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Texas Can and Should defy Supreme Court Ruling

AUSTIN, TX -  FEBRUARY 18:  Governor Greg Abbott (C) speaks alongside U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L), Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) at a joint press conference February 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  The press conference addressed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas' decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Texas’ Attorney General on Sunday stated that county clerks, judges and justices of peace could deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons, arguing that the Supreme Court did not abolish religious liberty. Ken Paxton, in his non-binding legal opinion, went on to add that “numerous lawyers” would be made available to defend public officials refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the Associated Press. “This newly minted federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage can and should peaceably coexist with longstanding constitutional and statutory rights, including the rights to free exercise of religion and freedom of ...

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Churches, religious liberty will suffer after gay marriage ruling

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  As confetti and leaflets were cleared from the steps of the Supreme Court Friday after a 5-4 majority ruled in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, religious groups across the ideological spectrum reacted to the decision. To supporters, such as the Right Rev. Gene Robinson, retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, the high court victory “certainly (brought) joy. We’ve been talking about this for a very long time.” Opponents, however, had a different view. The Rev. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was more concerned about protections for religious people. ...

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Walker is right: Constitutional amendment needed after high court gay marriage ruling

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not yet a declared candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but he came out stronger than any of his rivals after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, with a call for a constitutional amendment to allow the states to define marriage for themselves. “I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake,” Walker said in a statement Friday. “Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges ‘has been with us for millennia.'” He said the states are the ...

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Gay Marriage Ruling Will Destroy Religion Schools

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Conservative religious schools all over the country forbid same-sex relationships, from dating to couples’ living in married-student housing, and they fear they will soon be forced to make a wrenching choice. If the Supreme Court this month finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the schools say they will have to abandon their policies that prohibit gay relationships or eventually risk losing their tax-exempt status. The religious schools are concerned that if they continue to ban gay relationships, the Internal Revenue Service could take away their tax-exempt status as a violation of a “fundamental national public policy” under the reasoning ...

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Obama’s New Monicker Should be ‘Divider in Chief’

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Americans should reject the discordant ranting of a president who can’t even reconcile the irony of the racist message he preaches and the office he holds There was Barack Obama the other day, lecturing the country once more on the issue of race while further demeaning the decorum and office of the presidency with an appearance on a podcast called “WTF” that is hosted by some foul-mouthed white guy. And he dropped the “n” word. “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part ...

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Candidates MUST Take Stand: ‘Gay Marriage Against God’s Will’

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With the supreme court expected to rule by the end of the month on whether same-sex marriage is legal, many Christian evangelicals say they will refuse to obey a decision allowing gay unions. The Defend Marriage pledge, signed by more than 50,000 people, is one of a series of measures launched by social conservatives. Notable signers of the pledge include 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Santorum recently pursued a similar line of reasoning when he told NBC he would fight a court decision which legalised same-sex marriage. “I don’t advocate civil disobedience,” the former U.S. senator from ...

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How Madison Separated Church and State

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In 1784, when he was 33, James Madison, back from a three-year term in Congress, was a delegate in Virginia’s General Assembly. He weighed about 100 pounds, and he stood between five foot four and five foot six inches tall. He was kinetically anxious, almost feverish, and people seemed either to like or dislike him instantly.  A fellow congressman wrote Madison that “there never was a crisis, threatening an event more unfavorable to the happiness of the United States, than the present.” An apocalyptic mood descended on Virginia—a frenzy, even, where ordinarily rational men became convinced that everyday affairs were ...

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