Hillary Clinton, speaking at ABC presidential primary debate in New Hampshire Saturday night, warned that gay rights, funding for Planned Parenthood and "Obamacare" would be reversed if the Republican Party takes the White House. She also attacked GOP frontrunner Donald Trump over his remarks against Muslims.
"This is a watershed election. I know how important it is that we have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House," Clinton said in the debate at St. Anselm College, in which Democratic candidates Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also participated.
"From my perspective, we have to prevent the Republicans from rolling back the progress that we've made," Clinton added, according to the transcript of the debate published by The Washington Post. "They would repeal the Affordable Care Act, not improve it. They would give more tax breaks to the super-wealthy and corporations, not to the middle class. And they would, despite all their tough talk about terrorism, continue to let people who are on the no-fly list buy guns." more >>
A Massachusetts state court ruled that a rescinded job offer by a Catholic school to a man in a same-sex marriage violates state discrimination laws.
Matthew Barrett filed a lawsuit in 2014 after Fontbonne Academy in Milton rescinded a job offer in 2013 as director of food services when he listed his same-sex marriage partner as his emergency contact.
A Massachusetts judge ruled in Barrett's favor, rejecting the school's religious freedom argument and its appeal to its Catholic mission and witness. more >>
Six Republican presidential candidates signed a pledge to support a federal bill meant to protect the rights of gay marriage opponents.
Known as the First Amendment Defense Act, the proposed legislation introduced in June is designed to protect critics of gay marriage from facing legal action for their views.
Conservative groups including the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and the Family Research Council affiliate FRC Action created a pledge for candidates to support. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio appeared on NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday and explained why he thinks the June Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide should be dealt with by appointing judges "that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed," rather than amend the Constitution.
"If you want to change the definition of marriage, then you need to go to state legislatures and get them to change it. Because states have always defined marriage," Rubio told NBC's Chuck Todd, when asked, "Are you going to work to overturn the same-sex marriage?"
Asked again, "Are you going to work to overturn it?" Rubio explained that "that would be conceding that the current Constitution is somehow wrong and needs to be fixed." more >>
Update: Dec. 14, 2015, 12:15pm
In a statement to The Christian Post, Students for Life noted they "were challenging all Christian schools to make it a priority to support pregnant and parenting students and not discriminate against them." Plus, "Many schools do already make it a priority to support the pro-life position, such as Oklahoma Wesleyan University ...," and SFL "is proud to work with such honorable schools and hope that other Christian institutions of higher education follow their path."
Pro-life students are urging Christian colleges not to ban or expel students who are pregnant out-of-wedlock or had an abortion after 27 Christian colleges and universities were granted a federal non-discrimination exemption that allows them to ban gays, transgenders, unwed mothers and women who have had abortions. more >>
Conservative author and traditional marriage advocate Ryan Anderson says that conservative Evangelicals have a harder time coming out against same-sex marriage today than gays, lesbians and transgenders have in coming out about their sexual preference or identity.
Anderson, a Heritage Foundation senior fellow and author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, spoke on the topic of civil liberties at a pro-LGBT summit in Washington D.C. Thursday that was organized by The Atlantic.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in June to nationally legalize same-sex marriage, Anderson was interviewed by The Atlantic's Mary Louise Kelly on how America should straddle the fine line between granting the LGBT community its protections under the law while not infringing upon the religious liberties of those who oppose same-sex marriage. more >>