part of a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in February.”

  • Posted: 03/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.fresnobee.com

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Judge Frowns on Request for California Bar Data

    Mike McKee writes at the Recorder: “A law professor’s long-proposed study about affirmative action’s effect on bar exams’ pass rates has encountered another obstacle. In a tentative opinion released last week, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow deflated UCLA School of Law professor Richard Sander’s plans by finding that the documents he seeks — California State Bar historical data on past bar exams — don’t fall within the scope of documents traditionally subject to public disclosure.”

  • Posted: 03/18/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Lambda Legal, GLAD File Brief Defending University of California Nondiscrimination Policy Against Christian Legal Society Challenge

So. Calif. City to Home Bible Study: Shut Down by Good Friday

Evidence skirmish could delay end of Prop 8 trial

CA: 23,000+ layoff notices issued to teachers statewide

Same-sex “marriage” advocates forcing pro-family views out of California Therapist Association

Cal. bill would incrementally undermine marriage

“Spurned by NV, transgender woman to wed in CA”

SJSU students, faculty weigh in on Proposition 8

California Board Still Wants Teacher to Remove ‘God’ Banners

Prop. 8 suit closing arguments will not be televised

San Francisco LGBT Center asking city for $1M

“High School Welcomes Gay Speakers, but Rejects HIV-Positive Christian”

Christian’s speech deemed hateful propaganda

Law Review: The Marriage Cases – Reversing the Burden of Inertia in a Pluralist Constitutional Democracy

    The Marriage Cases—Reversing the Burden of Inertia in a Pluralist Constitutional Democracy
    William N. Eskridge, 97 Cal. L. Rev. 1785 (2010)

    “This Foreword will examine the court’s opinion and the many doctrinal issues it raises through the lens of California’s pluralist-constitutional democracy. That voters can override the court through a constitutional amendment like Proposition 8 makes California’s constitution self-evidently democratic– indeed, more so than the U.S. Constitution. This feature has played a pivotal role in the state’s politics of gay marriage. An equally important feature of the California Constitution is its commitment to pluralism: the idea that a key role of the State is to serve as a peaceful forum in which rival social and economic groups bargain, compete, and deliberate. An institutional challenge in a pluralist democracy is to keep rival groups engaged in politics, to direct their efforts toward the public good, and to avoid feuds and other mutually destructive conflicts. This challenge is especially difficult because the pluralist balance changes, often radically, over the course of a generation. New groups, clamoring for public recognition, will emerge, upsetting a balance of alliances that worked well only ten years prior. Few groups reflect this phenomenon better than sexual and gender minorities; reviled as outlaws two generations ago, they are now part of the political process in California. Given the state’s role as harbinger for the nation, this is a significant advance for these minorities.”

  • Posted: 03/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.californialawreview.org

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California justice weighs in on judicial races

    San Francisco Chronicle: “With businesses and trial lawyers pouring money into state judicial races around the nation, California Chief Justice Ronald George appointed a Commission for Impartial Courts in 2007 to study judicial elections in California and decide whether changes were needed to promote judicial independence and public confidence in the courts. The commission’s chairman, state Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, spoke to Chronicle reporter Bob Egelko about some of the proposals that the commission is recommending.”

  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.sfgate.com

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CA: Former lesbian partners settle custody dispute

California: City prayer policy’s second coming

College demands return of campus speech code

ADF attorney available to media after hearing in ‘Ask God what your grade is’ case

3 abortion doctors face legal problems

Federal Judge: Teacher Has Constitutional Right to Display Patriotic Banners that Mention “God” in Classroom

First openly homosexual California Assembly leader sworn in

CA: Fate of same-sex “marriage” a step closer to being decided

California is a greater risk than Greece, warns JP Morgan chief

Prop. 8 suit closing arguments may be televised

CA: Lowenthal bill would remove homosexual cure statute from state law

Charter school for LGBT youth opens in Los Angeles

    SDNN.com: “Educators and community activists in the Los Angeles area have established a new school aimed at preventing cases such as King’s. The new charter school provides LGBT and LGBT-friendly youth the opportunity to earn their high school diploma in a safe environment, free from persecution.
    The first of its kind in Southern California, the new school is a collaboration between Opportunities for Learning (OFL) and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center program LifeWorks . . . ”

  • Posted: 02/25/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.sdnn.com

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LA school board snubs charter school operators

California: Mom must share custody with ex lesbian partner

Abortion Practitioner Keeps License Despite Violating Court Order, Medical Board