NY: Prayers at Greece Town Board meetings OK, judge rules

Court rules NY town can open public meetings with prayer

Pat Buchanan: The Mosque at Ground Zero

N.Y. Appellate Division revives child support order against lesbian co-parent

    Leonard Link: “A five-member panel of the New York Appellate Division, 2nd Department, unanimously ruled on August 3 that a woman is obligated to make child support payments to her former same-sex partner. Reconsidering the case after the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, had reversed the appellate division’s previous ruling that the Family Court did not have jurisdiction over the child support claim because New York State did not recognize the non-biological mother as a parent of the child, the Appellate Division panel now endorsed the use of the doctrine of equitable estoppel to resolve the case. In the Matter of H.M. v. E.T., 2007-09323 (Aug. 3, 2010).”


  • Posted: 08/05/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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Mosque is no way to “build bridges”

MA gov Deval Patrick backs NYC mosque plan

Case highlights inconsistency between N.Y. statutory rape laws, federal child porn laws

Bloomberg lauds religious liberty established by Christian founders; others challenge mosque intentions

    The Wall Street Journal has the full text of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “speech following a vote that clears most major hurdles for the construction of a planned mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero”: “Of all our precious freedoms, the most important may be the freedom to worship as we wish. And it is a freedom that, even here in a City that is rooted in Dutch tolerance, was hard-won over many years . . . with or without landmark designation, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the owners from opening a mosque within the existing building. The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship . . . The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right – and if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.” | Via Religion Clause


  • Posted: 08/04/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Group to fight vote clearing way for NYC mosque

Hugh Hewitt: The Ground Zero mosque – why or why not?

9/11 memorial pledged as part of mosque plan

ACLU praises Muslim center near Ground Zero

New York mosque controversy fires up national campaign

ACLJ poised to file court challenge to proposed Ground Zero mosque after NYC declines to landmark historic building

NYC Commission OKs Ground Zero Mosque

Frank Gaffney: On “bashing” Muslims

    Frank Gaffney writing at Townhall: “In fact, it is not ‘bashing’ all Muslims if one points out that the comprehensive doctrine to which some of them adhere is a threat to our liberties, our government and our way of life. Objectively, that is the case; a global theocracy – the end-state commanded by Shariah – administering a severely repressive, even barbaric criminal code aimed at enforcing submission by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.”


  • Posted: 08/03/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Cal Thomas: Gingrich properly sounded the alarm about radical Islam in the U.S.

“The only man who can stop the mosque madness”

NYC police to increase mosque patrols during Ramadan holiday for 800,000+ Muslims

ACLJ asks commission to make N.Y. building a landmark to keep mosque from being built

“The truth behind the mosque at Ground Zero”

Summer jobs in N.Y. legal market lowest since 1991

    Law.com: “The city’s legal services sector, largely comprised by law firms, added 1,600 jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May. But the numbers are below the 2,600 jobs added in June 2009 and below the decade average of 2,800 during the period when many law firms are adding summer associates. There were 79,800 total jobs in the legal section.”


  • Posted: 07/26/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Staten Island Catholic Church board blocks sale of old convent building for Muslim mosque

Newt Gingrich statement on the proposed “Cordoba House” mosque near Ground Zero

“House of prayer near Ground Zero? Yes!”

Opposing view on religious freedom: Stop the mosque

Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero

NY Congressman Raises Questions about Ground Zero Mosque

Muslims seek to add holidays on NY school calendar

NYC mayor: Investigating mosque is un-American

Finding Former Lesbian Partners Were Family Members, Brooklyn Judge Dismisses Petition to Reclaim Apartment After Split-Up

    Leonard Link: “New York City Civil Court Judge Laurie L. Lau ruled on June 2 that the owner of a four-apartment building in Brooklyn could not treat her former same-sex partner as a mere “licensee” who could be forced to vacate the apartment in which they had lived together at the owner’s option, since they were “family” members under the precedent of the 1989 New York Court of Appeals decision, Braschi v. Stahl Associates. Phelps v. Ray-Chaudhuri, No. 54177/10 (N.Y.City Civ. Ct., Kings Co., June 2, 2010) (NYLJ, 7/8/2010, p. 29).”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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Alan E. Sears: In Brooklyn, college officials give conservative students a Bronx cheer

NY: “With blitz of mailings, gay rights group puts Stachowski on hit list”

    The Buffalo News: “A gay rights group is joining the campaign against Democratic State Sen. William T. Stachowski of Lake View by blanketing Erie County voters with a mailing that urges his defeat. … The flier makes no specific mention of Stachowski’s vote against legalizing same-sex marriage but indicates that his re-election would not be expected to yield a different result. However, an e-mail accompanying the announcement of the campaign and seeking financial support said Stachowski has consistently voted against the interests of the gay community.”


  • Posted: 07/07/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.buffalonews.com

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Plans for mosques divide New Yorkers

    Washington Times: “Three separate plans to build Muslim worship centers in New York City have proven more difficult and contentious than expected, igniting protests by local residents and anti-jihad activists and prompting charges of ‘Islamophobia’ and bigotry. The three projects raise different sets of issues, are set in three different boroughs, and all are still in the planning stages. But together, they show that whether its logistical concerns about neighborhood traffic and changing demographics, the sanctity of the World Trade Center site, or back-yard politics — building a mosque in New York is not like building a pizza parlor.”


