Democrats Leave Party Over
Marriage, Religious Freedom Concerns
-- A wave of local and state Democrats throughout the U.S. are leaving the party due to controversy over its leaders’ support for “gay marriage,” as well as concerns about religious freedom and the defense of the unborn.


Dissenting Judges Scold Colleagues
Appeals Court Denies Petition for En Banc Review

Prop 8 Remains in Effect Pending Appeal
Case Moves to Supreme Court

SAN  FRANCISCO, June 5, 2012 -- This morning, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, denied a request by the Prop 8 legal defense team for a review by the full court (en banc) of the 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel in February that struck down Prop 8. The court did not disclose how close the deciding vote of the judges was, but the denial was not unexpected. It clears the way for the case to defend Prop 8 to go to the United States Supreme Court. We are pleased that the court decided to issue a stay that keeps Prop 8 in effect pending the appeal.


Calif. Gay Therapy Restriction
Bill Passes Senate
Called Intrusive and Unscientific
SACRAMENTO, CA, June 3, 2012 -- California's senate has approved a bill restricting the therapeutic treatment of homosexuality in minors. Critics say the measure fails to respect scientific standards, as well as personal and family rights. Dr. Christopher Rosik, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), said the largely partisan May 30 vote represented a “triumph of political activism over objective science.”


Pope: The Married Family
Can Change the World
-- Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better.


1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down DOMA
Bishop Cordileone: Decision ‘Grave Injustice’
Respecting Reality of Marriage Protects Children
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012—A federal appeals court decision May 31 to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act is a matter of “grave injustice,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.


Sex-selection Abortion Ban Draws
Majority Support but Fails in House

WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012 -- Despite gaining the support of more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions based on the sex of the unborn child was defeated on May 31.


Skin Cells Become Beating Heart Tissue
SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2012 -- Good ethics and good science are an unbeatable combination.  For example, I believe that in part due to President Bush’s keeping the focus on the value of human embryonic life, scientists looked for ways to get the hoped for benefits of embryonic stem cells, without destroying or cloning embryos. This led to the induced pluripotent stem cell breakthrough that takes normal cells, changes them to stem cells, and thence into other types of tissue. Now, an important IPSC study has shown that skin cells made into cardiac cells function well in the heart.


Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, HHS Mandate Religious Liberty

Most Americans Support
Religious Rights, Health Care Exemptions- A new survey found that the majority of Americans support religious rights whenever they are in conflict with other laws, as well as the right to opt out of providing drugs, services and procedures for religious reasons.


Mary Ann Glendon HHS Mandate, bishops' law suits religious liberty 1st amendment

Mary Ann Glendon:
Why Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government
BOSTON, May 21, 2012 -- This week Catholic bishops are heading to federal courts across the country to defend religious liberty. On Monday they filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) sterilization, abortifacient and birth-control insurance mandate.


Bishop Kevin Rhoades, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth questions Girl Scouts of America policies

Controversy Continues as Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years
Promotes Abortion and Anti-Marriage Agenda

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Girl Scouts of the USA is continuing to fall under scrutiny for its alleged connections to groups that promote abortion, contraception and homosexuality. 

Secret Public Records Demanded
For UCSF Non-Physician Abortion Project
CA SB1338 Brought Project to Light
OAKLAND, CA, May 8, 2012 -- On May 10, the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) will request in court that essential information related to the non-physician abortion Project sponsored by UCSF/Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health must be made public. According to the California Public Records Act (CPRA), additional Project information should be made public. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 10 AM Pacific Time in Superior Court, County of Alameda, 201 13th Street, Oakland, CA.


North Carolina Victory
What it Means Going Forward
SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2012-- Despite a well financed campaign of deception by opponents, North Carolina's Amendment One received overwhelming support with a 61% to 39% win. This was a huge step forward in protecting the reality that marriage unites men and women and any children born of their unions.


ACTION COMPLETED
Bill passed

CA "Trojan Horse" Marriage Bill
Moves to Senate Floor
Ask Your State Senator to Vote “No”
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 -- When I testified at the recent Judiciary Committee hearing, you should have heard Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) describe how much he cares about churches. He detailed how he and Equality California want to make sure churches are protected should marriage be redefined in California.


ACTION Completed
Bill defeated

Victory on CA SB1338
(Abortion by Non-Doctors Bill)

Unable to Get Enough Votes
Please Make Thank You Calls
SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2012 -- Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced late Friday that she was withdrawing her bill to permit certain non-doctors to perform first trimester vacuum aspiration abortions. She was not able to get any Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee members, who had previously voted against the bill, to change their votes. Your phone calls and emails really helped.


New Book Asks:
Is US a 'Nation of Heretics?'
- Are Americans actually trading in faith for a more secular outlook? Or is the country's religious center merely shifting – toward a array of sects, visionaries, charismatic leaders and unorthodox doctrines?



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