Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Life Site News: Six days before the Supreme Court hears what may be the definitive marriage case for the United States of America, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen and three other marriage experts described why the Court should rule in favor of marriage.
CBN News: Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases that will likely determine whether same-sex marriage will become a legal nationwide.
One News Network: In anticipation of next week’s Supreme Court hearings on same-sex “marriage,” Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is exhorting tens of thousands of pastors across the U.S. to champion biblical marriage from their pulpits this Sunday.
The American Conservative: Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College, spoke this morning to the Q Ideas conference here in Boston. He, and the college he leads, are under severe attack for holding to orthodox Christian teaching on LGBT. Gordon is Evangelical, but very far from a fundamentalist stronghold. Yet they are seen by many people — many powerful people — as a bastion of bigotry.
The Christian Institute: A Canadian author who was brought up by her homosexual father and his multiple partners has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage.
The Christian Institute:A website which helps married men and women have an affair has pledged to invest in the UK market because of its relaxed attitude towards infidelity.
YouTube (Alliance Defending Freedom): Kerri Kupec discusses the Colorado bakery debates on CBN.
Public Religion Research Institute: From the beginning, religious divides have been central to the same-sex marriage debate.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom is hosting a panel discussion Friday on the interests of children and the issue of same-sex marriage.
Religion News Service: When it comes to gay marriage, abortion, religious tension and other touchy issues today, we’re “there” for our friends, supportive rain or shine.
Public Discourse: Those suing to overturn state marriage laws are not merely asking the Court to recognize a new right. They are asking the Court to declare that the Constitution removes this issue from democratic deliberation.
Aleteia: The Pope also stressed that we must restore honor to marriage and the family or “children will come into the world increasingly uprooted” from the covenant between man and woman, and “even from the maternal womb.”
YouTube (Alliance Defending Freedom): Kristen Waggoner and Barronelle Stutzman talk about the Arlene’s Flowers case on The Dana Show on BlazeTV.
Life Site News: A related rally, sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom, will take place before the March. The NOM rally will begin at noon Eastern Time, with the March starting at 1:00 Eastern. The rally and March will be live-streamed by LifeSiteNews, the March for Marriage’s official media partner.
USCCB: The state has a compelling interest in maintaining marriage as it has been understood across faiths and cultures for millennia because it has a compelling interest in the well-being of children.
Barbwire: On the eve of arguments over marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court, religious and political leaders representing Evangelicals, Catholics, Orthodox Christian and Jewish communities have once again pledged their unity to stand in solidarity to marriage and the family.
Daily Signal: Advocates of same-sex marriage have skillfully rallied around the rhetoric of liberty, claiming that laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman curtail the liberty of gays and lesbians. While that claim makes for nice slogans—like “freedom to marry”—it is not grounded in reality.
The New York Times: John G. Kallam Jr., 67, carries a worn black Bible and another copy on his iPad, and believes Scripture is unequivocal.
Vatican Insider: At the General Audience the Pope said women’s mistrust is understandable and condemned male chauvinism and the exploitation of the female body in the media. He also sent out an appeal for Earth Day
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is asking you to join us in praying for the preservation and strengthening of marriage as oral arguments involving several cases on same-sex marriage are heard before the Supreme Court on April 28.
Religion News Service: To the greatest extent possible, people should not be compelled against their conscience to provide services for an event they do not support. Religious liberty is inviolable. Affirmation is not a civil right, and it cannot be coerced.
The Daily Signal: Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on same-sex marriage. In a panel this week at The Heritage Foundation, Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at Heritage, discussed why the states should be free to choose whether they recognize same-sex marriages.
Salon: If you truly support equality, you have to support the right of people whose ideas are different from yours to have those ideas and to express them.
CBN News: And the Alliance Defending Freedom points out that the American College of Pediatricians has filed a brief with other groups and scholars that argues “of the eight total large-scale studies that purport to evaluate the welfare of children raised by same-sex couples, the four most recent ‘find that children with same-sex parents suffer substantially reduced well-being.’”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom and The Heritage Foundation are co-sponsoring a debate Thursday on whether the U.S. Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges and three other marriage cases consolidated with it.
Public Discourse: Fewer than 9 percent of the countries belonging to the United Nations have redefined marriage to include same-sex relationships—and only one of those did so via its judiciary. A judicial redefinition of marriage would make the United States an extreme outlier on the global stage.
