Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
LA Times: As one of her last acts before she took her own life, Brittany Maynard talked by telephone with California Gov. Jerry Brown about her desire to see her home state adopt an aid-in-dying law, her husband says.
The Daily Signal: The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that the government agency responsible for enforcing Oregon’s anti-discrimination law appears to be working closely with a powerful gay rights advocacy group in its case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
The Christian Post: Oregon is expected to join California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in enacting a ban on sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors.
Missouri Family Policy Council: Concerned Christians around the country are rallying around an Oregon couple who have operated a bakery who are being punished by the government for standing firm in their Christian convictions. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, have been assessed a crushing punitive fine of $135,000 by a state administrative law judge.
Wall Street Journal (Access via Google): On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that asks whether the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry. Four days before the hearing, in Oregon, an administrative-law judge proposed a $135,000 fine against Aaron and Melissa Klein, proprietors of the Sweet Cakes bakery in Gresham, for the “emotional distress” suffered by a lesbian couple for whom the Kleins, citing their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, had declined to bake a wedding cake in 2013.
GoFundMe bans fundraising for religious business owners charged by state for refusing to cater a gay wedding
HotAir: Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorney representing Arlene’s Flowers, said in an interview Tuesday that GoFundMe’s decision to drop the page, even though Ms. Stutzman has not been charged with a crime, raises questions as to whether GoFundMe is discriminating on the basis of religion.
The Weekly Standard: In January 2013, Rachel Cryer and her mother walked into Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, and tried to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, the co-owner (and Melissa’s husband), was informed Cryer would be marrying another woman.
Religion News Service (Reuters): An Oregon judge has ruled that the owners of a Portland-area bakery who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple should pay the couple $135,000 in damages, state officials said Tuesday.
The Christian Institute: A Christian-run bakery in the US may have to pay $135,000 in damages for declining to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
WND: Their pro-bono attorney is Anna Harmon of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a consortium of attorneys fighting for religious liberty. D. James Kennedy and others founded it in 1994.
Daily Signal: Less than a day after a donation fund was set up for the Oregon bakers who the state recommended be fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, the crowdfunding website, GoFundMe, has shut it down.
The Daily Signal: An Oregon administrative law judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000.
Mother Jones: Here’s how quickly the prospect of expanding abortion rights can kill a piece of legislation: In February, a group of state lawmakers introduced a bill that would require insurers to cover the full spectrum of women’s reproductive services at an affordable price. Just two months later, the same lawmakers have killed the bill. The section calling for abortion coverage proved just too controversial.
RH Reality Check: An Oregon bill that would have codified the right to affordable, full-spectrum reproductive health care was killed by the state’s Democratic leadership last week because of a provision that would have increased access to abortion.
Ex-NFL player who claims he was fired from broadcasting job over his views on homosexuality delivers passionate religious freedom speech
The Blaze: The owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, an Oregon bakery at the center of national controversy for declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, and Craig James, the former NFL and sportscaster who claims he was fired from Fox Sports Southwest over his opposition to homosexuality, have something in common: they’re refusing to back down.
Christian Today: Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the country’s first openly bisexual mayor when she is sworn in on Wednesday.
Religion News Service: On Feb. 4, Covenant officials told Phillips they were dropping support for Christ Church because of his “personal convictions and advocacy for the full inclusion and participation of LGBT Christians in the church at all levels of membership and leadership,” he said in a statement.
National Review: If California’s assisted suicide numbers were the same as Oregon’s, more than 1000 people would commit assisted suicide each year. That’s roughly 85 a month, or nearly 3 every day.
The Daily Signal: The owners of an Oregon bakery who declined to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding celebration were found guilty last week of violating the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Baptist Press: “The city fired him for nothing other than his faith, and that’s not constitutional,” ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said in a written statement.
The Oregonian: An administrative law judge has rejected an attempt by lawyers representing the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa to dismiss the case and award them $200,000 for damages, court costs and attorney fees.
Christian Examiner: The Christian couple who declined to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple in 2013 were found guilty of unlawful discrimination by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries January 29.
Reuters: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in the Portland area, might have to pay fines of $75,000 or more to two women to whom it refused service in 2013, a Bureau of Labor and Industries administrative judge ruled last week. A hearing to determine the damages is set for March 10.
USA Today: An Oregon bakery discriminated against a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Monday.
Newsmax: An Oregon bakery that refused on religious grounds to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws because the shop is not a registered religious institution, state officials said on Monday.
The Washington Times (AP): Hundreds of people attended a pro-life rally Sunday in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.
World Magazine:Over the last few years, WORLD has reported on several Christian-owned businesses across the country approached by homosexual couples to provide services for their weddings. In all cases, the owners declined to work with the couples, stating their religious beliefs prevented participation in same-sex ceremonies. The couples sued, alleging discrimination. Here’s an update on where their cases stand as 2015 gets underway.
