Category: Sovereignty Rights

Look to States for Preview of Havoc the “Equality Act” Would Wreak

Sexual orientation and gender identity policies have been used at the state and local level to attack businesses and charities, allow males into women’s sports and spaces, and politicize medicine.

Even though the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the effects of these policies, politicians are blindly pushing further forward to expand their reach.

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Abortion takes center stage in state legislatures

With 2019 well underway, states across the country have seen an increase in bills related to abortion, as pro-life advocates seek more success and abortion rights backers fear Supreme Court decisions.

“There is likely more activity this spring than there has been in many years. Perhaps ever. Each year in the past several years we thought the wave had crested. But it hasn’t,” Steven H. Aden, general counsel at Americans United for Life, told CNA April 8.

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Just 21% of New York Residents Support New Law Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation legalizing abortions up to birth in New York state, pro-life organizations called that a radical law out of step with the views of most Americans on abortion.

According to a new poll conducted by Marist University, those pro-life groups were right. That’s because just 13% of Americans and 21% of New York residents support that New York law allowing abortions for any reason without any limits up to the day a baby is born.

In the wake of a new law that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, a new survey conducted by the Marist Poll finds that the overwhelming majority of New York State residents oppose late-term abortion.

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Trump Administration Tightens Ban on Paying for Abortions in Foreign Nations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced two key moves by the Trump administration that he said would “ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize or promote abortions.” The United States spends about $9 billion a year on global health care programs, and President Donald Trump is determined that taxpayers’ dollars not go to foreign organizations that support or provide abortions, Pompeo told reporters Tuesday in the White House briefing room.

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‘I Was Almost a Victim of Abortion’: Star of ‘Unplanned’ Wants Movie to Change Hearts, Minds

It was such a profound moment because I never knew that. It was incredibly shocking and overwhelming, and so many other words I can’t even create right now in my mind, because I was here telling Abby Johnson’s story, one of the greatest pro-life voices of our time, never realizing that I was almost a victim of abortion. I was almost never here on this earth to share this story. It was definitely something that put life into perspective for me.

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Young Republicans’ Support for LGBT Agenda Drops

In this post-Obergefell world, not every young person is signing up to march in their local pride parade. The first generation to come of age in a same-sex marriage society is finally feeling the effects. And soon, so may LGBT activists. It’s a surprising headline for the New York Times, but a welcome one for conservatives: “Support of LGBT Rights Drops Among Republicans Under 30.” In just three years, young conservatives may have some buyer’s remorse about this agenda, which wasn’t supposed to affect them.

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Can Hatred of Christians Lead to Support of Sexual Minorities?

But there is a real possibility that they benefit more from their social conflict with conservative Christians than they lose from it. This is unusual. In most cases, social conflict between two groups is costly to both of them. But it is possible that one group can benefit from the conflict if they use that conflict to gain other allies. Our current culture war may work to the benefit of sexual minorities and the detriment of conservative Christians. This explanation can also help us understand the efforts to punish Christian businesses, schools, and organizations that do not hold progressive sexual values. Many of these fights are less about granting LGBT individuals their rights and more about making certain that organizations, including those run by conservative Christians, actively support sexual minorities. The libertarian argument for sexual-minority rights has given way to a more aggressive stance towards dissenters from the new norms of sexuality. This movement away from a “live and let live” perspective makes perfect sense if a significant portion of support for sexual minorities is tied to an antipathy towards conservative Christians.

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The Supreme Court Has the Opportunity to Clarify Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case of Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, which some viewed as a follow-up to last year’s Masterpiece Cake Shop case.

In its decision in favor of Jack Phillips’s Masterpiece Cake Shop, the Court made it clear that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was biased against the religious views of Mr. Phillips. While the decision reinforced the principle that government must not be hostile towards religion, it left many American business owners with more questions than answers — especially when art, expression, and speech intersect with daily commerce.

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Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Equality Act’ Would Be Disastrous. Here Are 5 Likely Victim Groups.

The Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law. But whereas the original Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered equality by ensuring that African-Americans had equal access to public accommodations and material goods, the Equality Act would further penalize everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Similar sexual orientation and gender identity laws at the state and local level have already been used in this way.

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High School Girls Protest Biological Males Being Allowed to Change in Their Locker Rooms

There are at least 787 students at Pennsylvania’s Honesdale High School—but only one of them seemed to know about a major change in the school’s rules. The others found out the most traumatic way possible—when they walked into the girls’ locker room and found a teenage boy in women’s underwear. For at least one 15-year-old sophomore, the situation was terrifying.

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Chick-Fil-A Banned From Airport Over ‘Anti-LGBTQ Behavior’

The San Antonio City Council has banned Chick-fil-A from San Antonio International Airport over “a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior,” as part of a new concession plan for the airport. Chick-fil-A said the City Council made no mention of its concerns before the motion, and that the restaurant would have liked to have had a dialogue with the council prior to the decision. “This is the first we’ve heard of this. It’s disappointing. We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision,” the company said in a statement.

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