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    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

    California Bill Targeting Boy Scouts Illustrates Threats to Religious Freedom

    Legislation “cruising” through the California legislature would strip certain state-level tax exemptions from nonprofit youth groups that differentiate on “gender identity,” “sexual orientation,” and other bases. The bill names familiar youth organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Little League. However, as one report observes, the bill “appears … 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

    Two Video Clips of Jim DeMint on "Meet the Press"

    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint joined NBC News’ “Meet the Press” roundtable Sunday morning. DeMint shared his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings and the debate sparked by Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis’ filibuster of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Here are two clips from … 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

    Supreme Court’s Mixed Decision on Marriage (VIDEO)

    The Supreme Court announced disturbing decisions today on two important cases dealing with marriage law. The Court refused, however, to create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Proposition 8 In its ruling on California’s Proposition 8, the Court declared that the citizen group that sponsored Prop 8 did not have … More