Author Archives: NOM Staff

US Bishops Publish New Video on Marriage and Religious Freedom

ZENIT reports: The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has released the next video in the series highlighting the unique meaning of marriage. Entitled Made for Freedom, the newly released video features experts in various fields as well as personal stories illustrating the importance of marriage to […]

Pastor Parent to Public School: Obama's Decree Denies the Reality of Human Nature

Rod Dreher at The American Conservative posts a letter from a Christian Pastor to the Principal and Superintendent of his daughter’s public school, which charitably objects to the Obama administration’s recent decree on the ‘right’ of men to use girls’ and women’s bathrooms and locker room facilities. Here is a snippet: The real issue here […]

Italian Cardinal: New Civil Unions Law Threatens the Welfare of Families

Via Crux: VATICAN CITY — In recognizing civil unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples, the Italian government has equated those unions to marriage, said the head of the Italian bishops’ conference. While some supporters of the new law, which passed the legislature May 11, insisted the law did not recognize gay marriage, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of […]

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama Organizes Rally in Support of Chief Justice Roy Moore

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama has announced a rally event supporting Chief Justice Roy Moore.  Their press release follows: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Tom Ford Phone Number: (334)220-2319  MEDIA ADVISORY KAYLA MOORE, STATE SENATOR DICK BREWBAKER AMONG SPEAKERS TO ADDRESS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF CHIEF JUSTICE MOORE AT THE HEFLIN-TORBERT JUDICIAL BUILDINGSATURDAY MONTGOMERY, AL (May […]

NOM's President Signs Statement Decrying Scandals At Catholic Universities Who Honor People Who Oppose Marriage and Life

Brian Brown, president of NOM, has joined with other Catholic and pro-family leaders to decry the scandal at Catholic universities who have honored or provided speaking platforms to public advocates of abortion and same-sex ‘marriage.’ The statement called on Catholic colleges and universities to “‘consecrate [their selves] without reserve to the cause of truth’ by […]

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 […]