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Associated Press: "Dozens of advocacy groups from across the country have weighed in as the New Hampshire Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a business tax credit program that benefits students at religious schools. . . . Tax credit supporters such as the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom see the ruling as an attack on religious freedom. Associations representing school administrators, teachers and school boards say the law diverts funds from public schools."
Russell Moore: "So what should we do? Well, precisely what we should have done before and after Roe. We should recognize where the courts and the culture are, and we should work for justice. That means not simply assuming that most people agree with us on marriage. We must articulate, both in and out of the church, why marriage matters, and why its definition isn’t infinitely elastic. . . . Above all, we must prepare people for what the future holds, when Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality aren’t part of the cultural consensus but are seen to be strange and freakish and even subversive."
Charlotte Observer: "Attorney General Roy Cooper, the target of several challenges to North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, has asked a judge to delay the most recent lawsuit until a higher court rules on a more sweeping marriage case."
WLWT: "A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board."
New York Law Journal: "A Queens man may legally adopt his husband's biological twins even though they were born to a woman under a surrogacy agreement that is illegal in New York state, a Family Court judge determined. Judge Barbara Salinitro ruled that the best interests of the twins is the most important consideration in weighing the adoption petition of a man identified in court papers as 'J.H.-W.,' not that the surrogacy agreement that resulted in their birth is 'void and unenforceable' under New York law."
Washington Times: "U.S. District Judge David Lawson is considering whether to overturn the 2011 law as an unconstitutional attack on gays and lesbians. He stopped it with an injunction last summer after finding that opponents’ arguments were credible."
Washington Post: "A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014."
Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: "The four couples, who originally sought only to have both parents’ names entered on birth certificates for children (already born or on the way), later asked the judge to widen his ruling and strike down as written — that is, for all circumstances — the ban against recognizing existing marriages. Turning to that wider issue, Judge Black declared: 'There can be no circumstance under which this discriminatory classification is constitutional, as it was intended to, and on its face does, stigmatize and disadvantage same-sex couples and their families, denying only to them protected rights to recognition of their marriages and violating the [Constitution's] guarantee of equal protection.'"
WSJ Law Blog: "A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other parts of the country where gays are allowed to wed. 'Ohio’s marriage recognition bans are facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances,' wrote U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black in Cincinnati."
Detroit Free Press: "The conference was held at the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which filed the lawsuit to make sure that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed after last month’s historic gay marriage ruling are recognized by the state. Within 24 hours after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, 300 same-sex couples across the state got married." | ACLU press release (including complaint)
BuzzFeed: "Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn this past week ordered the state’s national guard to recognize any marriages of same-sex couples performed in the state, BuzzFeed has learned."
The Columbus Dispatch: "The proposal for a constitutional amendment now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board to determine if it contains a single or multiple issues. It would not be for the ballot this year."
Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage: "State and federal policy should respect Americans’ ability to live and work in accordance with their beliefs. Even in states where marriage is redefined, government should not coerce individuals and organizations to violate their moral or religious beliefs about marriage. Although Americans are free to live as they choose, no one should demand that government compel others into celebrating their relationship. And Americans should continue to work for laws that reflect the truth about marriage. If marriage is redefined, attempts to marginalize the view of marriage as one man and one woman will only increase."
Ron Haskins at National Affairs: "America has been undergoing profound changes in family composition over the last four decades. In 1970, according to that year's decennial census, 83% of women ages 30 to 34 were married. By 2010, that number had fallen to 57%. This drastic decline in marriage rates has coincided with a steep increase in the non-marital birth rate among all demographic groups, from 11% to almost 41% over the same four decades. In 2010, an astounding 72% of births to African-American women were out of wedlock." Peter Wehner provides highlights at Commentary.
Catholic school principal principal apologizes for comments about divorce, homosexuality made by guest speaker
Providence Journal: "The principal of the Prout School has publicly apologized for bringing in an inflammatory speaker whose opinions about divorce and homosexuality offended students, parents and faculty."
Deseret News: "Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes urged supporters of traditional marriage Friday to 'take the high road' as the Amendment 3 case goes through the courts but said he would not apologize for defending the state. 'We are not motivated by hate. We are not targeting out of animus or any sinister motives any particular individuals or families in Utah,' Reyes said during a gathering in the state Capitol rotunda organized by Utah's Marriage Coalition."
Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval for governor in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting."
Associated Press: "Judge Timothy Black indicated in court on April 4 that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages because the state's ban violates constitutional rights and denies a fundamental right for people to marry the person of their choosing."
Marcia Coyle, The National Law Journal: "On April 17, Oklahoma's defense of its ban will be made by James Campbell of Alliance Defending Freedom. 'At the core of almost all of these cases are two claims,' said Austin Nimrock of Alliance Defending Freedom. One is that the 14th Amendment's equal-protection and due-process guarantees prohibit states from denying same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry, he said. Second, in some but not all of the cases, is that under the U.S. Constitution's full-faith-and-credit clause, states must give legal effect to gay marriages performed outside of their boundaries."
CBN News: "'The stakes are whether the people can continue to define marriage as between a man and a woman,' Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jim Campbell said, referring to the state marriage laws approved by millions of voters which have been overturned by only a handful of judges."