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Archive for May, 2009

California high court upholds gay marriage ban

Source: Onenewsnow

The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.

The 6-1 decision written by Chief Justice Ron George rejected an argument by gay rights activists that the ban revised the California constitution’s equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature’s approval.

The court said the people have a right, through the ballot box, to change their constitution.


Don’t expect smooth sailing for Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor (2nd Circuit Court justice)The head of a group that promotes constitutionalist judicial nominees says President Obama will come to regret his choice of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be his first Supreme Court nominee because she is not only an extreme liberal ideologue but also an unethical jurist.

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NH Lawmakers Reject Gay Marriage Bill


Gay marriage is still not legal in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers unexpectedly rejected a bill Wednesday that would have made the state the sixth in the U.S. to approve gay marriage.

The Democratic-controlled house voted down the bill in a 188 to186 vote.
That happened hours after the Senate approved the bill along party lines.

Governor John Lynch has said he will not sign the legislation unless it better protects churches and their employees from lawsuits if they refuse to marry gays. The House has voted to further negotiate with the Senate.

Opponents Counter D.C. Gay Marriage Bill


A new bill on Capitol Hill aims to limit marriage in the District of Columbia between one man and one woman, setting up a possible challenge to a recent gay rights victory.

Earlier this month, the D.C. City Council overwhelmingly approved by 12-1 the D.C. Marriage Equality Amendment which recognizes same sex marriages from other states.

It was a huge victory for supporters of gay marriage, and a huge setback for opponents, who now see it as a rallying cry in the fight for traditional marriage.

Lawmakers, dozens of pastors and civic leaders joined on Capitol Hill Thursday to announce the introduction of the D.C. Defense of marriage act.  The bill simply states that in the District of Columbia, for all legal purposes, marriage means the union of one man and one woman.

Supporters of traditional marriage say they see the pending law in the district as something that the majority of americans do not support.

“This is our nation’s capital. The greatest nation in history. The greatest capitol in history,” said Rep. Jim Jordan.  “This is our capital city that belongs to the entire country and the residents here, with the strong support of the clergy and pastors and christian community, understand this is a fight we have to wage into.”

“I do want my grandkids to be sitting in a classroom hearing about heather has two mommies or the prince and the prince grow up to marry and become the king and king. Three has to be a stopping point,” said Bishop Harry Jackson of Stand 4 Marriage.

More than 100 pastors signed and delivered a letter urging D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty not to sign the bill, but he’s already come out in favor of it.  This new bill asserts Congress’s right to review for 30 days any new law in the district according to home rule.

Sponsors believe they’ll gather enough public support to move forward with this legislation, but D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has said that she does not believe that any serious attempt to overturn the council bill will be successful.

Fighting for free-speech rights in NY

Source: Onenewsnow

A Christian legal society has filed a lawsuit against the town of Oyster Bay, New York, for its treatment of a Christian woman.

gavel2Susan Mendelson of Jews for Jesus simply wanted to distribute literature and talk to people in a city park. Brett Harvey, an attorney with Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), explains what happened. “The city of Oyster Bay said you have to come to us to get a permit first just to have a conversation in a public park — and that simply is unconstitutional,” he notes.

Mendelson was arrested twice. Both times the charges were dismissed and the city ordinance was ruled unconstitutional.

“Christians should not be threatened with arrest or silenced simply because they want to go to the parks and express their beliefs,” Harvey adds. “Exercising your First Amendment rights is not a crime, and we have the same free-speech rights as anyone else in America.

The town did revise its ordinance but still insisted on permits. When Mendelson tried to distribute leaflets a third time, she was threatened with arrest. ADF has filed suit.

Obama’s new car standards = more gov’t intrusion

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A legislative specialist is not enthusiastic about Obama’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

The Obama administration recently rolled out new CAFE and emission standards for new automobiles. The new standards will impose California’s existing automobile standards on the rest of the country. Proponents believe that raising the CAFE standards to 35.5 mpg will lower gas prices and help America become energy independent. Zonia Pino is with The Heartland Institute.

“This…just seems like another intrusion by the federal government,” she contends. “This is something that hasn’t worked terribly well in California, and I don’t think it’s going to work on the federal level either.”

Zonia Pino (The Heartland Institute)Pino believes the new standards amount to another tax. “It’s going to cost us, I think they are saying, $1,800 more per car to meet the standards,” she adds. “And I don’t think in the end we’re really going to see the lower gas prices.”

She admits she is not surprised that the auto industry seems to be on board, seeing that they have received a lot of federal tax money to stay afloat.

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