Cochran sues over firing; U.S. reps weigh in

Former Atlanta fire chief sues city, mayor

Fire chief fired for faith sues city of Atlanta

Terminated Atlanta fire chief files lawsuit against the city

UPDATE: Kelvin Cochran sues the mayor over wrongful termination due to his religious beliefs

What happens after same-sex marriage comes to Georgia

Say it with flowers: Court rules against Arlene’s Flowers

Fire chief’s feet to the flame: Kelvin Cochran is fighting back to protect freedom of belief

Washington grandmother could lose home & life’s savings for not selling flower to couple for same-sex wedding

Ex-fire chief who claims he was terminated over his Biblical views on homosexuality sues – and delivers a message about ‘freedom’

Judge authorizes ‘personal ruin’ for Christian florist

Florist who rejected same-sex wedding job broke Washington law, judge rules

Congressmen accuse Atlanta mayor of religious discrimination

Lawsuit: Fire chief terminated because of Christian faith

Texas judge says state’s marriage law is unconstitutional

Former fire chief sues Atlanta, mayor for firing him ‘solely’ because of his beliefs about marriage

Evangelicals pull support for Portland church over same-sex marriage stance

God, America, and Rights: How Chris Cuomo gets rights wrong

Terminated fire chief files federal lawsuit against city, mayor

Ex-Atlanta fire chief files suit, says he’s victim of religious bias

As expected, ADF sues Atlanta for firing fire chief

Congressmen jump into the fray in Georgia’s religious freedom fight

Former Atlanta fire chief files federal lawsuit against Reed

Former Atlanta fire chief Cochran files federal lawsuit against city, mayor

Former Atlanta fire chief sues city for religious discrimination

Cochran controversy takes new turn as U.S. Reps weigh in

A second ‘religious liberty’ bill is introduced

Lawmakers: Atlanta fire chief fired for believing the Bible

Five answers to frequently asked questions about Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta fire chief #FiredForFaith

Fire chief sues city of Atlanta over unjust termination

Travis judge rules Texas marriage law unconstitutional

Are all divorces necessary?

Staver: Alabama judges bound by law, not by judge’s order

New developments concerning fired Atlanta fire chief

The most surprising same-sex marriage poll we’ve seen in a while

How the welfare state penalizes parents who marry

In sort-of-defense of Roy Moore

    The New York Times:
    But Moore’s frustration with the process by which gay marriage has arrived in his state, as opposed to the ultimate outcome, is understandable. The process has been peculiar. This is what has been at issue in Alabama since Jan. 23, when District Court Judge Callie V. Granade struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage. District-court rulings, even if they’re about important matters of policy, usually affect only the people involved in the case in question. They don’t typically make law for an entire state; that responsibility falls to a state’s highest court, or a federal appeals court — in this case the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit — or eventually the Supreme Court, which makes law for the country.


  • Posted: 02/16/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Groups seek Alabama Supreme Court mandamus to stop same-sex marriage licenses

    Religion Clause: While Probate Judges in 50 of Alabama’s 67 counties have begun to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, opposition to a federal district court’s invalidation of the state’s same-sex marriage ban has not ended. The Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program filed a petition (full text) with the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking a writ of mandamus ordering county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize licenses issued to them. The petition argues that fededral court injunctions aimed at the state’s attorney general do not bind probate judges. The Supreme Court yesterday issued an order, with two justices filing dissenting opinions, (full text) ordering respondents to file answers by Feb. 18. Justice Shaw dissenting said: “I would urge restraint and would urge this Court not to interject more confusion into what is already a very confusing situation.” Also yesterday Equality Alabama filed and amicus brief (full text) urging dismissal of the petition. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Ku Klux Klan faction called for support of efforts to defy federal court same-sex marriage rulings.


  • Posted: 02/16/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: religionclause.blogspot.com

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Nebraska clerks, couples prepare for ruling on same-sex marriage

Italy’s top court: ‘No right to same-sex marriage’

How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds

Feds’ interference on same-sex marriage has Alabama Catholics speaking out

Judge tangled up over tying the knot

Oklahoma bill would protect clergy who won’t perform same-sex marriages

Liberty Counsel: We will defend – or deal with – Alabama judges

Elevate your marriage during National Marriage Week

The death of the rule of law in Alabama

Italy’s top appeals court rejects same-sex marriage, update

    ANSA: Italy’s highest appeals court on Monday rejected same-sex marriage, saying there was nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to gays. However, the Cassation Court added that homosexuals have the right to a “protective” law that would ensure same-sex couples have the same rights as unmarried Italian couples. Neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions between same-sex partners are legally recognized in Italy but some cities, including Rome, have a civil union register.


  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.ansa.it

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Redefining marriage redefines parenthood

Media reports wrong on decision in NJ same-sex attraction counseling case

    Via Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund: Contrary to several media reports, a New Jersey court has not ruled that a counseling referral service that provides help to people with unwanted same-sex attraction has violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act or that faith-based counselors violate the act when they express their views. The court did not make any findings of fact and preserved the First Amendment defenses of JONAH, the counseling referral service sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Ferguson v. JONAH.


  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Does marriage make you happier? What a new study found

CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

Rejecting the industrialized sex of ’50 Shades of Grey’

Center for Arizona Policy, others say now is a key moment for marriage

Graph: Most states have majorities who favor same-sex marriage

Challenges facing low-income families today

Virginia bill orders attorney general to defend state laws in court

If the Supreme Court redefines marriage, how should the church respond?

Love, tax, and wedlock

How conservatives can support single mothers

How to lower your risk of divorce: Advice to singles

New Greece government promises to extend legal status to same-sex couples

Many Ala. counties refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses

SCOTUS & SSM: The fix is in

Is Alabama’s Roy Moore the new George Wallace?

The “no difference” theory is dead

Kellerism comes to Alabama same-sex marriage wars, care of a political blast by New York Times

You new around here? Some thoughts on Alabama and same-sex marriage

    Doug Wilson: Look. Racial bigotry is a sin. Sexual perversion is a sin. The fact that the respective players in these two battles were and are Alabama and the Federal Government is completely beside the point. Those who glibly point to that as though it settles everything are like those who think that a son who once participated in an intervention over his mother’s alcoholism has thereby earned the right, twenty years later, to pressure her into committing tax fraud. No, no. Let’s go over this carefully. Drunkenness is a sin. Fraud is a sin. They are both sins. Whoever is championing the sin is the sinner.


  • Posted: 02/10/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: dougwils.com

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Writing as though history happened: On being countercultural Christians

From campus bullies to empty churches

Clash over Alabama same-sex marriage licenses heads to court