Lawyers for the Department of Justice recently announced that they are willing to legally defend the long-debated, giant cross atop a war memorial in Southern California, saying they find the cross to be an "appropriate" structure and not a violation of the separation of church and state.
A brief filed in the Supreme Court earlier this month by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said the "United States remains fully committed to preserving the Mount Soledad cross as an appropriate memorial to our nation's veterans." The 43-foot war memorial cross was erected on Mount Soledad in San Diego, Calif. in 1954 as a memorial to all war veterans, although it was later converted to distinctly memorialize veterans from the Korean War.
Along with stating that the Mount Soledad Cross does not violate the Constitution's requirement for a separation of church and state, Verrilli also wrote in his brief that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should be given time to reverse its previous ruling on the cross, instead of the cross case immediately being considered by the Supreme Court. The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association recently requested to leap-frog the appeals process and have their case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. more >>
Thomas Nelson Community College along with its umbrella organization, the Virginia Community College System, has agreed to suspend its policy on "free speech zones" in response to a lawsuit brought by a student who wants to preach on campus.
Last month, Christian Parks brought a lawsuit before the Eastern District of Virginia Newport News Division, alleging that TNCC violated his freedom of speech when campus officials stopped him from preaching in an on-campus plaza area.
According to the lawsuit, Parks was prohibited from preaching due to the college's policy, which states that students can only stage demonstrations if they belong to a student group and get permission four days in advance. more >>
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief in support of two same-sex couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Herring refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban when it was legally challenged.
In his 79-page brief, Herring (D) argued that the U.S. Constitution determines same-sex marriage to be a fundamental right under due process and equal protection. He heavily referenced the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, a landmark case that invalidated the prohibition of interracial marriages.
Herring argued that the Loving case proves that the Fourteenth Amendment protects marriage as a fundamental right, even if the Framers of the U.S. Constitution may have not considered same-sex marriage when creating the amendment. more >>
Ohio State's attorneys are prepared to seek a stay order from a federal judge who is scheduled Monday to strike down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from other states.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black announced April 4 his intention to "issue a written decision and order by April 14, striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio's bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states."
The plaintiffs in the case are four same-sex couples who got married in other states and are seeking to be recognized as parents on their children's birth certificates. more >>
A New York man is suing the credit rating agency Equifax, accusing the company of giving him a false rating score due to his first name, "God."
God Gazarov, a 26-year-old resident of Brooklyn, New York and owner of the Gold Hard Cash jewelry store in Brighton Beach, filed his lawsuit in Brooklyn's federal court on Friday. The lawsuit alleges that Gazarov has been fighting with Equifax for the past 2 years regarding his first name, "God."
The credit rating company has reportedly recorded Gazarov as having no credit history because its system does not recognize his first name as a legitimate name. Although the 26-year-old graduate of Brooklyn College has received high credit ratings from other companies like TransUnion and Experian, the conflict with Equifax has prevented him from purchasing an Infiniti car or showing lenders that he has a good credit score. more >>
The National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit group that advocates for traditional marriage, is expecting tens of thousands of people from across the United States to join their June "March for Marriage" in Washington to "show the world that the marriage debate isn't over."
Christopher Plante, spokesman for NOM, told The Christian Post that the June 19 march is being held in part "to show the world, the media, members of Congress and the Supreme Court that the marriage debate is not over."
"There is a huge groundswell of popular support, popular belief in traditional marriage. And despite what the polls may say, the reality is the majority of Americans believe marriage is between one man and one woman," said Plante. more >>