One News Now: In light of a high-profile, media-hyped assisted suicide in recent days, a Christian apologist says moral principles – not emotions – should prevail when people face life-ending decisions.
Life News: NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both led their broadcasts on Monday with euthanasia advocate Brittany Maynard’s drug-induced suicide. The morning shows’ anchors sang the praises of the “beautiful, brave young woman,” as Gayle King labeled Maynard.
Time: Long before the world knew of Brittany Maynard’s wrenching decision to end her own life Saturday at 29 rather than continue treatment for terminal brain cancer, Eli Stutsman, an Oregon lawyer, began meeting with a group of physicians and businesspeople in Portland who shared his belief that the terminally ill should be able to decide how and when to die.
These women begged Brittany Maynard not to choose an earlier death. And they will die with dignity, too
The Daily Signal: Brittany Maynard has died. Maynard, 29, died as she said she would in her video released last month: at the time of her choosing, an option she had because of her move to Oregon, a state with right-to-die laws. Maynard, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, used her last month to advocate for “death with dignity.”
Public Discourse: From an issue-framing perspective, Brittany Maynard’s sudden emergence as the face and voice of the campaign to legalize assisted suicide could be considered a textbook example.
Life News: Brittany Maynard has officially decided to delay her decision to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1. She says it “doesn’t seem like the right time now” to end her life.
The Washington Post: Brittany Maynard’s decision of whether to end her own life, before an aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer destroys the quality of her life, isn’t made lightly. The 29-year-old knows she doesn’t have long to live, and her final days may be filled with suffering — losing her ability to speak and control her own body.
Public Discourse: We ought to demonstrate compassion for Brittany Maynard, but we must not allow our compassion to obscure the nature of her choice—or the consequences that legal acceptance of a legal right to kill has for those left behind.
One News Now: “All they do is cabin speech into these small boxes on campus so that students really have very little rights to speak, which is unfortunate, and it’s downright censorship,” David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom submits.
University students threatened by officials for distributing U.S. Constitution copies outside of controversial “free speech zone”
HNGN: “Caging students in censorship zones flies in the face of the First Amendment and undermines the reason for education,” David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Campus Reform. “Colleges and universities are and should be the marketplace of ideas, and the Constitution protects the speech rights of everyone, not just groups or students that a few university officials personally choose.”
Campus Reform: “Caging students in censorship zones flies in the face of the First Amendment and undermines the reason for education,” David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Campus Reform.
Christian News Network: The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon state that they will be forced into bankruptcy if the government stands by its imposition of a fine in excess of $150,000 after the couple declined to make a “wedding” cake for a lesbian because they viewed it as a form of personal participation in the event.
Life News: Pro-life teacher Bill Diss, who had the audacity to tell Planned Parenthood that they were not allowed in his classroom and was fired by his school district as a result, has filed a lawsuit against the school district.
The Washington Times: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt same-sex weddings in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers whether a group opposed to gay marriage can intervene in the case.
Life News: Today, thrilling news came from America’s supposedly most pro-abortion state (the only one without a single restriction on abortion): Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is closing two clinics in Oregon and one in southernmost Washington.
SCOTUS Blog: Kept out of a case on the constitutionality of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, a private group and its members asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to impose at least a temporary halt on such marriages in that state while the group seeks to appeal on its desire to take part.
The Washington Times: A federal judge based in Eugene on Monday struck down a voter-approved measure that defined marriage in the state as a union between one man and one woman.
Yahoo News: Appeals court denies group’s request for emergency stay blocking Oregon gay marriage ruling.
NOM Blog: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today filed an emergency appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the higher court to stay the same-sex marriage proceedings in Eugene so that NOM can argue that it should have been granted intervention status in the case in order to present a legitimate defense of the marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Christian News Network: Officials in an Oregon county have canceled their contract with the internationally-recognized medical waste Stericycle following reports that an area power plant has been burning aborted babies in their incinerators to generate electricity.
One News Now: Apparently only one side of the argument will be heard in a legal challenge to Oregon’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Via Oregon Live: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says in a new legal filing that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane should reject the National Organization for Marriage’s “unreasonably delayed” attempt to intervene in the gay marriage lawsuit. Rosenblum, who has joined …
Following a LifeNews report that received national attention, the Marion County Board of Commissioners issued a statement indicating it will temporarily halt all burning of “medical waste” while it investigates. Today the Marion County Board of Commissioners is holding an emergency meeting to determine how the Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility was authorized to burn medicate “waste” that includes the remains of aborted babies.
“For the first time ever in the history of oral arguments for marriage litigation, not a single attorney will speak out in favor of marriage ban. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum announced in February the state wouldn’t defend the law in court on the basis that the marriage ban cannot withstand judicial scrutiny “under any standard of review.””
