Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
National Right to Life: On Tuesday, the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement voted in favor of Ohio Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (H.B. 135), 9-3 with bipartisan support.
Life News: An Ohio state legislative committee approved a pro-life bill today to ban abortions specifically done on unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome. The vote in favor of the measure sends the bill to the full Ohio state House for a vote.
Ohio Right to Life: Yesterday, the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement heard opposition testimony on our Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which protects pre-born babies from the discriminatory violence of abortion.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Erik Stanley asserts the government’s action violates the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUPA).
This Week News: “(Tree of Life) believes this site serves their purposes very well,” said Stanley, who works for Kansas-based Alliance Defending Freedom. “They continue to believe there was a series of miraculous circumstances that allowed them to purchase this building.
This Week: Erik Stanley, an attorney for Kansas-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Tree of Life, said he believes the judicial panel understood his argument that Tree of Life has been treated unequally.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley will be available for media interviews immediately following his oral argument Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit on behalf of an Ohio Christian school denied zoning approval to use its own new building.
WND: The Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation, have said: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so.”
This Week: Erik Stanley, an attorney for Kansas-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Tree of Life, did not return a call seeking comment on the hearing last week.
Religion Clause: In Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc. v. Cleveland Metropolitan School District, (6th Cir., March 20, 2015), the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction in a suit by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) which had claimed that it was entitled to a waiver of fees for use of school facilities for its Good News Club meetings. CEF claimed that the school system engaged in viewpoint discrimination by waiving fees for the Boy Scouts but not for CEF.
Western Journalism: A homosexual couple in Bexley, Ohio, made headlines recently after reacting to a local Christian business owner’s stance on gay marriage by filing a discrimination complaint with the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Perhaps, like me, you find it hard not to marvel at the determined effort by so many authorities throughout the U.S. to impose silence on any speech that might disagree with their policies, raise thoughtful questions, or simply provide information useful to voters, students, and other fellow citizens.
Fox 31 (CNN Wire): The incident comes on the heels of similar complaints from same-sex couples around the country claiming discrimination from wedding vendors. A bakery in Oregon was ordered to pay fines for violating a same-sex couple’s civil rights by refusing to cater their wedding.
The Washington Times (CNA): “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. The legal group had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with Susan B. Anthony List.
NPR: Of the million or so women who have abortions every year in the U.S., nearly a quarter end their pregnancy using medications. But just as states have been passing a record number of restrictions on surgical abortion, more are trying to limit this option as well.
The Global Dispatch: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “If the exposure of that fact was part of what cost Rep. Driehaus hisjob, that’s because his constituents, like most Americans, reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”
Life News: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “If the exposure of that fact was part of what cost Rep. Driehaus his job, that’s because his constituents, like most Americans, reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”
ADF Media: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Friday upheld a district court ruling that threw out a former congressman’s defamation lawsuit against the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List. Former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus filed the defamation case against SBA List after it publicized that his vote for Obamacare was a vote for taxpayer-funded abortion.
WCPO: A Cincinnati man is suing LA Fitness after he said operators of the gym in Oakley told him he was not allowed to pray in the locker room after his workout.
Raw Story: A Christian Fundamentalist who suspects Social Security numbers are the “mark of the beast” cannot sue for religious discrimination after he lost an internship over his beliefs, a federal court ruled.
FIRE: In a settlement signed today, Ohio University (OU) agreed to revise several policies that restricted free speech on campus rather than fight a student-led First Amendment lawsuit in court. This marks the fourth victory in a row for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project.
Federal appeals court says potential employee cannot claim religious exception to providing Social Security number
Cleveland.com: Even if you believe a Social Security number is connected to an evil, demonic being, a federal appeals court has again ruled that you still have to provide it to an employer to get hired.
National Right to Life: On Tuesday, Ohio Right to Life announced landmark legislation that will ban abortions in Ohio at 20 weeks gestation, the point during pregnancy at which pre-born children can feel pain. This legislation, which is similar to National Right to Life’s Pain-Capable legislation, will be introduced in the Ohio General Assembly in the coming weeks.
USA Today: Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, once an anti-abortion advocate, announced in a Wednesday op-ed that his views have shifted over a 14-year political career and he now supports abortion rights for women.
The Global Dispatch: “Public schools should be commended when they decline to give in to unfounded threats by those who misunderstand the First Amendment,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
WND: In a letter to the school board, ADF said it had learned that the atheist activist group Freedom from Religion Foundation recently asked the district to cancel an assembly by a Christian organization called Jubilee Gang. The group offers a secular program, with the religious components removed, that promotes honesty, integrity and good character. The district invited the group as part of its character-building education program.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The school and its district are standing by the clearly unconstitutional decision despite the fact that ADF attorneys sent a letter to the district explaining that the policy violates the First Amendment, which protects the students’ religious speech. ADF has since filed a lawsuit on Chase’s behalf.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent Licking Valley School District a letter Friday supporting its decision to allow an assembly promoting character development for students to proceed despite receiving a complaint from an atheist group that sought to stop it. Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that the non-religious assembly should be halted because the presenters are Christian.
Cincinnati.com: The federal judge overseeing the ongoing lawsuit over whether Cincinnati’s lone remaining abortion clinic can remain open recused himself from the case early Saturday because he had previously been involved with Planned Parenthood as a private attorney “to avoid even an appearance of impropriety.”
Life Site News: More troubling allegations of conflict-of-interest have emerged about U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black, the federal judge selected to hear a challenge to an Ohio pro-life law.
The Daily Signal: Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit overruled lower court decisions that had struck down state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Life News: Federal Court Judge Timothy Black, who formally served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, has been appointed to hear a suit brought by that same abortion facility challenging Ohio’s law that requires abortion clinic to maintain hospital transfer agreements.
