Minnesota Exploiting Ruling to Force Taxpayer Funded Abortions | Life News

    LifeNews: “The critical taxpayer dollars of Minnesotans should not be used for medically unnecessary abortions, nor should such funding be used to take the lives of more African-American babies than other babies,” said lead counsel Chuck Shreffler, one of nearly 2,200 allied attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom. “The reporting statistics are unambiguous,” added Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, who is co-counsel in the case. “The state is indisputably funding medically unnecessary abortions in violation of state law, and 40 percent of the abortions are being executed on African-Americans even though they make up only 5 percent of the state’s population. This lawsuit intends to stop this from continuing.”

  • Posted: 11/29/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Minn. men renew fight to preach at holiday event | First Amendment Center

Minn. taxpayers illegitimately charged for elective abortions | Alliance Defending Freedom

City of Duluth violates court order, reimposes First Amendment ban | Alliance Defending Freedom

“Gay marriage takes next steps”

Republicans look to oust Franken

“Report: MN bishop says pro-gay marriage teen can be confirmed when he publicly repudiates position”

MN: “Petition seeks ouster of anti-gay activist from Anoka-Hennepin task force on bullying”

“Push Expands for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage” | NYT

How Did Marriage Fare in the 2012 Election? | Ryan T. Anderson and Andrew Walker at Heritage Foundation

Winning Minnesota | Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy

    Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: The message fused conservative and libertarian themes and was honed from the experience of many losses and much research by groups like Freedom to Marry and Third Way. The socially conservative idea was that marriage enhances and cements the shared social values of love, commitment, and strong families. The libertarian argument was that government has no business limiting the freedom of gays and lesbians to make that commitment. We took the issue of gay marriage head-on. We didn’t avoid religion, but instead agued that the religious beliefs of many faiths were being attacked by the proposed ban.

  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Country Still Opposes Marriage Redefinition: Losses in Deep Blue States with Huge Spending Disparities were Narrow

    FRC Action: But contrary to what the Left will say, the narrow margin for victory in these four states offers plenty of evidence that a solid majority of Americans still opposes same-sex “marriage.” Despite being outspent 8-to-1 in some of the most liberal states in the country, we witnessed record-setting petition efforts that crossed every racial, party, and socioeconomic divide. And while homosexuals may be celebrating an end to our movement’s perfect record, they still have a long way to go to match the 32 states where Americans voted overwhelmingly to protect the union of a man and woman. And that includes North Carolina, where President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex “marriage” likely cost him the state’s electoral votes.

  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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Michele Bachmann Squeaks By In Minnesota

“Gay Marriage Gets First Ballot Wins” | WSJ

“Gay-Marriage Votes Test if Views Have Shifted”

Ballot Votes to Watch

Alliance Defending Freedom Given Chance To Be Widow’s Might In Minnesota | Alan E. Sears

Separation of Church and Home | Matt Sharp at Townhall

MN: Realtor group opposes marriage amendment

$16M: MN marriage amendment opponents outraise proponents by 2:1

‘Polyamory’: the next civil rights movement?

“Children parented by same-sex couples do just fine” | Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Daniel Christensen, Kathleen Albrecht, Bruce Minor And Bill Clapp at the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Four major mental-health professional associations — the Minnesota Psychological Association; the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Minnesota Psychiatric Society — oppose amending our state Constitution to exclude same-sex couples from legal marriage . . . Far from “redefining marriage,” the research shows that same-sex couples who seek to wed one another are hoping to participate fully in the same traditional definitions of marriage their other family members embrace, and for the same reasons.

  • Posted: 10/29/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.startribune.com

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“Four states deciding gay-marriage issues, in different ways” | MinnPost

“NYC’s Bloomberg: $500K to gay marriage campaigns”

Minnesota Apartment Allegedly Barred Widow From Praying in Public | Christian Post

The Path of Lease Resistance | FRC Washington Update

    Family Research Council Washington Update: If I told you the story of a faithful citizen who punished for praying in an upstairs room, you’d probably think I was reading from the Book of Daniel. Try Fox News. That’s where Todd Starnes shares a shocking report of religious hostility–not in an oppressive foreign country, but in quiet Spring Lake Park, Minnesota . . . Have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous? Fortunately for Ruth, our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom have. Attorneys for ADF set to work almost immediately, debunking the myth that residents have to forfeit their religious rights to live in a HUD development. In a letter it fired off to Osbourne Apartments, ADF explains that “[The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] does not prohibit discussion about religion in the facilities to which it provides funding… simply because the government provides a benefit with public funds does not mean that all ‘mention of religion or prayers’ must be whitewashed from the use of the benefit.”

