Month: February 2011

Obama Administration Will No Longer Defend DOMA

February 24, 2011 The Obama Administration has announced that it will no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  Anthony Picarello, Jr., General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement: “Marriage has been understood for millennia and across cultures as the union of one man and one woman.  …

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Religious Liberty Bill Tabled

February 21, 2011 A majority of members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to indefinitely postpone further consideration of legislation today that would protect the religious liberties of Kansans.  The decision by Committee members to “table” is tantamount to a vote against the legislation. The First Amendment freedoms that all Americans take for granted are …

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Death Penalty Repeal Bill Introduced

February 19, 2011 Legislation that would end the use of the death penalty has been introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives.  Last year, the Kansas Senate came within one vote of approving legislation that would have repealed Kansas’s death penalty law.  The Kansas bishops support repeal as they believe that capital punishment is not …

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Obama Administration Overturns Conscience Protection Rule

February 19, 2011 The long-anticipated decision by the Obama Administration to overturn the Bush Administration’s conscience protection regulation has finally occurred.  The Bush regulation was designed to protect health care personnel from being required to to participate in medical procedures that they find immoral.  The Obama regulation will apparently keep in place some protections against …

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Kansas Catholic Conference Testifies on Behalf of Crisis Pregnancy Program

February 11, 2011 Thursday, the Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the Stan Clark Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative, which provides women facing challenging pregnancies with a support system, including counseling on alternatives to abortion.  Catholic Charities is the primary provider of these critically important services that help women, often low-income, choose life.  The program has …

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House Committee Passes Bill Ending In-State Tuition for Those Here Illegally

February 11, 2011 The House Federal & State Affairs Committee voted in favor of legislation to end in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants Thursday.  Kansas’s four Catholic bishops submitted a joint statement to the Committee urging legislators to show compassion to young adults who in many cases were brought to Kansas at an early age …

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Manhattan Approves Sexual Orientation Ordinance

February 9, 2011 The Manhattan City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a new ordinance advertised as protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and “gender identity,” but that in fact presents a grave threat to religious liberty.  The Attorney for the Diocese of Salina had previously testified against the proposal because …

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