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  • Franciscan University Stands Strong for Faith and Freedom

    Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, recently announced that it would no longer offer a student health insurance plan because it cannot do so under Obamacare without violating its religious beliefs. At issue is the Obamacare “preventive services” mandate promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate … More

    Obama and the Truth about Marriage

    Yesterday, President Obama announced that he supports same-sex marriage. This was not exactly a surprise. Sure, when running for Senate in 2004, Obama said that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” And when campaigning for the presidency in 2008, he restated that view and also claimed he did … More

    Another Vote for Marriage

    Yesterday, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Unofficial results show more than 60 percent support for the amendment, a result described by the National Organization for Marriage as “an overwhelming endorsement” of the traditional … More

    Marriage Debate Moves to North Carolina

    According to the Alliance Defense Fund, “Sixty-three million Americans have voted on marriage, and in 31 out of 31 states they have protected marriage as the union between one man and one woman.” On May 8, North Carolinians will have the same opportunity when they vote on a ballot measure … More

    Catholic Bishops: 'Constant Vigilance and Protection' Required for Religious Liberty

    This morning, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a document titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty.” To Americans who care about and work for religious freedom, the bishops’ statement is a powerful message of solidarity. The bishops argue that, in America, religious … More

    Justice Kennedy Shows How Court Can Avoid Conflicts on Religious Freedom

    Obamacare is a train wreck for religious freedom, and the federal courts are likely going to be forced into cleaning up the mess. However, at Wednesday morning’s hearing in the Obamacare case, Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed a way for the Court to avoid the raft of divisive conflicts that Obamacare … More

    Institution of Marriage Defended Throughout the Nation

    The institution of marriage has seen better days in America. The question now is how Americans will think about, shape, and participate in marriage going forward. Will Americans seek to strengthen marriage, including through laws and policies that promote the public goods of responsible childbearing and the faithfulness of husbands … More

    No Way Out: How Conscience Gets Trapped in Obamacare’s Little Box of Horrors

    If it weren’t for Obamacare, we wouldn’t have this problem. By “this problem,” we mean of course the Obamacare regulation that forces health insurance plans to provide coverage, without co-pay, for contraception, sterilization, and what many people believe are abortion-inducing drugs. When it was announced last August, the forced coverage … More

    Obama Gets Hit with Another Religious Freedom Lawsuit

    The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has already filed two lawsuits challenging the Obamacare regulation that requires many religious employers to provide health insurance coverage for sterilization, contraception, and what many people believe are abortion-inducing drugs. Those lawsuits are on behalf of Belmont Abbey College (a Benedictine Catholic college in … More

    Ninth Circuit Rules Against Marriage

    Today, in a 2–1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that defined marriage in the California constitution as one man and one woman. The appeals court decision upholds the decision of the lower court, which struck down Prop … More