  • Posted: 07/06/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Cuomo: Same-sex “marriage” can pass in 2011

New York Legislature passes no-fault divorce

NYPD removes child porn video from servers

New York public schools top nation in per-student spending

NY: Pagan sect fights town for religious property status

NY: Little noticed budget provision expands “gay marriage” recognition

“Gay pride marchers celebrate with parades, parties”

Free speech an issue again at NY community college

No-fault divorce: Let’s call the whole thing off

NY Senate approves school anti-bullying bill

“NY bill would allow married gay couples to file jointly”

Prosecutors Using Broad Definition of Hate Crimes

New York’s Legislature Is on the Brink of Adopting True No-Fault Divorce: What the Change Would Mean for Unhappy Couples

    Findlaw (AP): “Last week, however, the New York Senate passed a divorce reform bill, by a vote of 32-27, which would dramatically reform the law. Senate Bill 3890 would allow divorce based on the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, regardless of whether either party had committed a particular kind of marital fault . . . In this column, I’ll explain what changes the bill would bring about, what problems it will hopefully remedy, and whether there are likely to be any adverse consequences of the new law.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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“Community College still limits students’ free speech on gay marriage!”

NY: Abortion Supporters Squabble Over Bill

Planned mosque near NY’s Ground Zero sparks debate

    Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65K5Y720100621?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true: “Plans for mosques in New York’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs also are hitting opposition, with neighbors worried about potential extremism. ‘In the beginning, it will be peaceful, but we just don’t know what they will be taught there and that bothers us,’ said Alex Davidson, 62, a repair man who lives near the proposed Brooklyn mosque. He said: “If you look at the statistics, most terrorists are Muslim.’”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.reuters.com

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“As midterms near, gay rights activists press same-sex marriage issue”

NY’s Kingsborough Comm. College finds another way to restrict student speech

David French: Arab money trumps diversity

RLUIPA Lawsuit Filed By Hasidic Group Against New York Village

NYC Department of Education proposes to suspend students that are caught ‘sexting’

RLUIPA Suits Settled– Shabbos House OK’d; Prayer Breakfast Will Move

Is New York Ready for No-Fault Divorce?

NY: Senate Dems press no-fault divorce, other marriage bills

NY: Court and DOJ order 6 votes for each voter

    ” . . . Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/15/2010
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  • Category: Featured

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NY: Boy can wear rosary to Schenectady school through Sept. 10, court agrees

NY attorney general warns teen social networking website

$1 In Damages Awarded In Claim That Police ID Card Contained Mark of the Beast

NY: ’10,000′ throng to stop Ground Zero mosque

NY: Activists slam archdiocese for banning sex education at Clinton school

NY: Local man’s child porn case goes to U.S. Supreme Court

NY: Senate Judiciary Committee Rejects “Bathroom Bill”

NY: Slow start for same-sex vows

NY: State’s highest court upholds merger of two Bronx courts

NY to begin conducting same-sex civil ceremonies Thursday

Another lawsuit in battle between neighboring Hasidic synagogues

NY judge allows student to return to school, wear Rosary

Law Review: Alternatives for Adult Uses Required When Town is Sued

    Alternatives for Adult Uses Required When Town is Sued
    Anthony S. Guardino, 5/26/2010 N.Y.L.J. 5, (col. 2)

    “The particular issue in TJS was whether the constitutionality of a zoning ordinance should only be evaluated with regard to the ‘alternative avenues of communication‘ the ordinance left open at the time it was passed, or those it left open at the time it was challenged. In TJS, the Second Circuit held that the First Amendment required courts to consider the adequacy of alternative sites available when the ordinance was challenged. Although the ruling necessitates further proceedings in the district court in the TJS case, it also may signal the coming end of a more-than-15-year-battle over a topless bar in the Town of Smithtown on Long Island.” | TJS of New York, Inc. v. Town of Smithtown, No. 08-2789-cv (2nd Cir. March 10, 2010) [CDC Abstract]


  • Posted: 06/02/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Equal Rights Amendment Rides Again

    NY Family Research Foundation: “In the early 1970’s, abortion-rights advocates urged passage of an amendment to the US Constitution known as the Equal Right Amendment (ERA). The amendment would have guaranteed equal rights under any federal, state, or local laws regardless of a person’s sex. In 1972, the ERA passed both houses of Congress, yet the ERA ultimately failed to obtain the ratification (approval) of 37 states that is necessary to amend the US Constitution before the June 30, 1982 deadline. Since the measure failed, most people thought this was the end of it, but it isn’t. On July 21, 2009, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the ERA in the House of Representatives. Additionally, some states continue to try to pass state-level equal rights amendments. New York is one of those states . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nyfrf.org

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NY: “Bathroom Bill” Empowers Predators

    NY Family Research Foundation: Both houses of the New York State Legislature have introduced a bill known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). GENDA is often referred to as the “Bathroom Bill” because it would allow any man who says he feels like a woman trapped in a man’s body access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. That name has gotten some traction, causing many advocates in the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community much consternation.


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nyfrf.org

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