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    It’s Time to Protect Religious Liberty in the Marriage Debate

    For years, a central argument of those in favor of same-sex marriage has been that all Americans should be free to live and love as they choose; however, does that freedom require the government to coerce those who disagree into celebrating same-sex relationships? A growing number of incidents demonstrates that … More

    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

    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

    Some State Clerks Breaking Law, Issuing Phony Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    In spite of clear Pennsylvania law to the contrary, a Pennsylvania clerk recently started issuing invalid same-sex marriage licenses, abdicating his duty to uphold the law. Yesterday, a state court ordered him to stop. In New Mexico, a similar situation has also occurred. Activists in various states are encouraging rank-and-file … More

    The Obama Administration, Marriage, and the States

    Just as families are getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states’ authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the … More

    Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Religious Liberty in New Mexico

    Earlier today, the Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer’s ability to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony—even when doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs. As Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, explained: “The … More

    DeMint: Do Traditional Marriage Supporters Deserve to Be Treated with Dignity?

    Some people can’t seem to understand why anyone would support marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Indeed, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued last week that the only reason Congress had for passing the Defense of Marriage Act was to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” others. Justice … More

    California Marriage Case: It’s Not Over Yet

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, finding that the official proponents of California’s Proposition 8 (which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman) lacked standing to defend the law in court. Throwing out the federal appellate court’s decision, the … More

    Morning Bell: The Supreme Court's Marriage Decisions by the Numbers

    The morning after two important—and troubling—Supreme Court decisions in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases, here’s the lay of the land. The important takeaway: The marriage debate is every bit as live today as it was yesterday morning…and that means it’s time to redouble our efforts … More

    DeMint: SCOTUS Decisions Mean Marriage Debate More Important Than Ever

    Today, the Supreme Court failed to uphold two important laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At the same time, the Court also refused to fabricate a new right to same-sex marriage, as the proponents of redefining marriage through the courts had hoped to do. … More