Father seeks right to marry adopted son

It seems that before gay marriage was legal, in order to form a family union, an older homosexual man would sometimes adopt his young lover.  Now a father is trying to get a court to dissolve the adoption so that he can marry his son. [Read more...]

Babies are now living before they are legally “viable”

Legally, a fetus is not considered “viable” until 24 weeks, at which time certain protections may kick in.  But now, according to a new study, a baby may very well be viable–that is, able to survive outside the womb–at 22 weeks, and possibly earlier, especially as medical technology keeps getting better. [Read more...]

Kim Davis meets the Pope

Pope Francis met when he was here with Kim Davis, the county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  It’s strange to think of an Apostolic Pentecostal Christian, which Kim Davis is, holding much store with the Pope of Rome.  But that the Pope met with her puts flesh and blood to his rather vague statements on religious liberty.

He also made a point of meeting with the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been fighting in court for the right not to comply with Obamacare contraception requirements.

The media emphasized the Pope’s liberal pronouncements, but not so much his conservative ones.  But his actions show that he supports religious accommodations for those whose conscience cannot accept culture war laws. [Read more...]

Exemptions on moral, as well as religious grounds

Religious organizations can get an exemption from Obamacare’s birth control mandate.  But opposition to contraception and embracing a pro-life philosophy are matters of moral conviction, not just religious conviction.  What about an organization whose stance is based on moral reasoning, rather than religious doctrine?

March for Life is a secular organization, so a judge had ruled that it cannot be exempt from the Obamacare mandate.  But a federal judge threw out that decision, saying that moral objections can carry the same weight as religious convictions.

People are always confusing religion and morality, as if they were the same thing, or as if moral decisions are always religious decisions, and vice versa.  They are related, to be sure, but in the case of Christianity, which affirms both realms, the religious part is not so much about being moral as with finding forgiveness for NOT being moral.

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How legalized marijuana is working out in Colorado

The 17 states that are considering legalizing marijuana are being told about all kinds of economic benefits for doing so.  But in the case of Colorado, where legalized pot shops are proliferating, things haven’t worked out exactly as planned.  And there have been some unintended consequences. [Read more...]

The marijuana strategy

No less than 17 states will be voting on legalizing marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, on Election Day, 2016.  (For details of the various state initiatives, see this.)  Democrats are reportedly counting on left-leaning younger people who don’t normally vote coming to the polls to legalize marijuana, and while they are at it, casting a vote for the Democratic presidential candidate.  (The Democrats are apparently unaware of libertarians, who tend to vote Republican.)

The Democrats are counting on the stoner vote to carry battleground states like Ohio and Florida, both of which will be voting on legalizing the weed.  Meanwhile, of the Republican candidates, only Chris Christie and John Kasich are making a big deal of opposing it.  Even social conservative Ted Cruz says he would leave it up to the states.  And libertarian Rand Paul positively supports it.

What do you think about this?  Should Republicans make it an issue?  What does this strategy tell us about today’s Democratic party?  Do you think the Democrats’ strategy will work, or will the measures bring out just as many Republican voters? [Read more...]