Matt Birk, whose leadership on the football field has brought success to both the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, is appearing in a short online video in support of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which that state's voters will decide on in the November elections.
In case there was any question, Chick-fil-A's president confirmed in a September 29 interview with a local Atlanta television station that his company's philosophy is to “support Biblical families.” Months after Dan Cathy's public comments on the importance of the “biblical definition of the family” prompted an all-out assault on the franchise by homosexual activists, Cathy told the NBC affiliate that families “are very important to our country. And they're very important to those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage. We support Biblical families, and they've always been a part of that.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed controversial legislation making his state the first to ban therapy for minors struggling with same-sex attraction. As of January 1, 2013, explained the Associated Press, “mental health practitioners are prohibited from performing sexual orientation change efforts — known as reparative or conversion therapy — for anyone under 18.”
A Rhode Island school district has banned father-daughter dances, along with mother-son activities, saying such events violate the state's prohibition on gender discrimination. Rhode Island's Providence Journal reported that the Cranston school district made the move to ban the activities after the ACLU sent a letter to the district on behalf of a single mother who complained that her daughter could not attend a father-daughter dance at her school.
Over a dozen NewYork City high schools are making the “morning after” contraception pill available to their students, under a program initiated by the city's health department. High schools around the nation have handed out condoms to students for years, but observers said this is the first known case of a school district dispensing the emergency contraceptive, also known as the “abortion pill” because of its ability to cause abortion in women who take it after sex.
Delaware has become the very first state to pass a controversial law that effectively outlaws the corporal discipline of children by their parents. Senate bill 234 was signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on September 12.
Last week, a Chicago alderman declared that Chick-fil-A had agreed to cease funding pro-family and Christian organizations, leading some to believe that Chick-fil-A had kowtowed to public pressure. According to Chick Fil-A president Dan Cathy, however, indications that his company had come to that agreement are entirely false.
“Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been,” he said in a statement posted on Mike Huckabee’s website on Friday.
Chick-fil-A has responded to news reports that it has stopped funding some pro-family groups as a concession to gain approval for a restaurant in Chicago, saying that it has made no concessions in its funding philosophy and, in the words of company president Dan Cathy, remains “true to who we are.”
Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City-based national retailer with 22,500 employees and more than 500 stores in 41 states, has become the latest — and largest — business to file suit against President Obama's contraception mandate, that requires employers to provide its workers health insurance that offers free sterilization and contraception, including birth control drugs that have been found to cause abortion. Companies that refuse to follow the mandate can face fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
The California Senate passed a bill September 6 that would make it legal for non-physician medical professionals such as midwives to perform abortions under a statewide training program. The measure now awaits Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's signature.