The Human Rights Campaign has a new mission. They are trying to get the U.S. Department of Education to require religious colleges and universities to “post” a notice when they seek an exemption provided by Title IX (the federal sex discrimination in education law). The Department has recently interpreted the 1972 statute to create a new rule against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Title IX has long allowed schools to request an exemption from the statute if “application of the law would conflict with specific tenets of the religion” so as not to lose federal funding and open themselves
With a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether states can retain in their laws the understanding of marriage as the union of a husband and wife expected in June, it is worth highlighting Governor Scott Walker’s support for a federal constitutional amendment, reported earlier here. In an interview with Shane Vander Hart in Iowa for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Governor Walker held out hope the Supreme Court would do the right thing but said that if they did not, “the only other viable option out there is to support a constitutional amendment, which I would, believing
In her speech to the South Carolina Freedom Summit, Carly Fiorina bookended her remarks by distinguishing herself from Hillary Clinton and from the current Administration. She began with a strong attack on Ms. Clinton’s unwillingness to answer questions, contrasting it to her own willingness to go on the record. The biographical section of her speech focused on her rise from secretary to company president but also included a tribute to her mother-in-law for choosing not to have an abortion. This allowed her to tout her own pro-life bona fides, nicely highlighting the extreme position of the Democratic Party on the issue:
Rick Perry’s enthusiastic and animated South Carolina Freedom Summit speech was long on Texas. Talking about his “personal favorite” among the Bill of Rights, the Tenth Amendment, he contrasted the “gross incompetence” of the current Administration with his own record in Texas. He spent a lot of time talking about defense issues, with particular emphasis on border security. He recounted telling President Obama that if the federal government wouldn’t secure the border, Texas would and described the state’s success in limiting border crossing using Texas National Guard troops. Texas was also touted as a model of job creation, educational success
Senator Ted Cruz got something of rock star treatment before and after his strong speech to the South Carolina Freedom Summit. He began with a jab at Republican leadership for wanting to be rid of him. He complained that Americans are no longer confident their children will have a better life than they did. He outlined a three-point program. The first point focused on economic recovery and his calls for a flat tax, abolishing the IRS (and sending its agents to the southern border), and repealing Obamacare got a good response. His second point, defending constitutional rights, was particularly strong.