The Oregonian: “Unlike the five federal judges who have struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriages in other states in recent months, McShane won’t have anyone in the courtroom defending Oregon’s constitutional ban when he holds oral arguments Wednesday. And, unlike the other judges, McShane also happens to be one of just nine openly gay members of the federal judiciary, according to the Human Rights Campaign.”
KATU News: “Students wearing anti-gay T-shirts to class disrupted Oregon City High School’s celebration of unity Friday. Friday was National Day of Silence. It’s where students take some form of silence to call attention to the bullying of the LGBT community in schools.”
Transgender student files complaint against Christian college after being told he can’t live in male dorms
KGW: “A transgender student has filed a complaint against George Fox University after officials said he couldn’t live with other men on campus during the upcoming school year.”
The Oregonian: “Recently, neighbors found Facebook postings by owner Chauncy Childs that brought them up short. She wrote a long post about her opposition to same-sex marriage, complaining that ‘a tiny minority is dictating a change of our social structure.’ She also posted an article, written by someone else, supporting the right of businesses to refuse to serve gay people.”
ABC 9: “‘This was a classic case of censorship,’ said David Hacker, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, who is representing the newspaper in the case. ‘The problem is that Oregon State University didn’t do this to any of the other newspapers on campus.’”
Oregon State pays six-figure settlement after confiscating newspaper boxes | Student Press Law Center
Student Press Law Center: “David Hacker, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney representing The Liberty, said this was ‘classic censorship’ and a victory for student press rights. It’s a lesson to academic officials: Censorship will cost you, Hacker said.”
Oregon Public Broadcasting: “Dave Hacker is an attorney for the plaintiffs. ‘The university has done the right thing, not only by changing its unconstitutional policy, but also by compensating the students for the violation of their First Amendment freedoms.’”
Oregon State University pays $101,000 to settle First Amendment lawsuit over trashed student newspaper | The Oregonian
The Oregonian: “‘We hope this case will encourage public officials everywhere to respect the freedom of students to engage in the marketplace of ideas that a public university is supposed to be,’ David Hacker, lawyer for The Liberty’s staff, said in a written statement.”
Oregon State University has paid $101,000 in attorneys’ fees and damages in the wake of a lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom won on behalf of students in 2012. A document filed with a federal district court Wednesday ends the case in accord with a settlement agreement that resolves the remaining issues between the university and the students.
Associated Press: “Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon have asked a federal judge to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state’s ban.”
The Oregonian: “At this point, all of the parties in the case are telling McShane that Oregon’s ban violates the federal equal protection rights of same-sex couples. Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who has tracked same-sex marriage cases nationally, said that means there’s nobody with the legal standing to appeal McShane’s ruling if he strikes down Oregon’s prohibition on gay marriages. . . . Tim Nashif, a board member of the Oregon Family Council, one of the leading groups opposing same-sex marriage in the state, said a county clerk would ‘probably have the best chance of intervening and getting into the case.’”
The Oregonian: “The attorney general issued a ballot title for the initiative that basically adopts the wording sought by opponents. Friends of Religious Freedom, the group sponsoring the proposed ballot measure, complained that the attorney general adopted unfair wording that stigmatized the measure.”
The Register-Guard: “A Portland cabdriver violated the rights of a lesbian couple he left on the side of a freeway last summer, state regulators said Tuesday. The state Bureau of Labor and Industries said an investigator found substantial evidence the driver stopped providing service because of the couple’s sexual orientation.”
Denny Burk: “The Klein’s have lost their storefront. The penalties they are facing may drive them out of business. Even though they have served gay people in their store, they are now being branded as hateful and intolerant bigots. I ask you. Who in this scenario needs protection?”
The Oregonian: “Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a legal filing Thursday that she will not defend the state’s ban on gay marriage and argued that the ban ‘cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.’”
The Columbian: “Senate Bill 5156, first introduced last year by state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, cleared the Senate Law and Justice Committee. The proposal was originally co-signed by 17 other senators, almost all of them Republicans. Among the other sponsors is Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center.”
Oregon Catalyst: “In the Reuters article, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom working to protect religious freedoms used the term ‘right of conscience.’ Working to protect our religious freedoms, our ‘right of conscience,’ is all the more important because we are in Oregon.”
Statesman-Journal: “The second highest ranking Republican in Oregon’s House has announced her support for overturning the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.”
Metro (Reuters): “But Jordan Lorence, a lawyer with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, who represents Elane Photography, said the First Amendment protects the right of people not to endorse messages with which they disagree.”
AP: “A federal judge in Eugene has consolidated two lawsuits alleging Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Michael McShane on Wednesday also set oral arguments for April 23.”