23
Oct
2014
October 23, 2014
Ryan.McCann
    1st Amendment rights are in serious jeopardy. The movement to weaken 1st Amendment rights started years ago, but these last few weeks make it obvious. First we had the Mayor of Houston using her power in gestapo like fashion to intimidate and silence pastors there. Then we learned that two ministers who own a wedding chapel in Idaho were threatened with a fine and even jail time for voicing conscience objections when approached for a same-sex union. Now we have a threat to 1st Amendment rights right here in Indiana in the...
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07
Oct
2014
October 7, 2014
    Monday’s punt by the U.S. Supreme Court that compels court-ordered same-sex marriage in Indiana is neither the end of the legal battle nor of the policy fight in the Indiana General Assembly. It may signal a plateau as other U.S. appeals courts consider cases from states not already covered by appellate decisions. Or it may signal a consolidation phase as the Supreme Court awaits a potential public consensus.   But it resolved nothing. As retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Ted Boehm wrote on this page yesterday,...
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06
Oct
2014
October 6, 2014
nick.maled
In 2012 a New York farmer, who hosts wedding ceremonies on the side, was fined 13,000 dollars by the New York State Division of Human Rights for refusing to host a same-sex marriage. The couple hosts the ceremonies and receptions inside their home. Because of their religious convictions, the couple agreed to having a reception, but not the wedding. The division of human rights claimed that this was "sexual-orientation discrimination". The couple outlined their beliefs in an appeal to the fines. Now, after losing the appeal, attorneys...
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04
Oct
2014
October 4, 2014
nick.maled
On Thursday, the panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans upheld a law, in the nations 2nd most populous state, effectively closing all but 7 of the state's abortion clinics. Prior to this groundbreaking legislation, Texas had 40 abortion clinics. The law requires the clinics to have more stringent standards, comparable to those of hospitals, or they will close. The law is likely to succeed in further appeal as it is targeting the safety of women. This is an important win as we see more and more pro-life legislation hitting the...
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