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Marriage Mischief: Religious Right Lawyers Give States Bad Advice

Travel back in time with me for a moment. It’s 1956, and we’re in the Deep South. An interracial couple approaches the county clerk to apply for a marriage license. The clerk says, “Oh, no! Don’t you know that the Bible mandates separation of the races? I refuse to give you a license because it violates my religious beliefs.” Read more

Marriage Law And Religion: Sectarian Lobbies Seek To Wed Church And State

Voters in four states will cast ballots on marriage equality next month, among them my adopted home of Maryland. Polls show that the Maryland measure, which allows same-sex couples to wed, just might pass.

Religious Right groups, of course, are doing all they can to ensure that doesn’t happen. They’re mustering all of the arguments we’ve heard before: Same-sex marriage will somehow harm families, it’s condemned by the Bible, it will lead to people marrying bicycles, etc. Read more

Prelate Pressure: Baltimore Bishop Badgers Gov. On Marriage Equality – Unsuccessfully

A few miles from where I live is a highway called New Hampshire Avenue. As you drive north on this road, you pass Christian churches of just about every denomination, Jewish synagogues, a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist center. This stretch of road has been dubbed “the highway to Heaven.” Read more

Graduating To A Better Understanding Of The Constitution: Public Ceremonies Shouldn't Be Held In Churches That Hate

Imagine the pride I felt this weekend when my 16-year-old daughter handed me a copy of her high school’s newspaper featuring the first two news stories she has written for that publication.

Silver Chips is an award-winning student newspaper, and I’m pleased that my daughter has joined the staff. I’ve explained to her that while print journalism isn’t exactly a growing profession these days, a person can usually always manage to make a living through writing. Someone will have to write all of that news online, after all. Read more

Bailout Wipeout: Religious School Aid Scheme Fails In Maryland Legislature

Yesterday, we reported here at “The Wall of Separation” about a dangerous legislative effort afoot in Maryland to directly subsidize religious schools. Monday was the last day the General Assembly would be in session, and one of the bills remaining would have allocated $10 million in direct tax support to religious schools in danger of shutting down. Read more

Oh, Maryland!: Old Line State Considers Direct Funding Of Catholic Schools

Today, the Maryland legislature may vote on a bill that would provide direct funding to Catholic schools.

SB 385, which formerly proposed tax credits for tuition expenditures at religious and other private schools, was altered Saturday night by the House Ways and Means subcommittee to provide $10 million in direct grants to private schools. Read more