On February 13 Washington Governor Chris Gregoire affixed her signature to a law making her state the seventh to legalize homosexual marriage, even as pro-family forces were preparing a referendum that will challenge the measure and give voters the final say on how marriage is defined in the state.
Georgia’s Supreme Court has overturned a law banning advertising for assisted suicide, ruling that it unconstitutionally restricts free speech. The legislature had enacted the law in 1994 in an attempt to keep “right to die” proponents such as Dr. Jack Kevorkian from offering their services in the state.
America’s Roman Catholic bishops have joined other Christian and conservative voices in rejecting President Obama’s “compromise” on his earlier announced mandate requiring all employers — including most religious institutions — to include free contraception to women in their health insurance coverage.
Christian and pro-family groups are blasting President Obama’s “compromise” on his contraception mandate for religious groups as a meaningless distinction without a difference. On February 10, the White House announced that under a revision to the objectionable decree, religious institutions would not be required to offer free contraceptives to women employees as previously mandated. Instead, the requirement would be totally shifted to their insurance providers.
The U.S. Forest Service has announced that a statue of Jesus Christ that has graced the Big Mountain ski hill in northwestern Montana’s Flathead National Forest for nearly 60 years can stay there for at least 10 more years, thwarting efforts by the secular Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to have it removed.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has lately been arguing strenuously against the Obama administration’s decision to force all employers, regardless of their religious convictions, to provide insurance coverage for contraception, including contraceptives that can cause abortions. The government's decision has been widely denounced by officials of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches because they are opposed to both birth control (except in certain limited circumstances) and abortion.
The state of Washington is one step away from the legalization of homosexual marriage following passage of legislation in the state house of representatives on February 8 by a 55-43 vote. The same-sex marriage bill, which had been aggressively promoted by Governor Christine Gregoire, passed the Senate on February 1 by a 28-21 vote margin, and with Gregoire’s expected signature on the bill early next week, Washington will become the seventh state to legalize same-sex partnerships as “marriage,” joining New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa — along with the District of Columbia.
A noted Catholic canon lawyer has again called upon his church to bar former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from receiving Holy Communion. Ed Peters, who blogs at “In Light of the Law,” reiterated his earlier legal opinion on Pelosi in light of her vociferous support for the Obama administration’s edict that Catholic employers must provide, with no co-pays, insurance coverage for contraceptives, including birth control pills and other abortifacients.
In the latest controversy over President Obama’s infamous “contraception mandate,” the administration is coming under attack for attempting to prevent military chaplains from reading a letter from Timothy Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, U.S.A., warning Catholic military personnel about the government’s attack on their religious freedoms. According to CNSNews.com, the U.S. Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains determined that Catholic priests serving as Army chaplains were not to read the archbishop’s letter from the pulpit.
American dependence on government has soared to an all-time high under the Obama administration, spiking 23 percent in just two years, according to a new study by the Heritage Foundation. The conservative research group’s 2012 "Index of Dependence on Government" revealed that 67 million Americans are now banking on some federal program, including programs related to healthcare, housing, welfare, education subsidies, and other government programs that were "traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families."