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Virginia AG won’t defend voter-approved gay marriage ban

By Andrew Branch
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Marriage | Following a seismic political shift in Virginia's top elected offices, the new attorney general said Thursday he has decided his state’s ban on same-sex…

9th Circuit: Constitution protects homosexual jurors

9th Circuit: Constitution protects homosexual jurors

By Daniel James Devine
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Courts | Gays and lesbians may not be removed from juries on the basis of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court has ruled for the first time. On Tuesday a…

Another Christian bakery loses discrimination fight

Another Christian bakery loses discrimination fight

By Leigh Jones
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Religious Liberty | The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled Friday that the Christian owners of a popular Portland-area bakery discriminated against a same-sex couple by…

NYC pregnancy centers win free speech appeal

By Emily Belz
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Free Speech | NEW YORK—The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today tossed out key parts of New York City’s law requiring pregnancy centers to post signs saying…

Friends with parental benefits

Friends with parental benefits

By Kiley Crossland
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Adoption | Unmarried friends can legally adopt and co-parent, according to an unprecedented ruling by a New York judge last month. Judge Rita Mella of New York…

Vital Signs: A year of pro-life victories

By Courtney Crandell
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Abortion | Hostile to abortion. States enacted 205 abortion restrictions during a three-year period between 2011 and 2013, according to a report released Jan. 2 by the…

Supreme Court revives Utah’s traditional marriage law

By Emily Belz
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Supreme Court | The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Utah’s traditional marriage law today, issuing a stay on a federal judge’s order blocking the law. The full court’s…

Judge rules Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

By Mickey McLean
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Marriage | A federal judge has ruled that a Utah law banning same-sex marriages violates gay couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th…

Federal judge: Tear down Mount Soledad Cross

By La Shawn Barber
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Religious Liberty | When I wrote about the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, Calif., an affluent area of San Diego, in August, I mentioned that the cross was in…

First permanent injunction issued against mandate

By Emily Belz
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Religious Liberty | A federal judge rules Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violates the religious freedom of four Catholic groups

Harry Reid detonates the ‘nuclear option’

By Edward Lee Pitts
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Congress | The Senate majority leader and his fellow Democrats restructure long-standing Senate rules to limit the power of Republicans

Vital Signs: Vatican takes birth control poll

By Alissa Robertson
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Abortion | Survey says? The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how its parishes discuss and deal with birth control, divorce, and gay marriage. The…

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