Stanford, marriage, and abortion controversies, and the mission of a university

Tennessee governor appeals same-sex “marriage” order

Brief: Oklahoma marriage amendment harms couples, children | AP

Volokh and Shapiro: Choosing what to photograph is a form of speech

Legal brief in support of same-sex “marriage” to be filed | Tulsa World

Notre Dame panel addresses Catholic marriage

    The Observer: “On Monday evening, the Tocqueville Program, the Institute for Church Life, the Gender Relations Center and the Center for Ethics and Culture sponsored a panel discussion entitled ‘Marriage, the Church, and the Common Good: Philosophical, Pastoral, and Social Reflections.’ The panel featured Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, Ron Belgau and Jennifer Roback Morse, who discussed evolving views on sexuality and challenges people face in modern marriages.”


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ndsmcobserver.com

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The liberal culture war hangover

    Rachel Lu at The Federalist: “We are reaching the point in the liberal narrative when dissipating bigotry is supposed to usher naturally in a gloriously transformed social order. Instead we’re bickering over whether Christian bakers should have to cater same-sex weddings, with a large number of Americans expressing sympathy to their cause. Progressives are beginning to sense that their narrative is based on a heavily strained analogy between racism (which really does attach exaggerated importance to minor and morally insignificant differences) and heteronormativity (which recognizes truly that men and women are not the same, and that their differences are very much consequential to romance).”


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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A Comparative Analysis of Laws Pertaining to Same-Sex Unions

Extend to marriage supporters the same rights Guinness exercised today

Heritage panel: Personal opinion no excuse to abandon marriage laws

    Heritage: “Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost the Virginia governor’s race in November, joined two other legal experts at a Heritage event examining what they regard as a disturbing trend: the willingness of state attorneys general to heed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s advice – and example – by refusing for political reasons to enforce or defend laws with which they disagree. The Friday afternoon event, called ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ also featured Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, and Ed Whelan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.”


  • Posted: 03/17/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Alabama same-sex couple denied divorce will pursue court fight

Utah brief: Marriage ruling “a judicial wrecking-ball”

International Christian School in China bans faculty same-sex relationships

Judge: Tenn. must recognize 3 same-sex “marriages”

Indiana: Same-sex couple denied cake by bakery, owners speak out

Lawyer in common law divorce suit challenges SC marriage amendment

    WYFF: “A lawsuit filed in Greenville this week could challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Cathy Swicegood, of Mauldin, is seeking a divorce from her female partner of 13 years. But because Swicegood was never legally married, she has no legal protections under South Carolina law . . . ‘We are seeking the courts to issue an order that says both South Carolina laws that ban same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, not only under the South Carolina constitution, but more importantly under the United States constitution,’ he said.”

    South Carolina Amendment 1


  • Posted: 03/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Denny Burk: Why the GOP is embracing same-sex “marriage”

South Dakota couple prepares to challenge marriage amendment

Kentucky governor hires outside counsel for same-sex “marriage” appeal

Federal lawsuit challenges Arizona marriage amendment

UK: Registration opens for first same-sex “marriages”

ACLU sues Florida seeking recognition of out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

Stanford Graduate Student Council denies funding for event including Ryan T. Anderson, Kellie Fiedorek

Michael Dorf: Why the SCOTUS should deny cert in Elane Photography

“Heightened scrutiny” law of the land under 9th Circuit

Montana Supreme Court rules on Lutheran Church property dispute

Richard Land: A modest proposal on same-sex “marriage” and religious liberty

    Richard Land: “I would propose no law allowing cafes, restaurants, bakeries, or photographers, etc. to refuse to serve the LGBT community if they offer their services to the public. On the other hand, there should be laws protecting them from being coerced to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies. Surely, fair-minded people can see the difference between serving a couple in a restaurant or making them a cake and being forced to cater a same-sex wedding reception.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Judge: Same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

Utah’s decision to freeze same-sex “marriages” debated in court

Pew: “61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage”

Methodist bishop to end trials for ministers who perform same-sex weddings

Albert Mohler interview on the redefinition of marriage

Kansas House bill would ban “discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity”