  • Posted: 10/23/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.frcaction.org

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Senior Housing Complex Bans Prayer | The Church Report

Marriage Campaign Resources to Share from Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington

Minnesota: Uptown VOTE YES Billboard Vandalized

Evicting a widow’s prayers | Alliance Defending Freedom

Minn. Supreme Court to hear suicides case appeal

NY Mayor Bloomberg PAC to defend $10-15 million promoting marriage redefinition

Factbox: Ballot initiatives on same-sex marriage in four states

    Reuters: Maine will give the issue a second vote in three years, after rejecting same-sex marriage in a referendum in 2009 by 53 to 47 percent. In Washington and Maryland, where the state legislatures passed laws expanding marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples earlier this year, citizens will vote on whether to let the laws stand. Meanwhile, defenders of traditional marriage hope Minnesota will become the latest state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman – effectively banning same-sex marriages.

  • Posted: 10/17/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.reuters.com

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Many Christians do not see same-sex marriage as an issue of ‘fairness’ | Steven Douglas at MinnPost

    Steven Douglas at MinnPost: The argument over same-sex marriage does not start in the political realm but in the philosophical. Many of the proponents of same-sex marriage with whom I speak assume that we agree on who we are on a basic level and therefore the way we should plot our political course forward. That’s where they’re wrong. Many Christians still hold to the truth of Scripture, often called inerrancy, and believe that God created humanity in his image (Genesis 1:27). These Christians reject the theory of macro evolution as an explanation of human origins. We see the role of image-bearing, generally called imago Dei, to be what defines us.

  • Posted: 10/16/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.minnpost.com

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Newest Minn. Supreme Court justice set to take oath in historic addition to state’s high court

“Canadian Archbishop warns U.S. of dire consequences of gay ‘marriage’”

MN: Canadian panelists say same-sex marriage there has had costs

MN: Marriage amendment supporters speak out

Video: Ravens’ Matt Birk, a Harvard Grad, makes powerful statement for marriage

Voter-Approved Marriage

SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to MN restrictions on judicial endorsments

MN marriage supporters raise $2M this election cycle

“Historic wins within reach for same-sex marriage in November’s state ballots”

Marriage amendment has nothing to do with ‘separation of church and state’ | Jordan Lorence at MinnPost

Catholic Archbishop, Evangelical pastors urge support for marriage at MN Capitol

MN Marriage Amendment Will Pass, Says New Survey – Polls Chart

MN: Planned Parenthood working to defeat marriage, voter ID amendments

Marriage, Voter ID Amendments Appear Poised to Pass in MN

National groups opposed to MN marriage amendment recruit volunteers

“Minnesota Board Exempts Catholic Organization Employee’s Pro-Gay Marriage Contribution From Disclosure”

MN: “Catholic priest donated $1000 to gay ‘marriage,’ diocese mum”

Solid Appeals Court Ruling For Christian After-School Program

Alan E. Sears: Court Rulings Secure Greater Religious Freedom For All Americans

Anonymity Granted to Catholic Donor Opposed to Marriage Amendment, But Amendment Supporters Object

    Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: In Minnesota, pro- and anti-gay marriage activists are fighting over political campaign disclosure laws, though this time the usual roles are reversed. On August 17, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled that the group working to defeat a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage does not have to disclose the name of a Catholic contributor to the “No” campaign. ”John Doe,” who works for a Catholic organization in Minnesota, gave $600 to Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group opposing the amendment.

  • Posted: 09/04/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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MN: Denial of Unemployment Benefits To Seventh Day Adventist Held Unconstitutional

Pawlenty’s Judges

Court Blasts Negative Same-Sex Ballot Title: State ordered to use wording chosen by legislature

    Bob Unruh at WorldNetDaily: “Minnesotans deserve to have free and fair elections, and they deserve to know precisely what they are voting for,” said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which argued the case on behalf of the Legislature’s title. “Because the Legislature wrote a ballot title for the marriage amendment, no official in the executive branch has any authority to replace or modify that title – especially not with one that incorrectly describes the amendment’s effect,” he said. “Voters have the right to know that the amendment is designed to protect the ‘recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman,’ as the Legislature accurately specified. The court has done the right thing in restoring that language to the ballot,” Lorence said.

  • Posted: 08/28/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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Minnesota Supreme Court removes deceptive marriage amendment ballot title

MN Supreme Court: Ballot photo ID requirement will go to the voters

Minn. Coach’s Child Porn Case Tests Investigators

Waves From Shock Prayer Still Rocking Boats: Minister’s recognition of Jesus comes up at town-hall meeting

MN: Disciplinary Office Seeks Suspension of Lawyer For Anti-Catholic Statements In Court Filings

MN: Pro-Life Candidate Gets Death Threats for Airing Graphic Abortion and Islam Ads

MN: Marriage amendment on Winona city council agenda Monday

MN: Mankato City Council Votes to Oppose Marriage Amendment

When 1,099 Felons Vote In A Race Won By 312 Ballots

MN: “Gay marriage is ‘morally rotten’”

“National Boy Scout policy against openly gay members flouted by local councils”

“A Coming Wave of Gay Marriage Electoral Victories?” | The Atlantic

MN Court: Same-sex partner has right to inheritance

Talk by Minnesota Secretary of State at Catholic Church postponed, not cancelled

Minneapolis church scrubs appearance by state official in marriage-referendum dispute