Turn or burn: Obama attempts to export gay rights

During his trip to Africa, President Obama laid out key policies regarding the administration’s perception of how the growing homosexual population must be recognized. Given the approach the president has taken in the past, is it possible that Kenya and Ethiopia could experience some of the same treatment as the Gambia received in recent years?  One thing is for certain: already difficult conditions for African countries could become more difficult if those in the troubled regions are not willing to give up their conscience and accept homosexuality. Similar to anti-gay…

Protecting Religious Liberty

Our country was founded by groups fleeing religious persecution by the state. Many of the men and women involved in the formation of our government were also highly skeptical and suspicious of organized religion. These traditions are what lead to the First Amendment’s protections not just for religious belief, but the ability to be able to freely put those beliefs into action. It also extends those rights to individuals, not merely organized churches. It would be hard to find a nation on the earth more dedicated to preserving that degree…

Gay Rights, Equal Protection, and the Possible Resurgence of the State Action Doctrine

With the Amendment 3 appeal looming on the horizon, one of the great questions on people’s minds is, “To what extent would a decision striking down Amendment 3 on the ground that it violated the right of equal protection affect the actions of private individuals or businesses?” As always, the Constitution is the starting point.  The Bill of Rights protects only against congressional action (hence, the preface “Congress shall make no law . . . “).  Originally, neither individuals nor states were bound by any of the guaranties, except to…