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In defense of marriage

As the country’s attention shifts to two cases on same-sex marriage that are before the US Supreme Court this week, Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod made a vigorous argument in defense of marriage between a man and a woman, telling supporters in an email that it is the “engine that drives the country.”

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Challenging Cathi Herrod, the ‘self-appointed sheriff of wombs and bedrooms’

“Congress” and by definition states, “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These beginning clauses to the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights are rooted in the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657. This religious declaration of independence was drawn up by 30 residents of the New Netherland colony, willing to forfeit freedom, property and their very presence in the New World, to protest Dutch Gov. Peter Stuyvesant’s ban on Quaker worship.

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Birth-Controlled: Pro-life activists push for greater restrictions on abortion, contraception (access required)

Pro-life advocates are taking advantage of Republicans’ unparalleled dominance at the state Capitol, pushing for their most ambitious agenda yet in their fight to restrict abortion and birth control. If enacted, the slew of bills would give pro-life advocates their biggest gains in years.

But the controversial measures also mean Republicans are wading deeper into a cultural war that is raging as Election Day approaches.

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