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The FIRE: Last Monday, FIRE and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) jointly applied for permission to file an amici curiae (friends-of-the-court) brief with the Kansas Court of Appeals in Yeasin v. University of Kansas.
National Right to Life: As expected, opponents of Kansas’ historic new ban on dismemberment abortion are seeking an injunction in the Shawnee County District Court of Judge Larry Hendricks to prevent the measure from going into effect July 1st.
WIBW (AP): Gardner disclosed in documents to the Senate that she taught and studied at seminars organized by the conservative law group Alliance Defending Freedom. She is also a member of the Christian Legal Society.
The Kansas City Star (AP): A small southeastern Kansas church congregation filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Crawford County, the latest legal dispute unfolding in the state challenging the constitutionality of land use regulations on church properties.
National Right to Life: A special event took place in Kansas today. Gov. Sam Brownback traveled to four cities for ceremonial signings of SB 95, The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.
The College Fix: “Courts upheld chaplain programs in a variety of contexts where citizens are removed from their congregations due to their government services,” alliance legal counsel Travis Barham told The College Fix in a phone interview.
One News Now: “This is simply a way for these public universities to accommodate the needs of their religious student athletes,” Travis Barham of Alliance Defending Freedom says. “And public universities have tremendous leeway under the First Amendment to accommodate the needs of their students, including the religious needs of their students.”
The Global Dispatch: Alliance Defending Freedom sent letters to six public universities after they received complaints from Freedom From Religion Foundation wrongly stating that having basketball team chaplains is unconstitutional.
The College Fix: The Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting back against a campaign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to get public universities to drop their basketball chaplains, who also serve as “character coaches,” calling them unconstitutional.
Atheists’ latest move to strike God from public universities has one legal firm hitting back against ‘shameful’ ‘distortion’ of the First Amendment
The Blaze: The Alliance Defending Freedom is pushing back after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, sent complaints to six public universities last month, claiming that the presence of team chaplains is unconstitutional.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent letters to six public universities after they received complaints from Freedom From Religion Foundation wrongly stating that having basketball team chaplains is unconstitutional.
Catholic News Agency: Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called “dismemberment abortion” in the law.
The New York Times: Kansas on Tuesday became the first state to sharply restrict or alter the most common technique used for second-trimester abortions, opening a new, emotionally charged line of attack by anti-abortion forces who hope to take it swiftly to other states.
National Right to Life: This morning, pro-life Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed into law the groundbreaking Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The bill received overwhelming support in the state legislature earlier this year. In signing the bill, Governor Brownback makes Kansas the first state in the nation to enact the National Right to Life model legislation that will prohibit the use of dismemberment abortions. The law will go into effect on July 1.
Christian NewsWire: This morning, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law the historic “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act,” SB 95. It will go into effect July 1.
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty: The Kansas Senate has passed a measure supporting the right of religious student groups to maintain exclusive memberships. SB 175 was advanced on a 30-8 party-line vote.
Life News: The pro-abortion movement is in a predicament. They are compelled to fight a ban on dismemberment abortions because it challenges their abortion-without-limits ideology. But they know they cannot actually talk about dismemberment abortions. Putting the gruesome reality of unborn babies being torn limb from limb in front of the public would be highly detrimental to their cause.
LJ World: A committee of the Kansas Board of Regents will soon start reviewing how the legalization of same-sex marriage could affect state universities.
Life News: The periodic complaint/report on money spent to defend pro-life laws in Kansas was posted by the Associated Press Tuesday, part of the continuing mainstream media’s ‘framing’ that there are too many new pro-life laws with big legal price tags.
The Stream: When outspoken liberal Democrat Kathleen Sebelius was governor of Kansas, she unilaterally signed an executive order in 2007 making lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) state workers a protected class equivalent to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry and age.
Jill Stanek: Bloomberg journalist Esme E. Deprez was tasked with informing readers about the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act, which last month was introduced in both Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Washington Times (AP): Two Kansas lawmakers are pushing similar measures to make it illegal for someone to post nude photographs or videos of a former spouse or significant other on the Internet without permission.
Kansas Health Institute: Gov. Sam Brownback opened the 2015 session Monday with an inaugural speech that emphasized strengthening families as a solution to the state’s financial woes.
Groundbreaking dismemberment abortion ban in Kansas kicks off Right to Life movement 2015 legislative agenda
National Right to Life: In a move that will transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States, National Right to Life announced a major new component of the right to life movement’s 2015 legislative agenda with today’s introduction in Kansas of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The wave of pro-life victories in the 2014 election helped set the stage for this first-of-its-kind legislation, which would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion.
