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  • Repealing Obamacare to Preserve Civil Society

    The Supreme Court decision yesterday on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, or ACA) offered only one hope of answering social issue concerns about the sweeping law: a ruling that the ACA is both unconstitutional in part and non-severable as a whole. That is, if the Supreme Court had dispatched the … More

    Video: Conscience Lost in Vast Verbal Oceania of Obamacare

    Efforts to repel the Obama Administration’s attack on liberty of conscience suffered a setback today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, but in the process kept alive an issue on which an extraordinary variety of Americans are willing to continue fighting – and with good reason. The core hubris … More

    Kraft Foods' Divorce Prize a Miraculously Bad Idea

    A too-clever-by-half marketing team at Kraft Foods has come up with what they think is a hot seller: a contest offering a cash prize to the best YouTube video answering the question, “How has Miracle Whip Affected Your Relationship?” The winner of the contest, which runs until August 23, takes … More

    More Tax Subsidies for Abortion in Obamacare

    As both sides of the debate remember all too well, the final passage of Obamacare last year hinged on a many-layered debate on abortion funding in the final bill. The balance of power on the final vote in the House of Representatives rested with a small group of pro-life Democrats, … More

    Mandating Coverage of Contraceptives Is Bad Social Policy

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has issued its long-awaited report making recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on mandatory insurance coverage of preventive services for women’s health care. The mandatory coverage of certain preventive services … More

    DOMA Under Attack in Senate: A Rising Disrespect for Marriage

    The full Senate Judiciary Committee met today to consider a proposal to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was passed by both houses of Congress by overwhelming margins—with majority support from both major political parties—and was signed into law by President Clinton, whose Department of Justice repeatedly … More

    Crushing Venerable Adoption Agencies—and Religious Liberty

    Illinois’s and New York’s recent recognition of same-sex couples has raised religious liberty concerns for Catholic and other agencies providing adoption and foster care services. Now, more than 50 Members of the U.S. Congress have signed onto a bill that would go much further, posing a challenge to religious liberty, … More

    The Inevitable Reality of Marriage

    Evolution and inevitability are words much in the news lately regarding same-sex marriage. The victory for marriage redefinition advocates in New York has sparked a new round of assertions that Americans can stop thinking about and debating this basic institution of civil society. Vice President Joe Biden sounded a similar … More

    Five Impacts of the New York Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    The New York legislature’s vote last Friday night to redefine the family and recognize homosexual marriage will have a number of impacts within and well beyond the Empire State. The vote does not signal an end to the now two-decade fight over the meaning of marriage. A new phase—not an … More

    Veteran Chaplains Speak Out for Conscience

    A prominent group of retired military chaplains has written a letter to current chief chaplains in the Armed Forces urging them to support conscience protection for currently serving chaplains and service members regarding homosexual behavior. The 22 chaplains, each of whom has held a leadership post as an endorsing agent … More