The U.S. Supreme Court takes up two cases this week on the fiercely debated moral question of same-sex marriage, and religious voices on both sides of the issue are weighing in on what could become pivotal decisions in the court’s — and the nation’s — history.
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The 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion falls on Jan. 22, and the March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, is on Jan. 25. Debate over this issue is as intense as ever yet it’s unclear that either opponents or supporters of abortion rights are winning.
The 2010 midterm congressional elections promised to reshape the political landscape, and they did just that, as Republicans swept to victory in the House while cutting deeply into the Democratic majority in the Senate. But the vote also recast the terrain on moral and social issues important to believers of all political persuasions.
Religion was at the forefront as the U.S. Supreme Court began its new term this week. Justices heard arguments and seemed divided Wednesday over whether a cross in a national preserve violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The cross, which honors World War I soldiers, was first erected – without permission — in California’s Mojave Desert in [...]
The killing of a Kansas abortion doctor has thrust the issue of abortion rights and abortion violence into the headlines again. George Tiller was shot to death Sunday, May 31, 2009, while serving as an usher at his Lutheran church in Wichita. A 51-year-old suspect, Scott Roeder, was apprehended later that day, and the story [...]
UPDATED APR. 18, 2007: The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday (April 18, 2007) that the federal law banning the so-called “partial-birth abortion” procedure does not violate a woman’s right to an abortion. The ruling was considered a victory for abortion opponents. The procedure, usually carried out in the second or third trimester of [...]
UPDATED FEB. 21, 2006: On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a small religious group that combines Christianity and Native American practices can use hallucinogenic tea in its ceremonies. The core of the case – what happens to the First Amendment right to freely exercise religion when it conflicts with federal law – [...]