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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25
Sep
2014
September 25, 2014
Attendees of IFI's 25th Anniversary Banquet had the pleasure of hearing Governor Mike Pence speak about the importance of family in our society today. There has been some requests for follow-up information on a theory alluded to by Governor Pence. The "success equation" or "success sequence" is a socioeconomic plan suggested by census researchers to close much of the poverty gap that exists in America. The United States, contrary to popular belief, has among the lowest rates of upward class mobility. Ron Haskins, in a popular NATIONAL AFFAIRS...
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