For the second time a federal appeals court has ruled the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, ruling it violated the Equal Protection Clause by barring same-sex couples from legally marrying. While legal scholars, along with pro-gay activists, are celebrating their success, they are also concerned that the ruling may be too favorable and not be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case the Second Circuit ruled on involved the deceased partner of a lesbian couple who was married in Canada in 2007 but lived in New York. The state did recognize their marriage as a legal union. When one of the women, Thea Spyer, died in 2009, her "wife," Edith Windsor, now 83, was prevented under Section 3 of DOMA from claiming an exemption for the federal estate tax available for surviving spouses because only couples of the opposite sex could qualify for the exemption.
The appeal court's ruling in essence said that Congress gave no good legal reason why homosexual couples should be treated any differently than heterosexual couples. It was Section 3 that the appeals court overturned. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has secured newspaper endorsements in the major swing states of Ohio and Florida. Newspapers in other states have also announced their support for the former Massachusetts governor.
The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio and The Tampa Tribune in Florida on Sunday recommended voting for Romney.
The Dispatch endorsed Romney a day after Ohio's Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper threw its support behind President Barack Obama. Dealer had endorsed Obama also in 2008. Akron Beacon Journal also backed Obama. more >>
From the tone of my posts yesterday one may assume that I am anti-government and anti-politics. Nothing could be further from the truth, here are some convictions I believe…
#1 – As Christians We Are Commanded To Pray For Our Political Leaders. (See I Timothy 2:1-2.)
It's sad…but there are people that have spoken out against our current president and how "evil" they perceive him to be but have never gone to their knees and lifted him up in prayer. (BTW…it's really hard to hate someone you are constantly praying for!) more >>
The final presidential debate takes place Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. Here are seven predictions about what may happen in the foreign policy debate.
In one of the most memorable moments of the debate last Tuesday, Romney flubbed an opportunity to challenge Obama on lingering questions about the Sept. 11 attack on an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. more >>
The race for the White House is still tight in the two largest battleground states of Florida and Ohio after the second presidential debate. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are also tied nationally.
The latest Fox News poll of likely voters in Florida has Romney with 48 percent support and Obama with 45 percent. And in the CNN/ORC International poll of likely voters in the same state, 49 percent said they support Romney, and 48 percent said they back the president.
In Florida, which has 29 electoral votes, Romney's favorability stands at 55 percent versus 51 percent for Obama, according to the Fox poll. more >>
I'm a political junkie. I'm often found in my car listening to news shows and talk radio. I've not only watched each of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, but I've spent countless hours watching the spin afterwards and reading articles about the different points each candidate has made. I've volunteered on campaigns and even worked as a legislative researcher. I love politics.
That's why I was surprised at my reaction to a comment made by my wife last night as we watched Dinesh D'Souza's Obama's America: 2016. She's not into politics nearly to the extent that I am. She's informed and wants to know what's going on, but she doesn't obsess about it like I do. She's like most Americans. She's concerned about where our county is heading, and wants to see things turn around. So as we reached the climax of the documentary, she commented, "What we really need is a president who will lead America back to God."
Her comment was positive and showed that she understands that our nation's only hope is to return to the Biblical foundation it was built upon. But my reaction to her comment surprised me, and has been bugging me ever since. I should have agreed with her. I should be among the countless number of Christians who are praying that God will raise up a president who will seek God's guidance and will be used to stem our nation's moral and spiritual decline. Only then, is there any hope to overcome the economic and political challenges our nation faces. more >>