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  • The wrong argument against traditional marriage

    by Peter Sprigg

    April 27, 2015: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a set of cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges on Tuesday, challenging state laws and constitutions that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. One of the arguments made by those who wish to redefine marriage nationwide is that classifying same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex couples for purposes of civil marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

  • The absurdity of Malloy's travel ban

    by Peter Sprigg

    April 05, 2015: Indiana recently adopted a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), defining a legal standard for cases in which government action affects someone's First Amendment right to religious freedom. Critics, though, deceitfully attacked it as a "license to discriminate" against homosexuals, leading legislators to gut their own law. On March 30, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced he would ban state-funded travel to Indiana because of RFRA.

  • 10 Myths About Redefining Marriage

    by Peter Sprigg

    March 16, 2015: Advocates of redefining "marriage" to include same-sex couples use a number of arguments that can best be described as "myths." The reality is often quite different.

  • Freedom yes, redefining marriage no

    by Peter Sprigg

    March 06, 2015: By an almost 2-1 margin, Americans in a recent poll declared they agree that "States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn't force all 50 states to redefine marriage."

  • Judge Granade Pulls the Pin on Marriage

    by Peter Sprigg

    February 15, 2015: Most of the media is blaming the current chaos in Alabama over whether same-sex couples will or will not be issued marriage licenses on Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Uncommon Common Sense on Marriage

    by Peter Sprigg

    November 20, 2014: For defenders of natural marriage, the long wait for a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was worth it. Three months to the day after hearing oral arguments on cases out of four states (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee), a three-judge panel issued a 2-1 ruling on November 6 upholding the states' rights to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws: A Threat to Free Markets and Freedom of Conscience and Religion

    by Peter Sprigg

    October 30, 2014: Local, state and federal governments are being urged by activists to expand the protected categories under existing civil rights laws to bar "discrimination" in employment, housing, and/or public accommodations on the basis of " sexual orientation (which includes voluntary homosexual conduct); and " gender identity (referring not to one's biological sex, but typically to "the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual's designated sex at birth" [H.R. 1755/S.815: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013]). "Gender identity" provisions are intended to protect transgender individuals-an umbrella category that includes: " transsexuals (people who have had sex-change surgery), " transvestites (cross-dressers), " drag queens and drag kings (people who cross-dress for entertainment purposes only). For convenience, we will refer to this general category of non-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation (SO) and gender identity (GI) as "SOGI" laws.

  • Obama Executive Order on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    by Peter Sprigg and Travis Weber

    September 11, 2014: On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order to prohibit discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" by federal contractors, and to prohibit discrimination against federal employees based on "gender identity" ("sexual orientation" had already been included as a protected category in federal employment by President Clinton).

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