In a strongly worded unanimous U.S. Supreme Court opinion in McCullen vs. Coakley, a Massachusetts law aimed at pro-life activists seeking to counsel women seeking an abortion was struck down due to its "truly exceptional" and "extreme" approach to limiting free speech.
The law created a 35 foot "buffer zone" around abortion facilities that prevented peaceful engagement with women seeking an abortion.
The case was brought to the court by Eleanor McCullen, who has been credited with saving hundreds of lives through her peaceful conversations outside abortion facilities, informing them of alternatives to abortion. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a law in Massachusetts creating abortion clinic buffer zones for pro-life demonstrators was unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled Thursday morning that Massachusetts could not force pro-life demonstrators into "buffer zones" to prevent them from being located near an abortion clinic's entrance and exits.
According to SCOTUSBlog, the main focus of the decision stemmed from the buffer zone ordinance including public ways and sidewalks. more >>
Utah and Indiana became the latest U.S. states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down following separate rulings in federal court on Wednesday.
"It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples," a three-judge panel in the Utah case said while upholding a lower court ruling, NPR reported.
Back in December, Utah briefly became the 18th state where gay couples received the right to marry, after a federal district judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The decision was then put on hold pending appeals, though more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples managed to get married before that. more >>
WASHINGTON – A lawyer involved in a major church and state Supreme Court case has said that the decision may change how the Court interprets religious expression in the public sphere.
Last month, the highest court in the land ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that a New York State town can have Christian invocation prayers before its monthly town meetings.
Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., associate with Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher's office in Washington, D.C., who worked on the case, told The Christian Post that with the decision the Court might be moving away from the Lemon Test. more >>
The Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington, has agreed to a lawsuit settlement that pays $12 million to 30 victims of sexual assault at two Catholic high schools in the Seattle area.
A settlement agreement has been in the works for the past year and was just announced on Tuesday. The decision to award $12.125 million dollars comes after 30 male plaintiffs filed lawsuits in the King County Superior Court, claiming that they had been sexually abused as children when they attended two Seattle-area Catholic schools from the 1950s to 1984. The plaintiffs range in age from 42 to 68.
The lawsuit alleged that the Archdiocese of Seattle failed to protect the 30 men from the known sexual predators who were employed at the two schools, O'Dea High School and Briscoe Memorial School. The schools were run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland religious order and the Archdiocese of Seattle. more >>
Is the IRS lying about Lois Lerner's lost emails? The prevailing sentiment in America today could be answered with a series of rhetorical questions, like, is the ocean wet? Do birds fly? Does the sun shine?
On Monday night, June 23rd, I posted this question on my Facebook page: "Do you believe the IRS destroyed emails that directly incriminated the White House?"
One hour later, the post had been viewed by almost 7,300 people and there were 163 comments, virtually of all, which answered in the affirmative. more >>