Aleteia: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Sunday that the Supreme Court should not interfere in states’ power to regulate marriage.
The Week: To this list of offenses — normally reserved only for bigots and criminals — we can now apparently add opposing same-sex marriage.
The Federalist: Natural-marriage defender Ryan T. Anderson has been disowned by his high school and shunned on MSNBC. But he deserves a fair hearing.
The Daily Signal: One week from today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about gay marriage. Here’s what you need to know.
The Federalist: Some children of gay parents, just like some gay people, do not support gay parenting or gay marriage. Male and female biology each provide something every child needs—together.
The Christian Institute: The Northern Ireland Assembly is to vote on redefining marriage at the end of the month, despite similar proposals having already been rejected three times in the last three years.
Public Discourse: More than fifty million people have, by their votes, demonstrated that they continue to understand the profound importance of marriage. They deserve better than to have the decision to protect or redefine marriage taken out of their hands by the Supreme Court.
Public Discourse: Same-sex parenting is not unique in the alternative family landscape. What is unique is encouraging an alternative parenting structure guaranteed to deny a child’s right to a biological parent.
The Daily Signal: For decades social science has found that there is an optimal family structure for a child’s intellectual, emotional and physical flourishing: being raised in a home by her biological, married parents.
SCOTUS Blog: Taken as a whole, the sixty-six legal briefs filed in defense of the four states’ bans on same-sex marriage show evident signs of trying mainly to satisfy Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
SCOTUS Blog: When the Supreme Court next week takes up what could be the decisive chapter in this constitutional saga, four states will urge the Justices to restore traditional state control over marriage laws, and begin the process of undoing at least some of the court rulings since Windsor.
SCOTUS Blog: With the Supreme Court assembling on April 28 to hear four combined cases on the issue, there are now thirty-six states in which same-sex couples may legally marry.
WND: The brief, filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, argues that those who want the court to redefine marriage to legitimize same-sex duos are incorrectly arguing for the highest level of court review.
Crisis Magazine: In a recent Crisis magazine column, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse—a valued leader in the pro-marriage and family movement—contends that “religious liberty arguments aren’t working” in the effort to retain marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In fact, she says the religious liberty argument in the marriage arena “weakens our case.” Instead, Dr. Morse argues, we should “argue against the Sexual Revolution because it has hurt people.”
First Things: There has been no want of “writing on the wall” about the upcoming cases on marriage. Justice Clarence Thomas could not help but remark on the point that a majority of his colleagues had already, and gracelessly, signaled their “intended resolution of that question.” And yet, writers and lawyers on both sides continue to expend their genius in writing briefs for the Court, clinging to the possibility that the words they set down may yet tip the balance.
National Law Journal (Subscription Required): In all, same-sex marriage opponents filed 64 amicus briefs. Combined with the 73 briefs in support and five expressing support for neither party, the justices—more likely their clerks—face a heavy lift reading 142 amicus briefs.
Free Times: On April 28, the Court will hear oral arguments on whether same-sex marriage should be legal across the country.
The Washington Post: Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule.
Alliance Defending Freedom: If there was ever a time to take a stand for marriage—this is it.
Christianity Daily: “The commission found that these three cake artists have the freedom to decline creating unique cake creations because the artists found the requests offensive,” said Jeremy Tedesco of the Alliance Defending Freedom. “But all Americans should be alarmed that the same commission determined that Jack doesn’t have that same freedom,” he said in reference to the ruling for Masterpiece Cakeshop.
American Clarion: “Marriage between a man and a woman is a universal good that diverse cultures and faiths have honored throughout the history of Western Civilization,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell. “How we treat marriage has societal consequences. The wisest course, as these briefs demonstrate, is for the court to resist demands to prematurely end the national debate over the future of marriage.”
YouTube (The Christian Institute): The Christian Institute News Bulletin covers Barronelle Stutzman’s case.
ADF Media: “Marriage between a man and a woman is a universal good that diverse cultures and faiths have honored throughout the history of Western Civilization,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell. “How we treat marriage has societal consequences. The wisest course, as these briefs demonstrate, is for the court to resist demands to prematurely end the national debate over the future of marriage.”
