Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge who ruled that it is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.
"In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville argued.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of retail stores owned by David Green and his family, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a wood-working company run by the Hahns, striking down the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate instituted under Obamacare that compelled companies to supply health insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs against their will and conscience.
In so holding, the Court allows these two families - and other Christian owners - to stay in business.
Any on-going, for-profit business, whether a Fortune 500 company or a Mom & Pop shop, must continually assess the cost of doing business. The cost determines the price point and eventually, whether you can carry on with, or go out of, business. more >>
After a narrowly won primary victory, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran continues to fight allegations that he engaged in illegal "vote-buying" of black voters to help him win.
A spokesman for the Republican incumbent recently released a statement denouncing the allegations that such "vote-buying" was used to defeat primary challenger and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel.
Jordan Russell, a spokesman for the Cochran campaign, called the allegations, leveled by some conservative activists such as blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com, "baseless and false." more >>
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the case regarding the Mt. Soledad cross war memorial in San Diego, California, and sent the case back to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote that the case's appeals process must be fully exhausted before it can be addressed by the higher court. A U.S. district judge had ruled against the cross back in December, but issued a stay in his ruling, so those defending the cross may appeal it.
The Mount Soledad Memorial Association then petitioned the Supreme Court, asking if they could circumvent an appeal in the 9th Circuit and receive a Supreme Court ruling to settle the constitutionality of the cross once and for all. more >>
It's been a bad year for the Obama Administration at the U.S. Supreme Court. Just last week the Court released opinions striking down three of the President's recess appointments and nullifying a law that prevented pro-life protests in certain spaces around abortion clinics. On Monday, the Court handed down its long awaited decision in the Hobby Lobby case and ruled in favor of the company, 5-4.
In Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., Hobby Lobby and two other closely held for-profit corporations joined in suing the government on the grounds that the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act required the owners to violate their religious beliefs in providing these products to their employees. Hobby Lobby, et. al, were not seeking an exemption as to all forms of contraception, rather, just four types out of the 20 approved by the FDA. Notably, the government had already provided religion-based exemptions of this exact nature to certain non-profits, but argued that the exemption should not extend to for-profit corporations.
The plaintiff corporations sued under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) which required the Court to determine whether or not the government's contraceptive mandate "substantially burdened" an individual's exercise of religion; if so, the mandate could only be allowed to stand if it were shown to be the least restrictive, or narrowest, means to further a "compelling governmental interest." more >>
Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby, an Alabama-based Catholic television network was given relief from the federal government's "preventive services" mandate.
Within hours of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby Inc. on Monday, Eternal Word Television Network was granted relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the HHS mandate to provide various birth control pills.
In addition to EWTN, five other groups based in Wyoming were given emergency relief. They were the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, Catholic Charities of Wyoming, St. Joseph's Children's Home, St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School, and Wyoming Catholic College. more >>