Austin Ruse: What makes a hate group according to the SPLC?

Maryland approves legislation to “protect transgender rights”

9th Circuit could reconsider whether “anti-gay” laws get more closely scrutinized by courts

Andrew Walker: World Vision and Biblical witness

    Andrew Walker at First Things: “Of all the back-and-forth that came from the World Vision imbroglio this week, there’s at least one other reason to be encouraged about their reversing course, aside from their board taking the necessary steps to correct a gravely wrong error. World Vision says something about evangelical identity. . . . Leaving aside the (valid) criticisms of para-church ministry structure and its lack of ecclesiological grounding, World Vision’s decision to reverse course from a patently unbiblical and patently unhistorical position, demonstrates that evangelicalism has boundary markers.”


  • Posted: 03/27/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Attorney sues for Puerto Rican recognition of Mass. same-sex “marriage”

Michigan won’t recognize same-sex “marriages”

World Vision reverses decision to hire Christians in same-sex “marriages”

Stanford marriage conference protested by LGBT students | Catholic San Francisco

Joseph La Rue: Understanding the impact of state religious freedom laws

Michigan AG: Defending traditional marriage is defending the state constitution

Thomas Berg: A substantial breakdown of consensus on RFRAs

6th Circuit panel extends freeze on Michigan same-sex “marriages”

Australia: “Parents group offended by religion teacher’s blog criticising gays”

Kevin D. Williamson on the right not to be implicated in liberal social preferences

Baton Rouge’s definition of “family” weighed by Louisiana Supreme Court

    Diana Samuels at The Times-Picayune: “The ordinance says that only a ‘single family’ may rent homes in A-1 zoning districts, the most common residential designation in Baton Rouge. The law defines family as ‘an individual or two or more persons who are related by blood, marriage or legal adoption.’ It restricts more than two unrelated people from renting a home together, and, if the owner of the property lives in the home, prohibits more than four unrelated people from living there. . . . It raises questions, for example, about the effect on gay and lesbian residents. A gay couple with a foster child wouldn’t be allowed to rent a home together under the law.”


  • Posted: 03/25/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Supreme showdown in religious freedom battle | WND

“Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine”

R. R. Reno on the real marriage inequality — between rich and poor

    R. R. Reno at First Things: “In sum: in America today the rich have the money and the social capital. They’ve got all the good jobs and the stable marriages that allow them to pass on those advantages to their children. This inequality is so extreme, that even the poor people who get and stay married are getting ground down. Sixty-five percent of rich white Americans self-report that they have happy marriages. Slightly more than 30 percent of poor Americans say the same. Again, that reflects a stark divergence as compared to earlier decades—another growing inequality.”


  • Posted: 03/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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US Supreme Court holds off deciding whether to hear NM photographer’s case

“What Judge Friedman learned about gay families from a lesbian law clerk”

Legal questions abound over same-sex “marriages” in Michigan

6th Circuit stays Michigan marriage ruling

Adam Liptak: Contraception ruling could have consequences for “gay rights”

Canada: “Catholic school student takes complaint of gay discrimination to human rights tribunal”

Federal judge strikes down Michigan marriage amendment

“Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddings” | USA Today

“Gay student says Missouri Baptist school denied readmission”

Mass. Senate passes updates to anti-bullying law

Federal judge denies Tennessee’s request for stay in marriage recognition case

Stanford relents, lifts “free speech tax” on pro-marriage conference

Federal judge could rule today in Michigan same-sex “marriage,” adoption case

Supreme Court faces wave of free-speech cases from conservatives | LA Times

Rod Dreher: Stanford’s Jim Crow speech tax

Stanford Anscombe Society demands tax on free speech be removed

Secretary Kerry: “US to send scientists to discuss homosexuality with Ugandan president”

Kentucky AG on refusal to defend marriage: “I wanted to be on the right side of history”

    Huffington Post: “Conway sat down with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, explaining that when the Kentucky and U.S. constitutions ‘were in conflict,’ he had to act in favor of the U.S. Constitution as ‘the ultimate law of the land.’ ‘I felt like that from a fiscal responsibility standpoint, I didn’t need to be wasting taxpayer resources in a lawsuit that we weren’t going to win or in an appeal that we weren’t going to win,’ Conway said. ‘For the sake of my daughter’s view on my public service in the future, I wanted to be on the right side of history.’”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Federal judge stays enforcement of Kentucky marriage ruling pending appeal

Primary victories for Illinois Republicans who backed redefinition of marriage

Arkansas: “School superintendent defends decision to censor gay student’s profile”

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”