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UK: My daughter’s boyfriend put pressure on her to have an abortion

The ‘Human Rights’ Juggernaut: Does the First Amendment protect wedding ­photographers? | Weekly Standard

    Mark Hemingway at Weekly Standard: For one thing, it’s hard to argue that wedding photographers provide the same service to all customers, as is typical under public accommodation laws. “When you order public accommodation, you have to sell your hamburgers to everybody, you have to rent your hotel rooms to everybody. That’s just a uniform product being sold to everyone without discrimination,” Jordan Lorence, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal group representing Elane Photography, told The Weekly Standard. “There are some commercial professions—like a videographer, a speechwriter, a website designer—where there’s no standard product. The product is inherently expressive. Then when you add to that a ceremony that’s expressing ideas, going to a wedding photographer and saying I want you to use your photojournalistic skills to tell the story of my event in the best way possible, you have this huge freedom of speech issue.” . . . Lorence’s use of the term “photojournalist” is also telling. Professional photojournalists sometimes moonlight as wedding photographers. It seems odd that First Amendment protections would apply to a person being paid to document events in some circumstances and not in others. “I think the New Mexico supreme court totally blew it, because they keep talking about photographers like they’re segregated lunch counters dispensing hamburgers,” said Lorence.

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US judge orders Christian photographers to shoot same sex ceremonies | Christian Concern

“Bottum’s Up on Same Sex Marriage” | Jennifer Roback Morse at Christian Post

Muslims paying Aborigines to convert to Islam, Rise Up candidate claims | Brisbane Times

“It is the price of citizenship”?—An elegy for religious liberty in America | Albert Mohler

Freedom: Another Casualty of the Gay Agenda | Frank Turek at Christian Post

UK Chief Rabbi links secularised society with breakdown of marriage

College debts delaying marriage for graduates

Religious compromise as “the price of citizenship” | Patheos

US photographer must shoot lesbian ceremony, says judge | Christian Institute

“Hawaii churches gather to oppose a gay marriage special session”

“Over half of all employers offer benefits to same-sex spouses, domestic partners, survey shows”

How to lose the fight over gay ‘marriage’ in one easy step | John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews

“Gay-marriage backers head to court”

“Court: Christian photographers cannot refuse gay ceremonies” | Catholic News Agency

NM High Court Rules Against Christian Photography Shop | MO FPC

“Christians Must Compromise Faith To Accommodate Others” Says NM Supreme Court

“The Elite Project of Gay Marriage” | R.R. Reno at First Things

Roped into prayer? Local chaplain offended by Christian content at Wild West show

What the Persecution will look like | Edward Mechmann at NY Catholic Archdiocese

A bad picture in New Mexico: State supreme court tramples Christian beliefs | Washington Times Editorial

Winnowing Down Religious Liberty | John Fund at NRO

Major tests on religion shaping up | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

“Christian Businesses Targeted Over Refusal to Serve Gay Weddings” | The New American”

New Mexico Court Forces Couple to Go Against Religious Beliefs

N.M. court reflects culture’s ‘seismic shift’ to sexuality-based ‘state-established religion’ | Baptist Press

Christian photogs must compromise beliefs |

At AP, New Mexico Ruling Against Photographer Who Refused Same-Sex Ceremony Work Not a National Story

Religious liberty: Where We Are Headed | Right Side News

NM Supreme Court to Christians: homosexual rights trump conscience | Examiner

Bishop backs rebellion over Guides godless oath

Will Religious Liberty Survive Same-Sex Marriage? | Jim Campbell NRO interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez

“Gov. Scott Walker’s take on gay marriage, ahead of Alabama speech”

‘Islam destroys democracy in France’

NM Supreme Court: Christian Photographers Must ‘Compromise’ Faith, Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’ | Christian News Network

“N.M. Supreme Court: Photographers Can’t Refuse Gay Weddings” | Christianity Today

“Photographers Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Court Rules” | WSJ

Losing the Battle. Winning… | RedState

“NM Supreme Court: Christian photographers must shoot gay ‘commitment ceremony’” | LifeSiteNews

“Court: Photographer who wouldn’t work a gay wedding violated anti-discrimination law” | ABA Journal

Refusal to photograph New Mexico same-sex couple ruled illegal | Townhall (Reuters)

“N.M. court: Christian conscience discriminates against gays” | World Magazine

“New Mexico Court: Christian Photographer Cannot Refuse Gay-marriage Ceremony” | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

The moment of truth is coming | Kelly Boggs at Baptist Press

“Court rules against photographer in gay bias case” | Santa Fe New Mexican (AP)

“Christian Photographer Loses Gay Wedding Case” | CBN

“NM Supreme Court: Christian Photographers Can’t Refuse Gay Weddings” | Christian Post

Religious Liberty, Artistic Freedom Rollback In New Mexico | Rod Dreher at the American Conservative

Judges order Christians to work for ‘gays’ | WND

UK: Christian Girl Guide leaders risk explusion for refusing to drop God from promise

New Mexico Photographer Loses Discrimination Case | Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy

NM Supreme Court to Christians: There is a ‘price’ for your beliefs

Via Surrogacy, Some Men Opt To Become Single Dads

Is marriage becoming a status symbol in America?

Common Core: A Threat to Catholic Education | Phyllis Schlafly at Crisis Magazine

Calif. moral drift ‘soon’ will be nationwide | BP on Townhall