Lutherans, Mormons, Catholics, evangelicals and Southern Baptists have joined together in fighting the legalization of same-sex marriage by submitting a recent court brief to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently considering the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah.
The 42-page brief was filed Monday by lawyers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and was signed by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the National Association of Evangelicals.
The brief focuses on the religious groups' shared belief that a husband and a wife serve as the ideal situation in which to raise a child. "Our respective religious doctrines hold that marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children," the brief reads. "We believe that children, families, society, and our nation thrive best when husband-wife marriage is upheld and strengthened as a cherished, primary social institution." more >>
Nevada officials have dropped their defense of the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, saying a recent legal decision would no longer make their arguments "sustainable" in court.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto released a statement Monday saying that the state would no longer defend the ban in a current case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Masto, a Democrat, said a recent, unrelated ruling in the 9th Circuit panel has made the state's legal arguments unviable. The panel ruled that a trial cannot pick and choose jurors based solely on their sexual orientation. The ruling elevated gay and lesbian jurors to the same protected class previously reserved for racial minorities and women.
A former employee of a California-based catering business has sued the company alleging abuse at one of their Oregon facilities by being referred to in gender specific terms.
Valeria Jones alleged that coworkers at Bon Appétit Management of Palo Alto frequently used words like "miss," "lady" and similar terms instead of more gender-neutral phrases.
Filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Jones, who lives in Oregon, is being represented by Portland attorney Donel Courtney. more >>
Planned Parenthood is set to pay $2 million to the family of a botched abortion victim in a wrongful death settlement, a circuit court in Illinois decided late last week. Pro-lifers say the punishment does not go far enough.
"The fact that Planned Parenthood has been allowed to merely pay 'hush money' to the victim's family without any further consequences is a slap in the face to every woman who walks through the doors of the nation's largest abortion provider," said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society.
The law group had filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation in February 2013 to investigate the death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, who died following a late-term abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago on July 20, 2012. more >>
A church trial for a prominent United Methodist theologian who officiated his son's same-sex wedding ceremony has been postponed.
Initially the trial for retired seminary dean the Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, but a postponement was announced Monday.
A bill that aimed to ban sexual orientation change therapy for minors in the Commonwealth of Virginia was defeated in committee.
House Bill 1135 was recently defeated in a House of Delegates subcommittee of the Committee on Health Welfare and Institutions.