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Posts for February 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Puts a Stop to Students’ Rights Case

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in our case of student versus teacher.  Our client, Chad Farnan, was a sophomore in a high school Advanced Placement European History class, when he had to endure almost daily statements from his teacher that Chad argued were an unconstitutional attack on Christianity and religion, including the statement: “When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can’t see the truth.”

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Is President Obama’s “Compromise” Enough?

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In January, President Obama announced that, as part of his Obamacare program, employers would have to include free access to birth control pills in their health coverage plans.  Churches and other houses of worship got an exception from this policy, but other religious institutions would only get an additional year to work out the issue and start providing this coverage to employees.

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Ninth Circuit Rules on Prop 8 & Denies Intervention to Imperial County Clerk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Lori Sanada  (951) 304-7583 weekdays,
(951) 500-7854 weekends and evenings

San Francisco, CA.  Today, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals decided that the people of California had no right to pass an initiative that limits marriage to one man and one woman.  At the same time, the Court of Appeals denied a petition to intervene that was filed by Chuck Storey, County Clerk for the County of Imperial.

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The Fate of Marriage Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Today, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals decided that the people of California had no right to pass an initiative that limits marriage to one man and one woman.  At the same time, the Court of Appeals denied a petition to intervene that was filed by Chuck Storey, County Clerk for the County of Imperial.

The question of who has a right to defend Proposition 8 has been at the center of the litigation since neither the Governor, Attorney General or other named defendants would defend the initiative adopted by a majority vote of the people of California.  After the official campaign proponents were granted the right to intervene in the District Court, questions were raised as to whether they would have sufficient standing to appeal the case and ultimately take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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“Obamacare” Offers Little Room for Religious Liberty

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Recently, the Obama administration announced that, as part of Obama’s healthcare mandate known as “Obamacare”, religious and church-affiliated institutions will have to cover free birth control for their employees.  Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, said that nonprofit religious organizations could have an additional year to implement this new requirement.

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