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  • Marriage and the Judgment of the People

    Judicial tyranny is alive and well in the United States, and as a result the debate over the future of marriage may soon be front and center once again in the national news. Two major federal court rulings, one just released and another imminent, pose separate challenges to marriage. First, … More

    Cinderella Congress: Marriage Is Worth a Real Fight

    Perhaps the biggest news out of last week’s reaction to a federal judge striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was pundits’ response to the way the Obama Administration “threw the fight.” Echoing some of the most notorious boxing matches in the history of the ring, the Obama-Kagan Justice … More

    Marriage under Assault in Federal Courts: Why It Matters

    Marriage is under intensified assault in two federal courtrooms. Last week a federal district judge in Massachusetts acted alone to overrule 427 members of Congress who voted in 1996 to adopt the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a measure signed into law by President Clinton. DOMA has two major provisions. … More

    Academic Freedom, for Some: The Hounding of Dr. Howell

    Officials at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana have sparked controversy over their decision not to extend the hiring of Adjunct Professor Kenneth Howell, a highly rated instructor who has taught electives at the university since 2001 on the history and tenets of Catholicism. Howell’s apparent “offense” is that he accurately … More

    Martinez Ruling a "Serious Setback for Freedom of Expression"

    CLS v. Martinez case is narrow in a number of respects, but its thrust is worrisome for many reasons.  The case involves a decision by a public law school, the Hastings College of the Law, to deny official recognition and potential funding to a student organization, the local chapter of … More

    Zeroing Out Marriage

    President Obama addressed an attentive audience at a community center in Southeast Washington this week and called once again for a “new conversation about fatherhood.”   He also took the occasion to announce a nationwide Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, which will be complemented by a $500 million Fatherhood, Marriage and Families … More

    Taxpayers Borrow to “Bankroll the Largest Abortion Provider in America”

    A new report from the General Accounting Office that was released on Capitol Hill last week has found that more than $1 billion in federal funds were expended from 2002-2009 by six controversial nonprofits, including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Population Council, and the Sex Information and … More

    Ruled by Professors on the Meaning of Marriage?

    This week in a federal district courtroom in San Francisco, the trial that could alter the future of the institution of marriage came to an end.  The closing arguments featured prominent national attorneys seeking to answer 39 final questions framed by the presiding judge, Vaughn Walker. At issue is the … More

    IRS Flouts the Defense of Marriage Act

    In a series of three letter rulings – here, here,  and here – issued in May, the Internal Revenue Service has reached conclusions that flout the plain meaning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The rulings involve California’s domestic partnership law, which dates to 1999 and has been expanded … More

    Wherever Did You Get That Idea?

    All across America, on web sites and among social networking groups, sports fans are playing in fantasy baseball leagues. Even Major League Baseball operates a particularly sophisticated site that allows participants to draft players and create their own rosters, all to compete against other fans. The goal is to demonstrate … More