Christian student banned from passing out flyers promoting prayer session at middle school’s flagpole
The Christian Post: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” ADF legal counsel Matt Sharp said in a statement. “The law on this is extremely clear: school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
The Daily Signal: Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian-based legal organization, filed a lawsuit against the school earlier this month. “Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate. Non-disruptive private student expression is protected by the First Amendment,” the group wrote in litigation.
One News Now: Kansas lawmakers are preparing an effort to enshrine religious freedom in state law via a renewed campaign prompted by the urging of several religious leaders.
The Washington Times (AP): Same-sex couples across Kansas headed Thursday to county offices where judges granted marriage licenses and waived waiting periods after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex unions over the objections of the state’s attorney general.
National Law Journal: Over the dissent of two justices, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas.
CJ Online: Less than a week after a federal hearing, supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage will once again meet in court, this time at the Kansas Supreme Court.
ABC News (AP): Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their marriage laws or amendments.
Patheos (CNA Daily News): The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group responding to a lawsuit over the firing of an employee of the Kansas City – St. Joseph diocese after her same-sex “marriage” became public.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in a Missouri court this week on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph. A former ministry worker who obtained a marriage license in another state with her same-sex partner sued the diocese for terminating her employment once it learned of the union.
Alliance Defending Freedom: It would be wonderful if, amid the culture wars, our families’ playgrounds and playing fields could be declared “neutral territory” – places dedicated to healthy recreation and spirited competition, free of the political maneuverings and agendas that increasingly crowd every arena of our public life.
Christian News Network: Hunjak, who has distributed literature at other soccer fields owned by the city without issue, then contacted the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for assistance. The group soon filed a legal challenge against the city, seeking an injunction against its ban on engaging in free speech activities on the sidewalks surrounding the complex.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Overland Park paid $50,000 in attorneys’ fees last week for its unconstitutional policy prohibiting the distribution of fliers on public sidewalks at the city’s soccer complex. A federal court ordered payment of the fees in the wake of its May 5 ruling striking down the free speech ban.
Life News: A troubled Kansas City abortion facility, Central Family Medical, also known as Aid For Women, announced on its website that it has ceased operations effective July 26, 2014, stating that its abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, and clinic administrator were “retiring.”
The Washington Times: Same-sex couples in Kansas who have gotten married in Iowa or elsewhere have limited options to end their marriages in Kansas, according to experts.
The Washington Times: Two years after a divisive public referendum led to repealing discrimination protections based on sexual orientation, Salina’s mayor has signed a proclamation declaring June as LGBT Pride Month in the city.
National Right to Life News: In a not unexpected move, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced today it plans to close its financially failing Hays facility that no longer qualifies for family planning funds distributed by the Kansas health department.
Operation Rescue: When pro-life activists showed up for their shifts on Thursday, May 8th at the South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas, they were in for a smelly surprise. Someone poured a runny mixture of cow manure on the ground where the sidewalk counselors gather to offer help to abortion-bound women.
Life News: Several states in the last couple of years have taken steps to yank taxpayer funding from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. In each case, the abortion giant has taken the state to court in an attempt to force taxpayers to finance its grisly trade.
The Washington Times: Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri has dropped its legal challenge to a Kansas law that stripped two of its Kansas clinics of federal money for family planning.
Religion Clause: ADF announced yesterday that it has voluntarily dismissed it lawsuit in K.R. v. Unified School District No. 204, after the school district removed its restriction on distribution of religious material.
Christian News Network: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “For that reason, we commend the school district for revising its policy so that all students, regardless of their religious beliefs, can enjoy freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. The law on this is very clear: public school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion.”
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE April 29, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact ADF lawsuit prompts Kan. school district to end ban on religious speech Policy prohibited prayer event fliers that contained …
Kevin C. Walsh at Mirror of Justice: ”Professor Helen Alvaré testified in March before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with a proposed Kansas Religious Freedom Preservation Act. The written version of her testimony, worth reading in full, touches on an underappreciated feature of Windsor and post-Windsor cases finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Whether explicitly or implicitly, these cases develop and deploy a federal-law-based definition of marriage.”
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM COMMENT March 31, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden regarding multiple new legal setbacks …
Reuters: “A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld a 2011 Kansas law that would stop federal family planning money the state receives from flowing to two Planned Parenthood clinics.” | The opinion is here.
