Author Archives: NOM Staff

New Poll Shows Strong Support for Traditional Marriage and Religious Liberty

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that the country is still very much divided over the question of the definition of marriage, especially regarding the inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights that ensues whenever marriage is redefined. ABCNews reports: While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, […]

Conservative Panel Appointed to Hear Gay Marriage Cases in 5th Circuit

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced on their website the justices selected to hear the appeals of lower court rulings on gay marriage cases from Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The panel consists of Judges Patrick Higginbotham of Dallas, Jerry Smith of Houston and James Graves Jr. of Jackson, Miss. Higginbotham and Smith are […]

HRC Founder Arrested on Charges of Sex Abuse of Minor

It appears so far the Human Rights Campaign has remained silent about the arrest of their founder, Terry Bean (age 66), on charges of sexual abuse of a 15 year-old boy. From The Willamette Week: The arrest comes after a six-month investigation that began with allegations Bean secretly made video recordings of men having sex […]

The Numbers Rise

As reported by Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, the number of North Carolina Magistrates who have resigned in the wake of marriage being redefined there is higher than previously reported… The number of North Carolina magistrates who have resigned or retired early because of their opposition to performing same-sex marriages is higher than previously reported. Last […]

"Judicial Humility and Respect for Citizens"

Over at The Daily Signal, Ryan Anderson takes a look at the important decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit yesterday. Ryan notes that “judicial humility and respect for citizens lie at the heart of the opinion,” quoting: A dose of humility makes us hesitant to condemn as unconstitutionally irrational a view […]

Volokh on Coeur d'Alene Ordinance: "Inconsistent with the Free Speech Clause and the Idaho RFRA"

UCLA Law Professor and Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh has posted an analysis of the controversy surrounding the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. If you haven’t heard about the outrageous case, click here for more information. The basic situation is this, as explained by Alliance Defending Freedom, one of whose allied attorneys will be representing […]

Federal Judge: "No Right to Same-Gender Marriage Emanates from the Constitution"

Ryan Anderson reports on a new ruling by United States District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez upholding Puerto Rico’s law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Ryan points out that Pérez-Giménez is “the first Democrat-appointee to the federal bench to uphold marriage law since the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision on the Defense of Marriage Act case.” […]

"Putting to Rest a Bad Argument"

Sherif Girgis, one of the co-authors of What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, opines at Public Discourse about a “bad argument” that needs to be put to rest – namely, the argument that “laws defining marriage as a male-female union should be treated as forms of sex discrimination”. Girgis writes: The Supreme Court closely scrutinizes policies involving racial, […]

Senator Cruz: "This is Judicial Activism at its Worst."

Today Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a strongly worded statement following the news of the Supreme Court’s decision to deny requests from five States to review lower court decisions striking down their marriage definitions. The statement reads, in part: The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is […]

Meese and Anderson in WaPo on Marriage Laws: "The people and their elected representatives should be making these decisions"

In the Washington Post opinion pages, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese  III and his Heritage colleague Ryan Anderson have penned an important piece highlighting some too-little reported legal opinions from federal court judges that make the case for leaving determinations about marriage policy to the states and the democratic process. The two scholars write: This month, in […]

6 Couples Married 50 Years Apiece Share Wisdom, Advice

More than 50 years ago, six Michigan couples married–and they have been friends ever since.  Each couple wed within weeks of the others back in 1963, meaning they have been married for a combined 300 years.  The couples have all remained friends over the years, participating first in each other’s weddings and eventually each other’s children’s […]

Human Rights Court Says Europe Cannot Be Forced to Redefine Marriage

Amid their constant claims of victory and incessant harping on about the inevitability of same-sex “marriage,” supporters of redefining marriage received a major setback recently. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. As reported by the National Catholic Register: In a […]

Catholic Bishops Respond to ENDA News

Following the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, many prominent anti-religious liberty groups that support redefining marriage withdrew their support of the misleadingly-named Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  President Obama said he is writing an executive order on ENDA and many religious groups and leaders have called on him to include in it conscience protections. Writing for the […]

Washington Times: Chase bank surveys workers to see if they’re ‘ally of the LGBT community’

From The Washington Times: A JP Morgan Chase bank employee says he’s not only puzzled by an internal company survey that asked workers if they considered themselves friend of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community — he’s fearful of losing his job. […] The employee said he feared that answering no [to being an LGBT ally] could open […]

Without the Media Filter: Marriage Marchers Speak Out

The liberal media and advocates of redefining marriage are desperate to paint supporters of marriage as “hateful” or “bigots.”  The media barely makes an effort anymore to veil its support of redefining marriage. When it comes to the definition of marriage that has been the foundation of civilizations throughout time, the media’s strategy is typically: […]