First Amendment

January 4, 2013

Contraception Mandate Kicks In for Wave of Employers

The battle over religious freedom intensifies as the controversial federal contraception mandate goes into effect for many for-profit employers.

December 12, 2012

Marriage at Stake

COMMENTARY

December 12, 2012

Mennonite-Owned Wood Manufacturer Sues Over Contraception Mandate

‘Forcing Americans to surrender long-standing, deeply-held principles in order to own and run a business is not merely troubling but unnecessary and unconstitutional,’ the company’s president says.

December 11, 2012

Supreme Court Set to Hear Prop. 8 and DOMA Cases

Both sides in the struggle over the legal definition of marriage are enthusiastic about their courtroom prospects, but the high court could steer clear of passing definitive judgment on the issue.

November 30, 2012

Plaintiffs Seek to Block California Law Banning ‘Reparative Therapy’ for Minors

State law’s supporters say therapy to change orientation is dangerous, but plaintiffs allege that the ban violates the rights of minors who seek help with unwanted same-sex attraction.

November 29, 2012

Missouri Business Granted Injunction Against HHS Mandate

The company’s Catholic owner says the contraceptive mandate violates his religious freedom by forcing him to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.

November 27, 2012

Supreme Court Directs Appeals Court to Address Challenge to HHS Mandate

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must examine the claim that mandated coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violates religious freedom, but ruling offers no assurance that justices will take up the case.

October 16, 2012

The States of Religious Freedom

Nine state-level religious-freedom caucuses gear up for new challenges to First Amendment rights.

August 1, 2012

Ruling Strikes Body Blow to Obamacare

Commentary on Catholic business' injunction victory against the HHS mandate, as Aug. 1 marks the initial implementation of the controversial federal ruling.

April 5, 2012

Democrats’ Chosen Witness Derides Catholics

Anti-Catholicism was on display at the recent ‘feminist mobilization’ forum.

March 15, 2012

Would Obama's Mandate Fly With the Founding Fathers?

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February 27, 2012

Cardinal Dolan Joins Protest Over 'Unacceptable' Attack on Religious Liberty

500 signatures are now on Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's petition campaign to protect Americans' First Amendment rights.

February 14, 2012

The Ascent of Love and St. Valentine, The Magisterium of Nuns, The Four Chaplains, and much more!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

February 9, 2012

UPDATE #2: Democrats double down on contraception

January 11, 2012

Supreme Court Unanimously Backs Hosanna Tabor Church, Decides in Favor of Religious Liberty

Constitutional scholars hail decision, a defeat for the Obama administration.

December 1, 2011

Texas Showdown Headed for High Court?

Extent of church involvement in politics is at issue in protest against domestic partner legislation.

October 11, 2011

Supreme Court to Decide Issue of Women Priests?

October 7, 2011

Cautious Optimism After Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hosanna Tabor Case

The government’s challenge to “ministerial exception” in 1st amendment case prompts skepticism from justices, Kagan included.