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  • Protecting Marriage and the Rule of Law

    The decision by the U.S. Navy to rescind new guidelines that would have permitted same-sex marriages to be performed in navy chapels in certain states is a simple recognition of the law of the land. The fact that the rescission came only after pressure from Members of Congress who wrote … More

    House Bill on Abortion Funding Gives Consistency on Life and Conscience

    The House of Representatives approved a measure yesterday by a wide margin that establishes a consistent and government-wide policy denying taxpayer funds and subsidies for elective abortions. The bill, H.R. 3, passed by a comfortable 76-vote margin, and it now proceeds to the U.S. Senate, where its prospects are less … More

    DOMA: Honor and the Limits of Politics

    The desire to achieve victory in any field of endeavor can become so intense that it deforms the character of the participants. That tendency has been on display in the past two weeks as a result of the intimidation offensive the Human Rights Campaign has waged against the law firm … More

    Marriage Gets a Defense in Court

    Speaker of the House John Boehner’s announcement that former Solicitor General Paul Clement will lead the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court is a victory for the rule of law—and for an irreplaceable institution of civil society. Ever since February 23, when Attorney General Eric … More

    President Obama's Misdirection on Marriage: Send in the Petards

    The Washington Post is quick to note the soft underbelly of President Obama’s midstream decision to abandon legal support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In an unsigned editorial, the Post, which shares liberal objections to DOMA as public policy, points out how easily the Administration’s tactic of … More

    Time for a Real Defense of DOMA

    President Obama and his Justice Department have decided to leave the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act to others—and, as embarrassing as this decision in the midst of intense litigation may be to the Administration – it is probably a good thing for the institution. This is no … More

    Conscience Regulations: HHS Stops (Just) Short of Rescission

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its long-awaited decision today on rescinding conscience regulations to protect health care providers from having to engage in medical procedures to which they object on religious or moral grounds. Because a real concern existed that the Obama Administration might repeal … More

    Memo to the White House: Don't Stop, Start Defending DOMA

    The New York Times continues to lower the threshold of responsibility in matters marital, and yesterday’s editorial calling on the Obama Administration to abandon the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the latest—and perhaps oddest—example. It is odd first and foremost because the Obama Justice Department’s defense of DOMA maintains … More

    Trusting but Verifying on Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

    On the subject of arms treaties with the Soviet Union, President Reagan famously said, “Trust, but verify.” Now many Members of Congress want to do the same with public funding of elective abortion under Obamacare, but they are meeting new resistance from congressional Democrats, some of whom, nonetheless, insist they … More

    Executive Disorder on Abortion: Roe v. Wade at 38

    The 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision occurred over the weekend, renewing public attention on the question of taxpayer-funded abortion. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, staunchly defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), told The Hill newspaper that the law known as Obamacare … More