Rick Santorum's Dallas-based Christian film production company EchoLight Studios is suing two of the company's former executives for allegedly attempting to "sabotage" the company.
The lawsuit filed earlier this week in Tarrant County, Texas alleges that EchoLight Studio's former executives Bobby Downes and Christopher Morrow had embarked on a "campaign of sabotage" against the film production company after they were recently fired by Santorum, the company's CEO.
Downes, the company's former president, and Morrow, the company's former chief global strategist, were fired by Santorum recently after reportedly acting insubordinately toward their superior. According to Courthouse News Service, one of the first outlets to report on the lawsuit, Downes was fired after he "disparaged one of EchoLight's principals" to business affiliates, while Morrow was fired after refusing to give Santorum financial information regarding an upcoming film. more >>
A woman who was tricked into having an abortion by her boyfriend is suing the Florida pharmacy that supplied her partner with an abortion-inducing drug.
Remee Jo Lee, 27, suffered a miscarriage earlier in March 2013, when she was around seven weeks pregnant, after her boyfriend tricked her into taking a miscarriage-inducing drug, saying it was an antibiotic for an infection. The boyfriend, 29-year-old John Welden, had forged the signature of his father, a registered OB/GYN, for a prescription for Cytotec, known generically as misoprostol, a medication used to prevent stomach ulcers that can also cause miscarriages and birth defects if taken while pregnant.
Lee, who formerly worked as a dancer at a gentlemen's club, argues in the lawsuit against Sun Lake Pharmacy in Lutz, north of Tampa, that Welden conspired with an employee at the pharmacy to fill the forged prescription, and to obtain a pill bottle and a medical label with Lee's name on it, even though Lee was not a customer at the pharmacy. more >>
The office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has requested this week a stay on a judge's ruling that same-sex couples in the state be allowed to marry starting on Oct. 21. Christie's office requested the judge delay implementating her ruling so that no same-sex marriages take place as the state pursues an appeal process.
In a letter sent to the state's Supreme Court justices earlier this week, New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman wrote that along with seeking a delay for the Oct. 21 deadline for same-sex marriages in the state, Christie is also seeking to have the court case expedited to the state's Supreme Court, instead of the usual practice of taking it through an intermediate appellate court first.
Christie's request for a delay was expected after his office announced Friday it would appeal the ruling reached by Judge Mary Jacobson. Jacobson ruled earlier on Friday that same-sex couples in the state should legally be allowed to marry so they can receive the federal benefits granted to them through the Supreme Court's June ruling that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Not allowing same-sex couples to marry would violate the equal protection guarantees found in the state's constitution, Jacobson wrote. more >>
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has complained about "overly harsh" prison conditions while awaiting trial, his lawyers have said, claiming that his treatment is illegal.
Tsarnaev's attorneys filed a 23-page motion to the U.S. District Court in Boston, arguing that the "Special Administrative Measures" imposed on Tsarnaev are not only "extraordinary and severe," but also illegal, making it hard for him to prepare for his defense.
The 20-year-old suspect, who is accused of helping his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in organizing the finish-line bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and injured over 260, has apparently been confined entirely to his cell, except for visits. He has also been allowed "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure, The Associated Press shared. more >>
A Christian evangelist known for his activism against homosexuality in Uganda has announced that he will run as a candidate for governor in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Scott Lively, author of the controversial book The Pink Swastika and head of Abiding Truth Ministries, has declared his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts. Lively, himself a native and longtime resident of the Bay State, made the announcement Monday in a press release posted on his website.
"The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent)," reads the press release in part. more >>
The institution of marriage and issues concerning heterosexual and homosexual relationships and child rearing were all part of a broad discussion at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Tuesday night, which hosted one of five nationwide ethical discussions during "Doing the Right Thing Week," sponsored by RatioChristi and the Colson Center.
The topic "Sexuality & Marriage: What's Ethics Got To Do with It?" delved into the state of traditional marriage in the United States – the modern-day reasons why each person enters into the marriage contract – as well as the impact same-sex marriage is having on society. Included in the discussion are the myriad of negative impacts single-parent households have had on families since the Johnson administration's slate of Great Society government programs that were created in the 1960s in an effort to reduce poverty.
Instead of helping families, the enacted government programs only led to increased poverty and the dissolution of the American family, according to Ryan T. Anderson, who writes about marriage and religious liberty for the Heritage Foundation, and co-author with Princeton's Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His co-guest speaker Kellie Fiedorek, litigation counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, also spoke about the implications of an unraveling marriage culture in the United States. more >>