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A False Choice: Religious Liberty or Marriage Equality

(122) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Soon after the Supreme Court held the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, a series of strange claims began to surface about marriage equality's impact on religious objectors to same-sex marriage.

Fox News' Todd Starnes reported on a Georgia pastor's fear that "churches will face lawsuits...

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To the Silent Southern Moderate

(126) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 1:54 PM

It is with some trepidation that I write about Erick Erickson. My hesitation does not stem from a lack of courage in my convictions. Rather, its source is rooted in knowing that many good people with whom I interact on a regular basis, whose blogs and editorials I read, and...

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Springfield's Lesson for Chief Justice Roberts

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:38 AM

Last March, during oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Chief Justice John Roberts inquired into whether gays and lesbians were politically powerful. The Chief Justice asked, "You don't doubt that the lobby supporting the enactment of same-sex-marriage laws in different states...

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Rhode Island's Dangerous Dance on the Anti-Gay Cliff

(97) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 9:36 PM

As Rhode Island considers marriage equality legislation, the Rhode Island Senate is dancing dangerously close to throwing Rhode Island back into an era where a state government actively gives a nod of approval to acts of discrimination.

According to media outlets, state senators may push for religious...

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The Promise of Equality and Religious Freedom: Marriage Equality in Illinois and Rhode Island

(79) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 7:24 PM

While the debate over marriage equality is largely philosophical, rooted in deeply held personal beliefs, there is a substantive policy discussion that is often overlooked and worth exploring: religious liberty protections in marriage equality legislation.

As Illinois and Rhode Island progress toward enacting marriage equality, opponents are raising the...

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The Supreme Court and the Future of Proposition 8: Lessons From Roe v. Wade

(130) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 2:40 PM

When the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, finding a constitutional right to abortion, abortion was still illegal in 30 states, but states had been on a clear trend toward liberalizing abortion laws. In 1967, Colorado had become the first state to enact exceptions to what...

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Mr. President, Act Now

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:46 AM

The LGBT community scored huge victories last week in Maine, Maryland and Washington, winning the freedom to marry. But the marriage debate can suck the oxygen out of the room when it comes to other pressing issues, because it is exciting and salient. Marriage viscerally resonates in a...

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Why the Recent DOMA Decision Matters Even More Than You Think

(153) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 11:34 PM

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The Second Circuit was not the first appeals court to strike down DOMA, however. The First Circuit Court of Appeals found DOMA unconstitutional in May....

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Hijacking the Courts

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 4:27 PM

There's a crisis in America. It is a crisis that undermines our constitutional order. It is part of a movement that flies in the face of our Founding Fathers' wisdom. It is happening with alarming regularly. And, worse, it goes relatively unnoticed even though the American people -- across ideological...

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Is Marriage Equality Inevitable?

(55) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 6:22 PM

The greatest roadblock to marriage equality has been the ballot box. In less than two months, voters will determine the fate of marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington. Voters will also have their say on a state constitutional prohibition against same-sex...

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The White Hands and the Rainbow Wig

(12) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:22 PM

Last night, while watching the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech football game on ESPN, I saw a series of short Chick-fil-A advertisements. I'll admit that Chick-fil-A's marketing strategy is typically pretty smart. The witty use of cows to promote chicken products is marketing at its finest. But one commercial wasn't...

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The Republican Platform and Gay Rights

(122) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 11:03 AM

The Republican Platform has arrived after much anticipation. It may very well be the most conservative platform the Party has yet to produce. The document embraces right leaning positions on everything from expanding gun rights to prosecuting pornography. But for those of us with a keen interest in...

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When Does the Free Exercise of Religion Become Hate?

(140) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 11:42 PM

In the wake of the horrific act of contemptible violence committed last week at the Family Research Council, conservative Christian leaders at the Council and others volleyed with left-leaning organizations, notably the Southern Poverty Law Center, about the SPLC's designation of the Family Research Council as a hate group. The...

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