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 >>
The New Year is a time of reflection and resolution. So many people get out their pens and paper, well maybe iPads and iPhones, and begin to reflect on the past year and how they can move forward for the better in the calendar year to come. But, some things are better left forgotten. This year, Planned Parenthood has a few things that they might not want to be so reflective about.
I'm pretty sure they don't want to think about the $1.3 million they were fined in Texas due to their Medicaid fraud. The investigation, spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, discovered that Planned Parenthood billed the Texas Medicaid program for products and services that were never given, unnecessary, or not even covered by Medicaid. If that wasn't bad enough, they used federal money for abortion-related services and then were adapted to appear as if they were not abortion services.
But, fraud isn't the only thing about Texas Planned Parenthood wants to forget. This past July, pro-lifers descended on the Texas capitol in support of HB2, a bill that sought to force abortion facilities to have the same health standards as other surgical centers, ban abortion after 20 weeks, require abortionists to have local admitting privileges, and require an actual doctor to administer the powerful and extremely dangerous abortifacient, RU-486. Not only did Planned Parenthood lose this battle, the response from their supporters and even employees was shocking. With vulgar signs and hateful chants, they filled the Texas Capitol with childish displays of tampons and coat hangers. They even went as far to attempt to bring in jars of fecal matter to throw at HB2 supporters. Yes, Planned Parenthood probably wants to forget that ever happened. more >>
A 2,000-year-old burial box believed by some to contain the remains of James, the brother of Jesus Christ, is set to go on public display in Israel, though it is stirring debate among Roman Catholics who reject that Christ had biological siblings.
Oded Golan, the Israeli antiquities collector who owns the limestone burial box, insists that "this is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ," according to a report in The Guardian, written by journalist Matthew Kalman, who maintains the James Ossuary Trial Jerusalem blog.
"There is no doubt that it's ancient, and the probability is that it belonged to the brother of Jesus Christ," he added. more >>
Here are The Christian Post's "Top 10" politics stories for 2013:
10. "Unstuck Movement" Highlights Broken International Adoption System
Problems have plagued the system of international adoption at least since 2009, after the U.S. State Department began encouraging developing nations to adopt the U.N.'s Hague Treaty. The problems became so acute that international adoption advocates and adoptive parents began fighting back. more >>
A county clerk and chief deputy clerk in New Mexico resigned from their positions after the state's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last week.
Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins resigned from their posts early Friday morning, one day after the state's Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marrying violates the state's constitutional right to equal protection.
Although an official reason for the clerks' resignation has not been provided, county commissioners have told the Associated Press and other media outlets that both Collins and Carpenter made their intention of quitting clear, should same-sex marriage be legalized in the state. more >>
Utah will continue to allow same-sex marriages after a federal judge refused Monday to grant state lawyers a temporary stay on the unions.
State lawyers had requested a temporary stay on the Friday ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby, who found the state's 2004 ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional because it violated couples' rights to equal protection and due process under the U.S. constitution's 14th amendment. Shelby added that the state's ban on same-sex marriage denied gay citizens "their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason."
The state was seeking a temporary stay in Shelby's ruling, saying it wanted to see the case play out in appeals court before the state actually began allowing same-sex couples to marry. Shelby denied the state's request for a stay against his own previous ruling, saying Monday that the state had not met the legal standards required for him to grant the stay. more >>