Hobby Lobby co-founders David and Barbara Green praised God and thanked the Supreme Court for its ruling in favor of religious freedom. The high court ruled on Monday that the company can refuse to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs based on their religious belief.
"The Supreme Court re-affirmed what our family has always believed – that America is a country founded on and sustained by religious liberty. It's been a long journey, but an important one for our family and for those who wish to be guided in all areas of life, including their businesses, by faith and conscience," Barbara Green said in a video message posted on The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty website.
"We are truly thankful for a decision that allows us to continue operating our family business according to our principles," Green continued. "One of those principles is gratitude, and we are deeply grateful to our employees, to our customers, to the many individuals from all walks of life who have shown their support through word, action and prayer. We thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued grace to shine on our nation." more >>
Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge who ruled that it is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.
"In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville argued.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the case regarding the Mt. Soledad cross war memorial in San Diego, California, and sent the case back to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote that the case's appeals process must be fully exhausted before it can be addressed by the higher court. A U.S. district judge had ruled against the cross back in December, but issued a stay in his ruling, so those defending the cross may appeal it.
The Mount Soledad Memorial Association then petitioned the Supreme Court, asking if they could circumvent an appeal in the 9th Circuit and receive a Supreme Court ruling to settle the constitutionality of the cross once and for all. more >>
The woman known as the "nightmare nanny" has finally agreed to leave the home where she has been squatting since March. Diane Stretton is speaking out and telling her side of the story, in which she claims that the family she was hired to work for mistreated her and she was in the right by staying in the home.
"I didn't get lunch breaks; I didn't get coffee breaks; I didn't get any holidays," Stretton told Los Angeles' KNX radio. "Basically, I was working 24/7. They were the ones trying to exploit me, as if I was some poor migrant worker from a foreign country that they could just exploit and work 24/7."
Stretton was initially hired to be a live-in nanny for Marcella Bracamonte, who claims that she fired Stretton a few months after she began working for her. However, Stretton claims that she quit. Later, a California judge issued a ruling siding with Stretton, which essentially gave her permission to remain at the residence. Police said that they could not force Stretton out without an eviction notice, which a judge refused to give. more >>
The Obama administration has responded to Monday's Supreme Court decision to allow for-profit corporations with certain religious convictions like Hobby Lobby to opt-out of part of the "Obamacare" birth-control mandate, by arguing that it jeopardizes women's health.
"President [Barack] Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
"Today's decision jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies. As millions of women know firsthand, contraception is often vital to their health and wellbeing. That's why the Affordable Care Act ensures that women have coverage for contraceptive care, along with other preventative care like vaccines and cancer screenings." more >>
U.S. Olympic gold medalist soccer player Hope Solo was arrested last week for domestic violence. She reportedly got into a fight with her sister and 17-year-old nephew. It was not the first time Solo was involved in a domestic dispute, and the soccer star has now apologized publicly for her actions.
"I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend," Solo posted in a note on Facebook. "I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed."
Solo went on to explain that she and her family were close and resolving the conflict among them. She has been ordered to stay away from the victims and refrain from drinking alcohol, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said that they would be talking to Solo and her representatives to discuss where to go from there. more >>