Norwood, MA voters approve measure to rename winter vacation as “Christmas vacation”

Same-sex couple married in Mass. will argue for a divorce in Florida

Attorney sues for Puerto Rican recognition of Mass. same-sex “marriage”

Mass. Senate passes updates to anti-bullying law

Mass. AG backs same-sex couple in property dispute with Worcester Diocese

“Boston LGBT group unlikely to march on St Patrick’s Day after talks collapse”

MA: Northborough K-8 School Committee leery of nixing religious holidays

“Boston St. Pat’s parade rescinds invite to gay group”

Boston parochial school pulls out of St. Pat’s parade to avoid “condoning homosexual lifestyle”

More states likely to ban sexual-orientation change therapy

Mass. to appeal decision that murder convict Michelle Kosilek is entitled to sex change surgery

“MA man files discrimination complaint, claims job offer rescinded over same-sex spouse”

Supreme Court abortion case could impact NC

MA: Northboro, Southboro school boards debate change on religious holidays

Decision on Mass. case could end protest buffers in Pittsburgh | TribLive

Supreme Court abortion case weighs free speech, clinic safety | National Journal

Federal appeals court upholds Mass. inmate’s right to taxpayer-funded sex change surgery

“Women have a right to choose and protesters have a right to protest”

McCullen v. Coakley buffer zone commentary roundup

Supreme Court to decide if pro-life people have free speech at abortion clinics | LifeNews

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

Supreme Court case sets precedent for Burlington’s buffer zone ordinance | Burlington Free Press

US Supreme Court to hear arguments Wednesday in ‘Cradle of Liberty’ buffer zone case

Argument preview: “Buffer zones” and free speech

The next frontier in fertility treatment

NYT: Where free speech collides with abortion rights

“Federal recognition of Utah same-sex marriages shows need for State Marriage Defense Act”

Oral Arguments in McCullen v. Coakley on Wednesday, January 15

The State Marriage Defense Act | Gerard Bradley at Public Discourse

Interstate Recognition of Same Sex “Marriage” After Windsor

“Abortion Rights as a Free-Speech Flashpoint” | Floyd Abrams at WSJ

Supreme Court To Take Up Campaign Finance, Abortion Protests In 2014 | NPR Audio

Abortion clinic buffer zones’ fate in hands of high court

Social conservatives defect after GOP candidate for Mass. Lt. Gov. flip-flops on gay ‘marriage’

Massachusetts Judge OK’s State Funds To Restore Historic Church Windows

When Government Keeps Teens from Seeing the Therapist | Robert Carle at Public Discourse

U.S. Bishops: DOMA ruling ‘renewed our determination’ to defend true marriage

‘Amorphous Federalism’ and the Supreme Court’s Marriage Cases | David Cruz at Loyola L. Rev.

Alliance Defending Freedom Brings Key Cases To Current Supreme Court

Should This Inmate Get a State-Financed Sex Change Operation? What we owe the murderer

    Nathaniel Penn at New Republic: Prisoners, unlike the rest of us, are constitutionally entitled to free health care. They are wards of the state: The Supreme Court affirmed their right to “adequate medical care” in the 1976 case Estelle v. Gamble. To deny them this would violate the Eighth Amendment’s proscription against “cruel and unusual punishment.” But transgender inmates have found it extraordinarily difficult to prove in court that gender dysphoria treatment meets the Estelle standard. Many judges view them unsympathetically: This is an unusual mental illness whose legitimacy many in the public still doubt; these are plaintiffs serving long sentences for committing horrifying crimes.

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Justice Kennedy cites federalism: “I have a rule: I don’t do weddings”

“Justice Kennedy Speaks Out on Gay Marriage, Shutdown”

“Vt. joins other states in same-sex marriage appeal”

“Supreme Court’s DOMA decision driving same-sex marriage efforts in states” | Pew Research

Two New Essays on Post-Windsor Choice-of-Law Questions

Same-Sex Marriage Makes Liberal Judges Irrational | Matthew J. Frank at Public Discourse

SCOTUS for law students (sponsored by Bloomberg Law): Buffer zones and free speech

Of Pledges And Proclamations: Protecting Public Expressions Of Faith | Alan Sears

Protester: Abortion clinic buffer zone would trigger lawsuit | Portland Press Herald

When the bizarre is commonplace | Robert Knight at Washington Times

“Justice Scalia says has not expressed view on gay marriage”

In our opinion: Faulty gay marriage reasoning

Scott Lively to Run for Massachusetts Governor

DOMA and Dignity | Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy

“Alabama’s First Gay Lawmaker Marries In Massachusetts, Will Sue For Recognition”

Windsor and the Problem with Rights of Recognition

Suit Challenges Pa.’s Non-recognition Of Mass. Same Sex “Marriage”

Boston Politics Halt Charter School Growth

Obama nominates three to federal judgeships

    Boston Globe: Addressing long-term vacancies in federal courthouses in Massachusetts, the White House is set to nominate three lawyers for judgeships, including the nomination of Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni to a US District Court post in Springfield. The White House is also recommending attorney Indira Talwani to sit on the US District Court in Boston, and has tapped Harvard Law School professor David Jeremiah Barron for appointment to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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Does ‘Pledge’ have a place in schools?

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Double Standard for Free Speech at Abortion Clinics

Pledge’s ‘under God’ phrase faces Mass. court scrutiny |

Pledge’s ‘under God’ phrase faces Massachusetts court scrutiny | Christian Examiner (BP)

California moral drift soon will be nationwide | BP on Fla. Baptist Witness

“Marriage Equality Efforts Chugging Along Nicely” | Art Leonard Observations

Pledge Of Allegiance’s “Under God” Defended By Evangelicals — But Guess Who Wrote it | PolicyMic

Virgin Mary Statue On Mass. Traffic Island Smashed

Atheist Perplexed by the Pledge of Allegiance? | Christian Post