Updates: Volume V, Issue 3
On The Square - Volume V, Issue 2
This year’s Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award – which last year went to Dr. Robert George of Princeton University and to Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship – was presented in October to Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia (see On The Square, p. 4).
The award, sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom, recognizes individuals who demonstrate a profound understanding of, and a public commitment to defend, an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution. Congressman Wolf is founder of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which monitors the state of religious freedom around the world. Archbishop Chaput has been one of America’s most outspoken religious leaders in confronting the threats to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration’s push for a health care mandate that includes abortion-inducing drugs.
Alliance Profile - Volume V, Issue 2
In a case with broad implications for marriage battles across the country, Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Jim Hochberg (above) successfully defended a Hawaiian law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Three people had filed suit against the law, against an amendment giving the state legislature power to maintain it, and against a new “civil unions” law. The activists argued that none of the legislation accomplished what they were demanding: a complete redefinition of marriage.
Governor Neil Abercrombie refused to defend the marriage law, so Hochberg and Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys were granted intervention on behalf of the Hawaii Family Forum.
On August 8, a federal court ruled that the laws and amendment were all constitutional, being “rationally related to legitimate government interests,” including “societal understanding of the link between marriage, procreation, and family structure.”