FRIDAY, 10 JULY 2015

Public life after same-sex marriage: United Kingdom

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Video: Nothern Ireland bakery owners lose gay cake case

 

In the third and last article in this series Kathy Gyngell, co-editor of The Conservative Woman blog, finds a trend in favour of gay rights and against freedom of religious expression and conscience.

 

Once support for same-sex marriage was established in the opinion polls from 2012 onwards, courts in the UK have sanctioned case after case of intolerance of private beliefs and private behaviour. You could call it legally endorsed bullying.

From wedding cakes and bed and breakfast accommodation to pressure on Catholic adoption agencies and sex education in the classroom, public pressure and legal rulings have gone one way – in favour of gay rights and  against freedom of religious expression and conscience.

Before the legislation was enacted in March 2013, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had ruled that marriage registrars were public officials and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 7 JULY 2015

Atlanta’s sacked fire chief: ‘I want my job back’

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Kelvin Cochran, who was fired in January from his job as chief of Atlanta's fire service after giving a book about sex to some male work colleagues, wants his job back. He has appealed his dismissal to a federal court and is waiting for his case to be heard. In the video above he talks to Kelsey Harkness of The Daily Signal about the nature and significance of his case, which is in the hands of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

If Cochran had given his workmates a really gross book about sex such as Penthouse magazine, it’s very doubtful that anything would have happened. But the book in question was one he had put together himself on the Biblical meaning of sexuality, and it mentioned at one point that homosexual activity was a sin. Some LGBT activists got wind of it and complained to his boss at Atlanta City Hall.… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 4 JULY 2015

A media stampede on same-sex marriage can only harm society

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In yesterday’s issue of The Age, in Melbourne, three of the first five pages, including the lead article on the front page, were devoted to the same sex marriage issue. The content was almost totally in favor of same-sex marriage.

The previous day, all day, the mobile version lead item on the ABC news website, which normally changes several times in the course of a day, was a piece about “conservatives” in the Liberal Party blocking the same-sex marriage lobby. In fact 82 of 123 Liberal members are publically opposed to gay marriage.

Such inflammatory journalism is not in the interests of our society. An obvious rule of life is that one does not make important decisions when emotions are inflamed. It appears that news services are seeking to emotionalize this issue either by dint of policy or by a lack of editorial leadership, or both.

This… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY 2015

Family advocacy can be political and charitable, rules New Zealand judge

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Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie interviews NZ Prime Minister and gay
marriage supporter 
John Key at a forum in election year.

 

A New Zealand organisation promoting the natural family has won a decision from the country’s High Court that its political activities do not necessarily disqualify it as a charity.

Justice Collins ruled that Family First NZ’s advocacy of the traditional family makes it similar to “organisations that have advocated for the ‘mental and moral improvement’ of society” – that is, one of the classic types of charitable activity.

Family First was granted charitable status by the then Charities Commission in May 2007 but was served notice of deregistration by the Charities Board, which replaced the commission, in September 2012 during the run-up to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in April 2013.

In fact, the Charities Board confirmed its decision to deregister Family… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE 2015

A milestone in the sexual revolution

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Friday’s decision by the US Supreme Court to legalise same-sex marriage is a milestone in the history of the sexual revolution. The Obama Administration celebrated the occasion with a rainbow light show projected onto the White House “to demonstrate [its] unwavering commitment to progress and equality”.

But revolutionary events don’t always turn out as the protagonists expect.

On January 23, 1793, the bloody head of His Most Christian Majesty Louis XVI was displayed to a cheering crowd. The revolutionaries of the new French republic had finally extinguished the ancien regime. As a modern historian writes, the king’s execution “had destroyed something forever. When the guillotine blade fell at 10:22 that morning a mystique was destroyed. Monarchy had been desecrated, desacralised.”

The revolutionaries foresaw a brilliant future for the French nation after it was freed from the yoke of royalty. “Unless the tyrant loses his head, there will… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE 2015

What does the future hold?

