Story Archives 2012


NC Tax Reform Recommended
A North Carolina think-tank is offering research and suggestions to North Carolina legislators who have indicated a desire to reform North Carolina’s tax system during the 2013-2014 legislative session. (December 31) more

Abortion Linked To Premature Births
A new report released December 19 looks at the growing body of scientific evidence that a potential connection exists between previous abortions and the risk of subsequent preterm births. (December 28) more

Teen Marijuana Use Remains High
A federal survey shows “continued high use” of marijuana among American high school students, even as teen perception of it as a harmful drug continues to decline nationwide. (December 27) more

Court Refuses Sweepstakes Ban Delay
The Supreme Court of North Carolina has denied a request from video sweepstakes companies to temporarily delay enforcement of its recent ruling that the ban on electronic machines and devices for sweepstakes is constitutional. (December 21) more

Internet Gambling Bill Delayed
Congress will not consider legalizing Internet gambling in 2012, according to Senate leaders and gambling proponents. (December 20) more

The State Of American Marriages
National leaders need to start focusing on ways to stem the demise of marriage among the “forgotten 60 percent” of Americans in Middle America, according to a national report released by a team of 60 family scholars. (December 19) more

NC Fourth Most Business Friendly
Forbes magazine’s has ranked North Carolina as having the fourth best business climate in the nation, behind Utah, Virginia, and North Dakota. (December 18) more

Video Sweepstakes Ban Upheld
In a long-awaited decision issued last Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court concluded that the statewide ban on electronic machines and devices for sweepstakes “regulates conduct and not protected speech” and is therefore constitutional. (December 17) more

NC Students Score High Internationally
North Carolina students met or exceeded national and international averages nearly across the board on standardized tests of fourth and eighth-grade math and science skills. (December 14) more

Fight Over Abortion Pill Heats Up
Pro-abortion health and women’s advocacy groups are pressuring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to remove the current age-restrictions on non-prescription access to the controversial “emergency contraceptive” drug, Plan B. (December 13) more

Supreme Court To Review Marriage Cases
The national legal battle over how marriage will be defined for future generations has finally reached the United States Supreme Court, which for the first time in its history will take up the issue of same-sex “marriage.” (December 12) more

Choose Life Plate Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s “Choose Life” license plate represents unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination. (December 11) more

Buncombe Schools Get Materials Day
A year-long controversy over a parent's complaint about Gideon Bibles at a Buncombe County school ended last week with the School District’s approval of a regulation to allow community groups to distribute materials to high school students once a year. (December 10) more

New Family North Carolina Online
The Fall 2012 issue of the quarterly magazine of North Carolina Family Policy Council, Family North Carolina, is now available in print and online. (December 7) more

Reparative Therapy Lawsuit Decisions Split
Two federal judges have issued conflicting rulings in separate lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a recently enacted California law that bans reparative therapy for minors struggling with same-sex attraction. (December 6) more

Young Christians Embrace Abstinence
A new survey of Evangelical Millennials finds that a majority have never been sexually active, and a super-majority believe that sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong. (December 5) more

School Censors God From Poem
An elementary school in Marion, North Carolina, is under fire for removing a sentence about “God” from a first grader’s poem about her grandfathers’ military service. (December 4) more

HIV Among Youth In U.S.
One out of every four new HIV infections in the United States occur among young people between the ages of 13 and 24, with the majority of these new infections in gay and bisexual young men, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (December 3) more

NC Graduation Ranks 26th
For the first time, all of the nation’s public high schools reported graduation rates to the U.S. Department of Education are using a common measure to allow for better comparison. (November 30) more

Contraceptives Pushed At Teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that pediatricians “routinely” counsel all young teens about controversial emergency contraceptive drugs, such as Plan B, regardless of current sexual activity, and prescribe the drugs in advance as needed. (November 29) more

Christmas Censorship Reversed
After receiving a warning letter from a Christian civil liberties group, a North Carolina community college has reversed its previous decision to censor the word “Christmas” from ads promoting a Christmas tree fundraiser for a campus student group. (November 28) more

Healthcare Lawsuits Abound
While the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that key portions of President Obama’s controversial healthcare law are constitutional, a plethora of other legal questions related to the law and its implementation continue to play out in courts across the nation. (November 27) more