Jeremy Tedesco and Mark Silverstein debate religious freedom and discrimination with Ryan Warner (audio)
Public Discourse: The metamorphosis of marriage from a gendered to a genderless institution would send the message that society no longer needs men to bond to women to form well-functioning families or to raise happy, well-adjusted children. That would be bad news for children of heterosexuals on the margins: the poor, the relatively uneducated, the irreligious, and others who are susceptible to cultural messages promoting casual or uncommitted sex.
Associated Press: Guam’s attorney general directed officials to immediately begin processing same-sex marriage applications Wednesday, putting the island on course to be the first U.S. territory to allow gay nuptials.
Family Studies: Preparing for Tax Day, which was yesterday, brings up a lot of questions in any household: Where did I leave my W-2? Should we itemize our deductions? Why didn’t we hire someone to take care of this, anyway?
National Law Journal: A federal judge in Alaska on Wednesday awarded $127,000 to the solo practitioners and small-firm attorneys who successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The amount was more than $100,000 less than the lawyers requested.
The Washington Post (AP): The 70-year-old grandmother who owns a flower shop in Washington state and became a national figure for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding says she was surprised her actions gained such notoriety and had often done business with the gay couple, whom she considered friends.
Public Discourse: A group of distinguished conservative public servants, policy makers, and political operatives has signed an amicus brief saying the US Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage. They argue that this is the truly conservative position—but it takes quite a bit of logical contortion to accept their argument.
Charisma News: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco agrees: “We commend the commission for reaching the right conclusion that these cake artists should not be forced to violate their conscience, but clearly the commission should have done the same for Jack Phillips. The commission found that these three cake artists have the freedom to decline creating unique cake creations because the artists found the requests offensive, but all Americans should be alarmed that the same commission determined that Jack doesn’t have that same freedom. Like the other bakers, Jack happily serves all people but declines to use his artistic talents to create cakes that violate his conscience. The commission’s inconsistent rulings mean that the owners of these three cake shops may run them according to their beliefs, while Jack cannot. He risks losing his life-long business altogether if he continues to run it consistent with his faith. Such blatant religious discrimination has no place in our society.”
Colorado Public Radio: Ryan Warner discusses the debate with Mark Silverstein, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, and Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel for the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal non-profit.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): The baker wars moved to a new stage last week. It seems that liberty, equality, and human dignity in America stand or fall with who is baking what for whom at weddings. A truly moving theme. I can’t wait to see the film.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): Colorado officials rejected discrimination claims filed by a man who was refused service at three bakeries because he requested cakes that included Bible verses calling homosexuality a sin, according to a decision released last week. Critics of the ruling argue it runs in sharp contrast to a decision in 2014 by the same agency, which declared a Christian baker cannot refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding ceremony.
The Daily Signal: “I think it is sad that it has come to this,” Stutzman told The Daily Signal via email in an exclusive interview. “We all have differences, and every day we disagree with one another on some subject or another. But being able to still live peacefully with each other, despite those differences, is what true tolerance is all about.”
Attorneys for Christian Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran: Atlanta’s attempts to dismiss discrimination lawsuit show he was fired for his beliefs
The Christian Post: “In America, a religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant, but that’s precisely what the city did. The only thing that should be dismissed here is the city’s argument in favor of discrimination against Cochran,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “The government can’t force citizens to convert to the government’s beliefs to remain employed.”
One News Now: In order to make a point, Bill Jack of Castle Rock, Colorado, visited several bakeries in the Denver area and ordered cakes with messages that violated the cake artists’ conscience. The bakeries declined his requests – and that information was taken to a state agency for adjudication. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco explains what happened.
Christian Today: But the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Mrs Stutzman in Washington warned that it is the precedent not the cash that is the problem, WND reported.
NC Register (CNA/EWTN News): “Like the other bakers, Jack happily serves all people but declines to use his artistic talents to create cakes that violate his conscience,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said April 7.
CBN: CBN News Spoke with Kerri Kupec with the Alliance Defending Freedom about Phillps’ case.
ADF Media: The city of Atlanta’s attempt to defend its wrongful termination of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran because of his religious beliefs is indefensible, according to a brief that the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who represent him filed in federal court Wednesday.
Life Site News: On April 28, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear Obergefell v. Hodges, et al, which could decide the state of marriage in America for decades to come.
The Washington Times: “The Committee is discriminating against these college students purely on the basis of their association with Gordon College and their imputed religious beliefs,” he said. “This the Constitution forbids.”