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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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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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 “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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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

PJI Announces Second Annual Baccalaureate Project

ADF attorney to debate at Stanford Law School on IRS religious speech restrictions

Districts refusing reforms could hurt California’s chances for grant money

Fresno City College case tests academic freedom

Welcome to UC Islam

    Mike Adams writes at Townhall: “Muslim students are not always cowards. But the Muslim Student Union (MSU) is often the least tolerant and most cowardly student group on a given college campus. The gulf between the speech they prevent and what they practice with administrators’ consent is enormous. What follows is a summary of a recent, and increasingly typical, incident. I have included links to video of the incident for verification. I have also included the chancellor’s complete contact information so that ‘infidels’ can express disgust with unchecked Muslim bigotry and intolerance on our nation’s campuses . . . Readers of this column need to watch this five-minute video . . . ”

  • Posted: 02/16/2010
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LA sidewalk = no speech zone

CA: Constitutionality of prayer debate heats up in Pico Rivera

    Whittier Daily News: “After a newly appointed mayor took a Bible off the dais and chose not to schedule prayer at each council meeting, the country’s 220-year-old debate over church and state has sprung up in Pico Rivera . . . ‘It’s a very black-and-white situation, clearly defined in the Constitution,’ Salcido said after the January meeting. ‘When our framers crafted the First Amendment of the Constitution, they put the establishment clause in to protect the integrity of both institutions.’”

  • Posted: 02/15/2010
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San Francisco: Marriage licenses requested, and denied

UC Irvine: Muslim students systematically disrupt Israeli Ambassador’s speech

San Francisco: Same-sex “marriage” supporters to request marriage licenses en masse

Evangelist challenges ban on leafleting near California courthouse

Free speech prohibited on sidewalk

    Christian Web News: “‘Christians shouldn’t be prohibited from expressing their beliefs in a clearly public area. Our courts should understand this more than anyone else,’ said ADF Senior Counsel Nate Kellum. ‘This man was doing nothing other than exercising his First Amendment right to peacefully share his faith with people willing to interact with him or accept his religious literature. That is a protected free speech activity that cannot be outlawed on a public sidewalk, whether it is near a courthouse or anywhere else.’”

  • Posted: 02/10/2010
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CA: Fresno teachers union against new charter school

SF schools to offer extra services to “gay” students

Man sues California mall after guard arrests him for having conversation about God

Penna Dexter: Marriage is worth protecting

Blind justice: Free speech prohibited on public sidewalk outside Calif. courthouse

“FCC instructor teaching anti-gay views,” ACLU says

Prop. 8 trial wraps up, leaving some Christians wondering if their votes counted

New CA bill protects pastors, could legalize “homosexual marriage”

Prop. 8 trial stirs questions, emotions

Judge in Prop. 8 litigation is “gay”?

Innocent-sounding Calif. bill could help legalize “gay marriage,” some say

Family Research Institute: Our take on the Prop 8 trial

    Family Research Institute: “Christianity – as the wellspring of ‘animus’ against homosexual activity – is being attacked as full of bigotry, but empty of factual content. This mode of attack worked with Colorado’s Amendment 2 in 1994, and was an integral part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision. Yet 99% of the empirical evidence regarding homosexual activity supports the Christian appraisal of it . . . On the January 25th Hugh Hewitt radio show, an Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) spokesman repeatedly asserted that all they had to do to win – given the well-worn rules of ‘how the law is supposed to be’ – was to prove that conventional marriage was better than ‘gay marriage.’ But what if the court regards this potential violation of ‘human rights’ as exceptional (as Brown v. Board of Education in 1954), and not subject to the ‘usual rules?’ The court might regard this contest as a debate about public policy.”

  • Posted: 02/05/2010
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Californians wait to hear marriage decision

Calif. marriage trial draws friends with briefs

Outrageous judicial pick still requires scrutiny: Expose Edward Chen’s radicalism and squash his nomination

CA: Lompoc school board studies up on charter schools

CA: Vacaville planners OK code on sexually oriented stores

The Roe v. Wade of marriage

Religious beliefs targeted in Proposition 8

At heart of Prop. 8 trial, a fight over nurturing kids

Video: “Same-Sex Marriage Case: The Post-Mortem”

The Ongoing Proposition 8 Trial: Three Key Points About the Evidence and Arguments

    Vikram David Amar writes at Findlaw: “In this column, I offer some analysis of the federal bench trial on California’s Proposition 8 that is winding down in San Francisco this week. As readers likely know, Proposition 8 is the state’s voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs in the case challenge the measure under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment . . . ”

  • Posted: 01/29/2010
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Prop 8 trial, day 12 summary: Liberal Dem. who opposes “gay marriage” testifies

California’s Prop. 8 trial on hold

Civil Marriage Bill Pretends to Protect Religious Freedom

Burden of proof to overturn Prop. 8 was unmet, backers say as testimony ends

California Court of Appeal Mulls Mall’s “Don’t Talk to Strangers” Rule

ADF Update on Prop 8 Trial: Day 12

Testimony ends in same-sex “marriage” trial

Doug Napier on AFR Focal Point: The Conclusion of the Prop. 8 Trial

Prop 8 Trial, Day 11 summary: religious conservatives again targeted

ADF update on Prop 8 trial proceedings: Wednesday, January 27th

Bill Proposed In California To Protect Clergy From Perfoming Same-Sex Marriages

Baptist Press Prop 8 summary, day 11: Religious conservatives again targeted