CNN: “The people of every state should remain free to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws,” ADF senior counsel Byron Babione said in a statement.
The Christian Post: Byron Babione, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, argued that the Sixth Circuit decision was consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision Windsor vs. United States.
The New York Times: “The people of every state should remain free to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws,” said Byron Babione, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group that has argued several same-sex marriage cases. “As the Sixth Circuit rightly concluded, the Constitution does not demand that one irreversible view of marriage be judicially imposed on everyone.”
USA Today: Almost a year after a painting of Jesus was removed from a high school here, a sign showing the same image is on private property in view of the school.
The National Law Journal (accessible via Google): The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a divided panel decision reversing the convictions of 16 members of the Ohio Amish community who engaged in a series of hair-shearing and beard-cutting assaults against followers of the faith three years ago.
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.
Christian News Network: A Mennonite congregation in Ohio has voted to leave the Mennonite Church USA in part due to concerns over what it believes is a lack of discipline against those who engage in homosexual behavior.
Life News: New figures from the state of Ohio show abortions have declined to a historic low thanks to the work of pro-life laws that have resulted in shutting down abortion clinics that can’t protect women’s health and safety.
Christian News Network: The superintendent of a school district in Ohio has put an end to a prayer chain that had been running between a local principal and teachers at his school, which served as a means to support the sick and abused.
Life News: When last we wrote about Martin Haskell’s Sharonville, Ohio, abortion clinic, a judge had ruled that it is the Ohio Department of Health’s “sole discretion” whether it gives a variance to the requirement that abortion clinics have a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital in cases of emergency.
The Washington Times (AP): A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem cell research is “in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.”
Life News: Once again proving you don’t need an abortion ban to stop abortions, a pro-life law in Ohio has successfully stopped surgical abortions at a late-term abortion clinic that couldn’t comply with the health and safety measure to protect women and unborn children.
Christian News Network: A judge has ordered a notorious late-term abortionist in Ohio to close his facility once and for all, following months of legal disputes over the abortionist’s controversial abortion procedures and inadequate health standards.
The New York Times: The steady march of judicial approval for same-sex marriage over the past year ran into some skepticism here on Wednesday as a three-judge federal appeals panel heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from four states.
The Christian Post: The Ohio Department of Health has been cracking down on apparent abuses and violations at facilities that provide abortions.
LA Times: A federal appeals court in Cincinnati began hearing arguments Wednesday from six same-sex marriage cases that have worked their way up from lower cases in four states.
The Columbus Dispatch: A same-sex marriage showdown happens in Cincinnati on Wednesday as three federal appeals judges, including two Ohioans, hear marriage cases from Ohio and three neighboring states.
Cincinnati.com: Same-sex marriage is a novel concept that is not as old as Google or Facebook, yet it is leading some courts to re-imagine the rights endowed by the U.S. Constitution and re-write human history.
Operation Rescue: In a week that has seen three abortion facilities close across America, the Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes has issued a closure order to the Capital Care Network in Toledo, Ohio, which must shut down by August 12, 2014.
Ohio Right to Life: Today, Ohio Right to Life obtained documentation of enforcement actions against three abortion facilities by the Ohio Department of Health. Among them is a $25,000 fine issued to Planned Parenthood of Bedford Heights due to severe violations of health and safety standards. Such violations include the facility’s failure to adhere to infection control policies, including exposed urine samples.
Life News: More than four months after the avoidable death of Lakisha Wilson at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, there has been no action taken by the Cuyahoga County District Attorney, Timothy McGinty, despite repeated calls from pro-life groups for a criminal investigation.
The Christian Post: A bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature would allow for individuals of any religion, or none at all, to solemnize marriages in the state.
Life News: The abortion backer who attacked a pro-life teen in a profane rant captured on video yesterday is defending her actions and has no intention of apologizing.
Life News: A local judge in southwest Ohio has issued a ruling closing the abortion clinic run by infamous abortion practitioner Martin Haskell, credited with popularizing the partial-birth abortion procedure.
Life News: Operation Rescue has obtained the autopsy report of a woman who died from abortion complications that shows evidence of standard of care problems at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Life News: Today, a Hamilton County magistrate ruled to uphold the Ohio Health Department’s decision to close the Lebanon Road Surgery Center, Martin Haskell’s Sharonville abortion clinic, for failure to meet Ohio medical standards.
SCOTUS Blog: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, set to review a same-sex marriage case from each of the four states in its geographic area, will consider all four of them before the same three-judge panel on August 6, the court said in orders issued Monday.
Life Site News: We intend to enter the festival which is on the public streets and sidewalks of Troy, OH with a large life development display on Saturday. We will be joined by Created Equal to show the display and distribute literature. The Police Captain told me last night he does not care about that, only about the chalking. The Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have advised that we do not chalk for now and get the police to say on video that we are not permitted.
Life News: Last night some of our Stand True Missionaries and some of my children were approached by the Troy, Ohio Police Department while they were sidewalk chalking. We were told that we could not do this because Troy, OH passed a special law that is only in effect for four days to stop Stand True from sidewalk chalking.
Life News: The Cuyahoga Medical Examiner’s Office ruled today that a young woman died from complications due to a legal abortion she obtained at a Cleveland abortion clinic earlier this year.
The Columbus Dispatch: A federal judge has ruled that Upper Arlington did not discriminate against Tree of Life Christian Schools when it turned down its request to move its schools into a large office complex off Henderson Road.
On pro-life case involving Obamcare abortion funding, Supreme Court has free speech concerns | Christian Post
Napp Nazworth at the Christian Post: “While Supreme Court decisions are difficult to predict based upon the justices questions during oral arguments, all nine justices ‘seemed very concerned’ about the freedom of speech implications in the case, Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Christian Post Tuesday. Mattox was in the court audience.”