The year 2013 was not a particularly good one for traditional marriage.
This institution that has endured for thousands of years is hanging on, even stubbornly so – marriage is presently considered by most Americans a union between one man and one woman – but if the tide does not soon turn, events that transpired in 2013 could be viewed in the future as the beginning of the end of marriage.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two important decisions on same-sex "marriage." In both instances the High Court declined to define marriage, leaving that responsibility to the states, thereby allowing marriage to live on for another day. more >>
A historically black New York congregation is presently in a legal dispute over the church's property with The Episcopal Church.
St. Mathias Ministries of Wantagh's congregation seeks to keep the church property its meeting in even as the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island wants to sell the facilities.
The lawsuit on the part of the congregation to keep the over century old property will be heard before the New York State Supreme Court in Mineola next week. more >>
Jahi McMath's family won a last-minute extension on a restraining order that prevents Children's Hospital Oakland from removing her from a ventilator for one more week. The extension came one hour before the hospital was legally allowed, and said it would, disconnect the life support.
"This child was sitting on death row," family attorney Christopher Dolan told reporters after the judgment came down. "This was a facility that was hell bent on ending this child's life today, and a court stepped in."
Jahi's family was grateful for the extension and said it would give them more time to find a facility to care for the 13-year-old who was declared brain dead on December 12, following complications from a routine tonsillectomy. The family has been battling the hospital ever since that declaration, fully believing that Jahi can make a comeback and be healed. more >>
Jahi McMath's family is praying for a miracle and searching for a medical facility to house their loved one before time runs out today. Children's Hospital Oakland officials said they will turn off the life support at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.
"Barring any other court-order legal action by the family, the ventilator will be shut off at 5 p.m. tomorrow," hospital spokesman Sam Singer announced. "It's tremendously sad, but that's what's going to occur."
The hospital has declared Jahi officially brain dead, but her family believes otherwise and has tried to convince the hospital otherwise while trying to find a new facility to care for her. One was lined up, but that fell through. Now the family is hoping that a hospital in New York may take her and keep her on life support. However, there is a problem given that no doctor at Children's Hospital will insert the necessary breathing and feeding tubes before her transfer. more >>
In another blow against the Obama administration's contraceptives mandate, a Houston federal court ruled on Friday in favor of two Baptist universities, saying it is in the public's interest to protect the religious freedom of the schools.
East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University were granted an injunction, which prevents the government from enforcing a mandate that requires coverage of abortion-causing drugs and devices in employees' health care plans.
"The government doesn't have the right to decide what religious beliefs are legitimate and which ones aren't," Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the two universities, said in a statement. "In its careful opinion, the Court recognized that the government was trying to move across that forbidden line, and said 'No further!'" more >>
Utah announced its plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a district judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The state announced its appeal plans Thursday as Utah's last four holdout counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following the orders of Gov. Gary Herbert.
The office of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said that the state will consult with outside attorneys in the coming days and seek an emergency stay with the Supreme Court as soon as possible. "The Attorney General's Office is preparing an application to the United States Supreme Court requesting a stay of the district court's order," the attorney general's office said in a statement.
"Due to the necessity of coordination with outside counsel the filing of the appeal may be delayed for a few days. It is the intent of the Attorney General's Office to file with the Supreme Court as soon as possible." more >>