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  • Obama DOJ Should Respect State Authority on Marriage

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week a new Department of Justice policy regarding marriage: “[E]ven in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized, the federal government will not use state views as a basis to object to someone in a same-sex marriage invoking this right.” As justification for this … More

    Reagan’s Legacy: “The Sacred Value of Human Life”

    Today we celebrate Ronald Reagan’s 103rd birthday. A little-known fact about President Reagan is that he is the only President to have ever published a book in office—and it was a book promoting the culture of life. In it, he pledged that his Administration would champion the pro-life cause because … More

    Obama Team’s Recognition of Utah Same-Sex Marriages Shows Need for State Marriage Defense Act

    Today’s announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the federal government will recognize the marriage licenses of same-sex couples in Utah—even though the state announced earlier this week that it would not—highlights the need for the federal government to respect state marriage laws. Just yesterday, bipartisan legislation was introduced in … More

    Redefining Marriage: Judicial Overreach at Close of 2013

    While most Americans were celebrating the Christmas season, judges were busy redefining state marriage laws. In New Mexico, Utah, and Ohio, judges have usurped the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to discuss, debate, and vote on important policy matters regarding the most fundamental institution of society. On December … More

    A&E, Duck Dynasty, and the Climate of Intolerance in America

    A&E enjoys rights to free contract and free speech in determining whom they employ and what they allow them to say. But just because you have a right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do. In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    Hawaiian Citizens Testify in Support of Marriage

    Over the past five days, thousands of Hawaiians poured into the state capitol to stand for marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Prompted by an upcoming vote in the state House of Representatives on SB 1, nearly 5,000 people signed up for two-minute slots to testify … More

    The Reality of ENDA

    President Obama urged Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a blog post published late last night. All Americans should oppose unjust discrimination, but ENDA does not advance that goal. In fact, it moves us in the wrong direction, as a new Heritage Backgrounder explains. President Obama asks … More

    New Report on Why Social + Economic Conservatism Succeeds

    Politico is highlighting a new report released yesterday by the American Principles Project (APP) that shows a majority of Americans support social conservatism. APP argues that a unified social and economic conservative platform is a winning electoral strategy. In the 2012 election, for example, in all four states that had … More

    Chen Guangcheng’s Defense of Human Rights

    Distinguished human rights activist Chen Guangcheng called on world leaders to take action on religious oppression, forced abortion, and other human rights violations by China’s Communist government last week in a lecture delivered at Princeton University. Chen became famous for opposing China’s oppressive one-child policy. His inaugural address as a … More