Oregon AG issues ballot title for religious liberty initiative

Ross Douthat: As goes Andrew Sullivan, so goes pluralism

God and sexuality at Bowdoin

Mary Eberstadt: Progressivism’s war on winners

Pharmaceutical company won’t appeal 9th Circuit “sexual orientation in jury selection” ruling

Doug Mainwaring: The incremental totalitarianism of the push for same-sex “marriage”

Ramesh Ponnuru: The anti-discrimination regime undermines liberty

Hawaii Rep. opposes SPLC “tolerance” training program for teachers

9th Circuit to hear Nevada marriage case next month

4th Circuit to follow expedited schedule for Virginia marriage case

Windsor: the new distortion factor | Walter Weber

Arizona legislators defend support for SB 1062

Judge: Michigan marriage ruling within two weeks

Canadian same-sex “marriage” to be recognized in Britain

Georgia religious liberty bill dies

Senate Bill 1062 debate a political milestone

Lesbian couple accuses Vermont town of discrimination

Same-sex “marriage” tests state Attorneys General

Indiana couples file federal lawsuit to recognize same-sex “marriage”

Santorum: I’d absolutely vote for Arizona religious liberty bill (video)

Heritage event on state AG’s failure to defend marriage laws

Fate of Michigan marriage amendment now rests with federal judge

Sarah Posner and Matthew Lee Anderson discuss religious liberty on Bloggingheads.tv

Damon Linker: “Who are the real gay marriage bigots?”

    Damon Linker at The Week: “[G]ay marriage has gone from being an oxymoron to a lived reality in several states and an institution accepted by majorities or pluralities in most demographic categories. If that isn’t a cultural revolution, then nothing is. . . . And yet, that appears to be insufficient for some gay marriage proponents. They don’t just want to win the legal right to marry. They don’t just want most Americans to recognize and affirm the equal dignity of their relationships. They appear to want and expect all Americans to recognize and affirm that equal dignity, under penalty of ostracism from civilized life.”


  • Posted: 03/07/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: theweek.com

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When is refusing service legal and when is it discrimination? | Inside Tucson Business

Transgender athlete sues CrossFit for banning her from competing as female

Florida: federal judge denies motion to dismiss Gay-Straight Alliance suit

Public accommodations provision in Md. transgender rights bill draws outcry

Craig James’ religious discrimination claim to be investigated in Texas

“Boston St. Pat’s parade rescinds invite to gay group”

Nigeria vows to resist same-sex “marriage” pressure

Amnesty International campaign to promote “abortion and homosexuality”

Seattle: Former vice principal fired for same-sex “marriage” to file lawsuit

Priebus: March for Life a wake-up call for GOP

The unintended foreign policy consequences of the homosexual agenda

Ross Douthat: Believers should prepare more for disfavor than for persecution

    Ross Douthat at The New York Times: “The reality . . . is that there are all kinds of ways that church and state can tangle . . . that don’t fall into a ‘Canossa or the catacombs’ binary. I don’t know what religious life in the United States will look like in fifty years if current trends . . . accelerate, but I do know that beliefs can be pressured without being persecuted; disfavored without being explicitly discriminated against; challenged without being subjugated. And preparing for that complexity, rather than for a perfectly clarifying, ‘all priests to jail’ moment, seems to me to be the task facing believers now.”


  • Posted: 03/06/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: douthat.blogs.nytimes.com

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Three reasons religious liberty laws are nothing like Jim Crow

How gender-neutral Bible translations prepared the way for Christian acceptance of same-sex “marriage”

    Louis Markos at The Imaginative Conservative: “I would propose a third cause for why so many Bible-believing Christians are embracing, or at least not openly opposing, the eventual legalization of marriage between people of the same sex. They are doing so because the ground has been carefully laid and watered by a subtle but pervasive change in our cultural perceptions of men and women. Rather than identify, nurture, and celebrate masculinity and femininity as distinct but complementary God-given realities, our culture has been coaxed—by forces within the public school system, the media, the academy, and (alas) the seminary—to view boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives as ultimately interchangeable.”


  • Posted: 03/06/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theimaginativeconservative.org

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