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    Maine Remembers Marriage

    Yesterday in a victory that was not as close as the final pre-election polls had suggested, voters in Maine adopted a “people’s veto” to protect the traditional definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The margin was 53-47. The voting was closely watched for several … More

    Civil Debate Is on the Ballot Too

    As citizens in Maine and Washington state near votes on measures to protect traditional marriage, a subtheme of the debate on this issue is being raised anew: the harassment and intimidation of advocates of traditional marriage by their opponents on the issue. On Wednesday of this week, the U.S. Supreme … More

    DC Voters: Let Us Vote on Marriage

    Last Wednesday, several DC voters filed a lawsuit (PDF) asking the DC Superior Court to allow DC residents to vote on whether same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions should be recognized in the District. The lawsuit followed a ruling from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics that DC residents should … More

    A Victory for Marriage and Democracy

    Today the California Supreme Court rejected requests by same-sex marriage advocates to strike down Proposition 8, the ballot measure that democratically superseded an earlier decision by the California Supreme Court that redefined marriage to include same-sex unions in that state. In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court interpreted the … More

    Awareness of Same-Sex Threat to Religious Liberty Growing

    As state recognition of same-sex marriage spreads,  awareness is rising about the threat it poses to religious liberty. On Wednesday, the governor of Maine signed a bill creating government recognition of same-sex relationships. Lawmakers in New Hampshire have also moved forward on legislation that would redefine marriage, though it is … More

    The Continued Same-Sex Marriage Assault on the First Amendment

    The Washington Post reported last Friday: Faith organizations and individuals who view homosexuality as sinful and refuse to provide services to gay people are losing a growing number of legal battles that they say are costing them their religious freedom. The lawsuits have resulted from states and communities that have … More

    From Marriage to a Mere Contract

    This morning the Iowa Supreme Court became the fourth state supreme court to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Justifying his decision Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady invoked his court’s 1839 decision which struck down slavery laws. Heritage’s Matthew Spalding addressed the specious argument back in 2003: The argument … More

    Will Obama Defend DOMA?

    The Boston Globe reports: Fifteen gay and lesbian residents from Massachusetts who wed after this state legalized same-sex marriages plan to file a discrimination suit today, challenging a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Six same-sex couples and three men whose husbands … More

    The Same-Sex Marriage Threat to the First Amendment

    Both before California’s vote on Proposition 8 and after we warned about the threat same-sex marriage posed to religious liberty. Now in yet another example of how same-sex marriage threatens the First Amendment, a student is suing Los Angeles City College over free speech. The Los Angeles Times reports: Student … More

    Same-Sex Marriage Shuts Down Methodist Camp Ground

    A paper recently published by The Heritage Foundation outlined the threat to religious liberty posed by nondiscrimination laws that elevate sexual orientation to a “protected status” just like race or gender. One of the cases used to illustrate this point involved a Methodist campground ministry in New Jersey that refused … More