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Hallmark LQBTQ Christmas Movies

Hallmark to Feature LGBT Storylines, Characters In Upcoming Holiday Films

Jul 24, 2020

Hallmark’s parent company Crown Media announced 18 out of its 40 new Christmas films and has confirmed that there will be “LGBTQ+ representation along the way” for the remaining 22 films.

Sanctuary For Unborn Texas

14th Texas City Bans Abortion, Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

Jul 24, 2020

The city council of East Mountain, Texas agreed to an ordinance prohibiting abortion within city limits in a 3-0 vote with 2 abstentions, making it the 14th city in the state to declare itself a “sanctuary of the unborn.” Another Texas town, Waskom was the first to pass such an ordinance in June of last year. Since then, several other towns in Texas have followed their lead.

NY Adoption Agency

Christian Adoption Agency Can Sue NY for Threatening Closure Over Not Placing Children With Same-Sex or Unmarried Couples

Jul 24, 2020

A Christian adoption agency's legal battle with the state of New York regarding its policy to place children only with married, heterosexual couples on religious grounds will continue under a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday.

Transgender Surgery Opposition

Twenty-Four States Sue to Block Rule Allowing Doctors to Object to Transgender Surgery

Jul 24, 2020

Twenty-four Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration on behalf of those who identify as gay, lesbian, or transgender regarding a new rule that defines “sex” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in terms of biology.

Amazon Ads

Amazon Bans Ads for Book on How Transgender Ideology Harms Girls

Jul 17, 2020

A well-known conservative publisher is claiming that Amazon suspended an advertising campaign ahead of the release of one of its books that details how transgender ideology is having harmful effects on young women.

Georgia Heartbeat Bill

Judge Permanently Blocks Georgia's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Law

Jul 17, 2020

A federal judge permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 abortion law on Monday night, finding it unconstitutional on the basis of Roe v. Wade. Under the legislation, abortions would be banned after six weeks, which is approximately when a doctor may be able to detect a heartbeat from a fetus. The law did make exceptions for cases involving rape and incest. The law was to go into effect at the beginning of 2020, however a preliminary injunction was issued in October and Monday’s ruling permanently blocks the law from taking effect.

College Free Speech

US Supreme Court Takes Religious Freedom Case of College Students Denied Justice by Lower Courts

Jul 17, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a dispute between a former Georgia Gwinnett College student and campus administrators over Christian evangelism on campus. On Thursday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case filed by, Chike Uzuegbunam, who previously sued the educational institution after his attempts to preach the gospel on campus were shut down twice. 

Tennessee Heartbeat

Court Halts Tennessee Abortion Law Signed By Gov Lee

Jul 17, 2020

Monday Gov. Bill Lee signed into law the abortion legislation he proposed and which was passed by the General Assembly in the last hours of the recently completed legislative session. However, it remained in effect for less than an hour.

Contraception

Supreme Court Exempts Little Sisters From Birth Control Mandate

Jul 10, 2020

Following years of litigation over the Obama-era contraception mandate which compelled employers to participate in the provision of contraceptives for their employees, Little Sisters of the Poor had at least a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

High Court Rejects Challenges to Abortion Buffer Zone Laws

Jul 10, 2020

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up challenges to rulings upholding laws in Chicago, Illinois and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that create buffer zones around abortion facilities. The laws require those who wish to reach abortion-seekers to stand back at a certain distance from the entrance to the facility, making it harder to communicate with those who think abortion is the solution to their situation.

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