Why I want Wednesday’s Spending Review to have families at its heart

Nov 23, 2015 by

By David Burrowes MP, Conservative Home: Back in June, I wrote a piece for Conservative Home arguing that family policy must be the litmus test of success for this Government. The Conservative Party is the only party that truly recognises that a strong society needs strong families, not a strong state. The Government showed its clear intent when, just over a year ago, it published the Family Test. The Prime Minister’s aim was for “every Government department to be held to account for the impact of their policies on the family”, ensuring that “every single domestic policy that government comes up with will be examined for its impact on the family”. Since the summer, there have been increasing calls for this narrative to be translated into practical action in the area of family policy. From a range of articles on this site, through to packed events at Conservative Party...

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How Nicky Morgan plans to steal schools from the church

Nov 17, 2015 by

By Laura McInerney, Guardian: The government is currently passing a law that will require it to grab land from the churches. Not just allow it to, but require it. Once the land is seized, the government can parcel it out to its best buds – no questions asked. From what I can remember of history, such escapades almost always end badly. How have we ended up in this situation? And what does it have to do with schools? The education and adoption bill, currently working its way through parliament, will, if passed as expected, spit out some pretty important new laws. And perhaps the most controversial is that the education secretary will becompelled to force the takeover of schools rated by inspectors as inadequate. No discretion will be allowed. If the school is not yet an academy, it will be pushed into becoming one. To the sort of mind...

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Birth Certificates, Fatherhood, and Same-Sex Marriage: Sotomayor v. Sotomayor

Nov 5, 2015 by

By Adam J MacLeod, Public Discourse: It did not take long for marriage revisionism to show its hostility to the relationship among children, mothers, and fathers. Just a few months after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that all states must eliminate from their legal definition of marriage the essential involvement of man and woman, conflicts between this redefinition and the fundamental rights of children to be connected to both father and mother are already making their way through the courts. In these conflicts, children’s rights might seem to enjoy an advantage of priority. Even states that redefined marriage several years ago have left in place the legal incidents of marriage that secure children to both mother and father, preserving distinct inequalities between marriage, man-man “marriage,” and woman-woman “marriage.” As Alabama Governor Roger Bentley observed in an amicus curiae brief filed in Obergefell v. Hodges (a brief...

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Is Obergefell binding? No, say 60 scholars

Oct 12, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, Conjugality: The decision of the Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges effectively legalised same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Or did it? A group of 60 distinguished scholars, mostly lawyers, insist that it does not. They have thrown down the gauntlet, arguing that the Supreme Court is supreme in the federal judicial system. But the justices are not supreme over the executive and legislative branches of government. “And they are certainly not supreme over the Constitution.” Behind this audacious challenge is Princeton Professor Robert P. George, an eminent academic and a seasoned campaigner in the battle to stop same-sex marriage. For village pump lawyers, this might sound strange, even arrogant. Surely, in all legal disputes, the Supreme Court has the final word? Not necessarily – although it requires a finely calibrated legal mind to understand the strength and boundaries of the issues involved. Basically the scholars...

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A Group of Over 60 Prominent Legal Scholars has Issued a Major Statement

Oct 10, 2015 by

From NOM: Marking the opening of the new US Supreme Court term this week, a group of over 60 prominent legal scholars has issued a major statement declaring that the notorious ruling from the last Court term which purported to redefine marriage in theObergefell v Hodges case is “anti-constitutional and illegitimate” and should not be treated public officials or citizens as binding precedent or settled law. The scholars, including NOM co-founder Professor Robert George and Chairman Dr. John Eastman, said that the decision is, “lacking anything remotely resembling a warrant in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution” and “must be judged anti-constitutional and illegitimate.” They called on the other branches of government and American citizens to refuse to treat the decision as binding precedent or consider it to have settled the law of the United States. “We stand with James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in...

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400 Percent Spike in Legal Requests After Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling, Reveals Conservative Law Firm

Sep 28, 2015 by

By Michael Grybowski, Christian Post: WASHINGTON – A conservative law firm saw a 400 percent increase in calls requesting legal help since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. At a panel event titled “Are You Ready for the Coming Legal Attack?” at the tenth annual Values Voters Summit on Saturday afternoon, Jeff Mateer, who served as the panel’s moderator, of the Texas-based Liberty Institute explained that many religious organizations have contacted him and his colleagues with legal concerns centered around the possible fallout from the decision. “At Liberty Institute we have seen our requests for legal help go up 400 percent just since the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision,” said Mateer to those gathered. “You can imagine the twelve lawyers who work with me, even our vast army of volunteer attorneys who work with us. We can’t keep up with all those requests.” Before the high court’s decision...

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