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As the four dissenting opinions make abundantly clear, yesterday's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges had nothing to do with the Constitution. This ruling is perhaps as clear of an example of judicial activism as any we have seen in recent years – or are likely (hopefully) to see in the future. The majority of the Court simply replaced the people’s opinion about what marriage is with its own. Nothing in the Constitution supplies an answer to the question What Is Marriage? And none of the purported rationales can justify the Court redefining marriage everywhere.

This ruling will likely cause harm to the body politic: to constitutional democratic self-government, to marriage itself, to civil harmony, and to religious liberty. Because of space constraints, I highlight these four harms with quotations solely from Chief Justice John Roberts’s dissent. (Needless to say, they could be amplified with quotations from Justices Antonin… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE 2015

A defeat for ‘We the People’ and our posterity

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About five generations ago, our nation adopted the Fourteenth Amendment. In that same generation, our nation’s Supreme Court declared that “nothing was more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth” than “the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony.” Seemingly all American legal authorities concurred.

About five decades ago, for the first time ever, an American litigant claimed that our Constitution required the states to reject this view of marriage, and instead to issue marriage licenses to persons of the same sex. Upon hearing this claim, in 1972, the Supreme Court summarily rejected it as unserious, involving no “substantial federal question.” Seemingly all American legal authorities concurred.

Indeed, for the first two centuries in the life of our Republic, Americans largely agreed on the meaning and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 25 JUNE 2015

Is teaching Christian morals child abuse?

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Australia’s leading gay activist claims that a booklet defending natural marriage by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference clearly breaches an anti-discrimination act. Worse, it exposes “vulnerable children” to “damaging messages”.

Rodney Croome, national director of Australian Marriage Equality, is angry that Catholic schools in the state of Tasmania are distributing “Don’t Mess with Marriage”. Archbishop Julian Porteous plans to give 12,000 Tasmanian Catholic school children copies to pass on to their parents.

Some teachers were horrified at the prospect of Catholic schools distributing Catholic literature, says Mr Croome:

“The Catholic Church has every right to express its views from the pulpit but it is completely inappropriate to enlist young people as the couriers of its prejudice. The booklet says to gay students in Catholic schools that their sexuality is wrong and that their aspiration to marry is a danger to marriage, religion and society.”

And Mr… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE 2015

Business and professions will suffer if same-sex marriage arrives

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I was a law student when I first learned of the consequences of not being politically correct concerning homosexuality. A former Miss America’s contract as the citrus growers’ brand-ambassador was allowed to lapse because she had successfully campaigned for the repeal of a pro-homosexual ordinance in Miami-Dade County. She was quoted as saying, “What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable, alternate way of life.” She was publicly humiliated -- "pied" on national television -- and her name -- Anita Bryant -- became synonymous with something called "homophobia" and "hate speech."

As a new Air Force judge advocate officer, my first court assignment was to represent the United States in an administrative discharge proceeding concerning a female service member. She was being kicked out of the service… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 22 JUNE 2015

Would Oscar Wilde have voted for same-sex marriage?

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After a “yes” to gay marriage in Ireland’s referendum, columnists at The Guardian, the BBC, The Globe and Mail, and at the New York Times celebrated a long overdue vindication for Oscar Wilde.

But Wilde is the last person gay marriage advocates should want as their poster boy. The Victorian playwright’s views on marriage were so comically toxic that, he would shame any self-respecting gay right out of the license office. His life reads like a burlesque of the academic field of “queer theory” and is a warning to society against letting its little Oscars run wilde.

Wilde’s views on wedlock unfold in witty ripostes he made at table, written epigrams, and countless aphorisms which blossom on the lips of his characters. Imagine Oscar Wilde in Paris at “Les Deux Magots” café. He’s sipping absinthe. Someone asks his opinion on gay marriage.… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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