At today’s U.S. Supreme Court marriage-equality arguments, the focus will be on whether the states’ marriage bans impermissibly discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. But the marriage cases also involve old-fashioned discrimination on the basis of sex. In states without marriage equality, men can marry only women, and women can marry only men. These arguments have not received as much discussion in the cases so far, but they will be before the high court all the same. Read more
A prominent Religious Right figure recently used church-state separation as an excuse to prohibit same-sex marriage, which can mean only one thing: Fundamentalists have run out of ideas to halt marriage equality. Read more
Religious Right star Rick Santorum seems to think that repeating a lie often enough will make it true, but his insistence that children are not allowed to read the Bible in public schools still has no basis in reality. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Greece, N.Y.’s policy of opening government meetings with Christian prayers.
In a 5-4 decision today, the high court said that Marsh v. Chambers, a 1983 ruling that permits state legislatures to pay for official chaplains and open sessions with prayers, authorizes the town’s practice. Read more
The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.
“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.” Read more
As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” And as far as Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins is concerned, the fight to stop the legalization of same-sex marriage is far from over.
In a recent fundraising email on behalf of FRC’s lobbying arm, Perkins ranted that the Supreme Court’s June ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) didn’t really do much. Read more
After voters in Washington state approved marriage equality in November, Larry Duncan and Randell Shepherd of North Bend were among the first batch of couples to apply for a license.
A photo of the two bearded and burly men wearing plaid flannel shirts and camouflage baseball caps as they applied for a wedding license went viral on the internet. The image was both ordinary and extraordinary, and people were charmed that the stereotypical portrait of married couples in America had been expanded to include couples like Duncan and Shepherd. Read more