LifeSiteNews.com reports that on January 13 the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by Maryland police officers and state troopers requesting immunity from a lawsuit filed against them by Defend Life, a pro-life organization. According to the Aegis, a Harford County, Maryland, newspaper, the group alleges “violation of First Amendment freedom of speech rights, violation of due process of law, unreasonable search and seizure, equal protection under the law, invasion of privacy constitutional protections, as well as assault and battery” in connection with their arrest during an August 1, 2008, protest in the town of Bel Air.
Several states officially recognize and celebrate January 19 as Robert E. Lee’s birthday, including the state of Virginia as part of Jackson-Lee Day which falls on the Friday before the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Day. The state of Texas celebrates Lee’s birthday on the 19th of January as part of Confederate Heroes Day, while Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi celebrate it concurrently with MLK day.
Opponents of New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law will try to get the 2009 statute repealed this year, despite learning that the issue is not on the agenda set by the leaders of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. The House leadership will focus efforts this year on the state budget, education funding, pension reform, parental rights and the economy, Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt said in announcing the priorities for the new legislative session.
While yesterday's liberals and today's progressives have championed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a hero for decades, a niece of the legendary civil rights leader says her uncle would be considered a pro-life, "social conservative" today.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has launched an online petition in an attempt to force CNN to stop inviting guests to its programs who oppose normalizing the homosexual lifestyle.