Category: Sovereignty Rights

California must pay pro-life group’s legal fees following crisis pregnancy ruling

A California federal district court has ordered the state of California to pay Liberty Counsel $399,000 for attorneys’ fees and costs regarding the victory in Mountain Right to Life v. Becerra, which now prohibits the state from enforcing the California Reproductive FACT Act, a law which compelled pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion. After the Supreme Court ruled in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra that crisis pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote abortions, the state agreed the law was unconstitutional and a permanent injunction was entered blocking the law. Now California is required to pay $399,000 to Liberty Counsel for attorney’s fees and costs.

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Judge Says Tampa Ban on Conversion Therapy May Violate Therapists’ Free Speech Rights

A federal magistrate is arguing that a Tampa, Fla. ban on gay conversion therapy violates therapists’ constitutional rights.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone issued an opinion last week partly siding with a Christian ministry organization and two marriage and family therapists in their lawsuit against the city’s ordinance.

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Punishments Scrapped From Pronoun Policy

The latest version of a proposed University of Minnesota policy on gender identity attempts to reconcile free speech concerns with safeguarding gender expression.

Last week, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action revealed the most recent draft of a proposed policy on gender identity, expression and pronouns. The latest version omits controversial language that described consequences of violating the policy, up to firing or expulsion.

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Vermont discriminates against students of religious high schools, lawsuit claims

A group of Rice Memorial High School students, backed by one of the country’s most influential conservative Christian legal nonprofits, accused Vermont education officials of religious discrimination in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The students—two juniors and a sophomore who were identified only by initials in the court papers—said they wished to take college classes under Vermont’s Dual Enrollment program, but were excluded because they attend a Catholic high school.

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Democrats Try to Cut Out ‘So Help Me God’ from Committee Witness Oath, Backtrack After Outcry

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to strike “so help me God” from the oath witnesses take before testifying to one of the committees they now control, according to a draft of a rules package obtained by Fox News.

The draft governing procedures of the House Committee on Natural Resources contains the standard oath, “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” Fox reported Tuesday, with “so help you God” set in red brackets to denote a deletion. It apparently was to be replaced with the phrase “under penalty of law.”

The draft also reveals Democrats intend to purge gender-specific pronouns, replacing “his or her” with “their” and “Chairman” with “Chair.”

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Phoenix LGBT wedding invitation case back in court

Two evangelical Christian wedding invitation designers got their day in Arizona’s high court Tuesday, the next step in their quest to nullify a portion of Phoenix’s ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, sued Phoenix in 2016, arguing that the ordinance violates their First Amendment and Arizona Constitutional rights to free speech and religion.
They just don’t want to create materials that will be used in the celebration of a practice they don’t condone.

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Fight for Gender Equality at U.N. Faces Resistance, Report Says

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has inched up slightly in the eyes of women’s groups who said on Wednesday he has delivered on some promises to make the global organization a feminist institution but faces a major backlash and resistance.

The Feminist U.N. Campaign, a coalition of women’s rights groups, advocates and U.N. staff, gave him a grade of B-, up from the C+ it gave him a year ago.

The coalition launched its report card after the secretary-general said he would be a feminist leader when he took office two years ago.

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