Marriage and the Family

Federal Judge Rules Against DOMA

July 16, 2010 In a ruling that only applies to Massachusetts but is nonetheless reverberating across the country, a federal judge has declared that important aspects of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996, are unconstitutional.  The decision was quickly criticized by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad …

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Community Defense Act Loses in Kansas Senate

April 28, 2010 By the narrowest of margins, the Kansas Senate declined to advance the Community Defense Act, which would apply statewide regulation to sexually oriented business.  The vote was 20-20 when 21 were needed. The Community Defense Act would protect Kansas communities by mandating midnight closings for sexually oriented businesses and not allowing them …

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Bill Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses Moves Forward

March 24, 2010 The Kansas House passed legislation today regulating sexually oriented businesses: “adult” bookstores, video stores, arcades, nightclubs, theaters, etc. Currently, small towns in Kansas are left to fend for themselves when a sexually oriented business decides to move in and set up shop wherever and however they like.  If these towns attempt to …

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Church Hit Hard by DC Same-Sex Marriage Law

March 9, 2010 The Catholic Church in Washington has been hit hard by the D.C. Council’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the the nation’s capital city.  In order to be in compliance with the new law, which failed to provide satisfactory religious exemptions for the Catholic Church, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington had to …

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