Topeka Capital-Journal: “Kline’s request, filed Monday in Washington, D.C., argued the disciplinary case against him was prejudiced by actions of judicial branch members unhappy that he engaged in criminal investigation of Kansas abortion providers. It is unclear how far the U.S. Supreme Court’s jurisdiction extends to modify Kline’s suspension.”
The Wichita Eagle: “A bill that would grant Kansans the same legal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity that they receive for race and religion was introduced by a House Democrat on Tuesday.”
Associated Press: “A Kansas judge has overturned the state medical board’s revocation of a doctor’s license over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions.”
Wichita Eagle: “After a marathon committee hearing on religious freedom, Senate Vice President Jeff King, R-Independence, made it clear he would not consider new legislation this session.”
Valerie Richardson at The Washington Times: “Joe La Rue, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom in Scottsdale, said that argument has been largely drowned out by the media outcry. ‘[W]hen they started talking about, “This bill is going to turn us back to the days of Jim Crow, and you’re going to have people kicked out of restaurants, and you’re going to have people dying in the streets because doctors won’t treat them” — nobody wants that,’ said Mr. La Rue.”
“Kansas, Arizona bills reflect national fight over gay rights vs. religious liberty” | Washington Post
Washington Post: “The law was written by the conservative advocacy group Center for Arizona Policy and Alliance Defending Freedom, a prominent Arizona-based Christian law firm.”
KWCH: “The chairman of the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee says the panel won’t consider a House-passed bill to protect people who refuse for religious reasons to provide goods and services to gay couples.”
The Wichita Eagle: “Legislators who voted for House Bill 2453 say they have been getting angry calls and e-mails from constituents and people across the country. Some Republican lawmakers said they wish that HB2453 and the uproar it has caused would just go away. Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, called the bill toxic.”
The Wichita Eagle: “Kansas Senate leaders promised Friday to dramatically change the controversial House religious freedom bill if it ever moves forward. Two major provisions are likely to be removed entirely.”
Kansas City Star: “Senate President Susan Wagle took the unusual step Thursday night of issuing a statement saying the bill — which has drawn an avalanche of national criticism — didn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans in her chamber.”
The Wichita Eagle: “The Kansas House has approved a bill aimed at keeping individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to help with same-sex weddings. The House’s 72-49 vote Wednesday sends HB 2453 to the Senate.”
WIBW (AP): “A Kansas House committee is preparing to debate legislation aimed at protecting individuals, groups and businesses that refuse for religious reasons to recognize same-sex unions or provide benefits to gay couples.”
Topeka Capital-Journal (AP): “Gay-marriage opponents now worry that their Kansas bulwark might not hold up much longer, thanks to recent federal court decisions in Oklahoma and Utah striking down those states’ bans. The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee plans to debate a bill Tuesday that anticipates a day when the state recognizes same-sex marriages.”
Shawnee Dispatch: “Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, the state’s leading gay rights group, asked for the proposals to be introduced before the wrap-up of a hearing on a bill that would provide legal protection to people who, because of religious opposition to gay marriage, would deny business and services to same-sex couples.”
Kansas City Star: “With the legal climate uncertain for states banning gay marriage, Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal designed to protect individuals, groups and businesses refusing for religious reasons to recognize same-sex unions or to provide benefits to gay couples.”
Topeka Capital-Journal: “Anti-abortion group Kansans for Life said Wednesday that one of its priorities for this legislative session is seeking a constitutional amendment to give the governor more direct control over Kansas Supreme Court appointments.”
Topeka Capital-Journal: A Shawnee County District Court judge ruled Wednesday that William Marotta was more than just a sperm donor, that he is also the presumptive father of a child born to a lesbian couple and is subject to paying child support as sought by the Kansas Department of Children and Families.”
AP: “A Kansas legislative committee has commemorated an abortion-related anniversary with a live demonstration of ultrasound tests on two pregnant women and by agreeing to sponsor a bill restricting surrogate parenting.”
AP: “Opponents who have chipped away at abortion with state-level restrictions are facing a dilemma in some of the places where they have been most successful: Do they continue with that approach or seek more dramatic policies that risk court rulings that could undo previous gains?”
OneNewsNow: “After a staff member posted a controversial statement on a social media site, the Kansas Board of Regents voted to restrict free speech rights of university professors and staff. Alliance Defending Freedom intervened, as ADF Attorney David Hacker tells OneNewsNow. ‘Universities are supposed to be the marketplace of ideas, but this policy aims to shut that down for Kansas professors as they engage in social media,’ he says.”