Retailers Ranked For Christmas
Pro-family consumers looking for retailers that support family-friendly media and/or celebrate Christmas in their stores have a number of resources at their disposal this holiday season. (November 26) more

Giving Thanks
In American tradition, the Thanksgiving holiday is traced back to the fall of 1621 when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony celebrated that year’s bountiful harvest with a three-day feast. (November 21) more

Charter School Approval Process Changed
The North Carolina State Board of Education recently approved several changes to the process for approving new charter schools that were recommended by the Public Charter School Advisory Council. (November 20) more

Clerks Advised On Marriage
Clerks responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the three states where voters recently approved marriage redefinition laws do not have to leave their religious beliefs and values at home in order to keep their jobs, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom. (November 19) more

UNC-CH Approves Gender Neutral Housing
Next year, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill will offer gender-neutral housing that will allow opposite-sex students to live together on campus. (November 16) more

Abortion, Teen Pregnancy Down In NC
There is more good news to report in North Carolina this week, where the state has reported a significant overall drop in abortions in 2011, as well as a continued historic decline in teen pregnancy rates. (November 15) more

Majority Support Traditional Marriage
Despite the disappointing outcomes in four states that voted on the issue of marriage on November 6, a national poll conducted on Election Day found that a large majority of voters define marriage as between one man and one woman. (November 14) more

Parent Triggered Education Reform
A new report argues that more states should implement Parent Trigger laws as a mechanism for bottom-up education reform. (November 13) more

King (NC) Accused Of Promoting Christianity
The City of King, North Carolina, is once again under fire from Americans United for Separation of Church and State for continuing to fly the Christian flag at a local Veteran’s Memorial and for erecting a statue of a soldier kneeling before a cross at the same location. (November 12) more

Ballot Issues Across U.S.
On Tuesday, the citizens of a number of states had the opportunity to vote on ballot initiatives involving marriage redefinition, abortion restrictions and euthanasia, the legalization of marijuana, and expanded gambling. (November 9) more

NC National Votes
More than 4.5 million North Carolinians, representing 68 percent of registered voters, participated in Tuesday’s elections. (November 8) more

Three States Redefine Marriage
Same-sex “marriage” will soon be legal in three more states, after narrow margins of voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington voted in favor of legalizing same-sex “marriage” on Tuesday. (November 8) more

Early Election Results
The election is over, and surprising to some, but not to those who had been closely following the polling was the win of the Romney/Ryan ticket in North Carolina, giving all 15 electoral votes to the former governor. (November 7) more

Vote Today
With over 41 percent of North Carolina’s registered voters having already cast ballots in the 2012 general election, the remainder of the State’s voters will join citizens across the country today in going to the polls to choose from a plethora of candidates in federal and state elections from president and Congress to State governor, legislators, judges, and more. (November 6) more

Parents Influence Academic Success
Involved parents have more of an influence over their children’s academic success than schools, according to the findings of a recent study conducted by professors at three universities, including North Carolina State University. (November 5) more

Illegal One-Stop Voting Activity
The State Board of Elections is warning local election officials to be on the lookout for “illegal activity,” “aggressive electioneering” by some groups, and attempts to misinform voters at one-stop voting locations throughout North Carolina. (November 2) more

Not So Devastating Education Cuts
Recent documentation of North Carolina’s public education performance, class and personnel size, and financial statistics reveal a different picture of public education than is often painted by some of the mainstream media, advocacy groups, and and public school officials. (November 1) more

State Teachers Unions Ranked
North Carolina’s teacher union is ranked the 40th weakest in the nation, according to a new report from the Thomas Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now that compares the strength of teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (October 31) more

Girls Healthy Images Campaign Announced
The Parents Television Council has launched a new national campaign aimed at combatting the sexualization of young girls by building a “media culture that honors the intrinsic value of every girl.” (October 30) more

Pastors Say Vote Biblical Values
A group of North Carolina pastors in Burke County have joined the Reverend Billy Graham in encouraging Christians to vote for Biblical values in the November 6 General Election. (October 29) more

Voter Guides Gone
The North Carolina Family Policy Council is pleased to announce that all 500,000 print copies of its non-partisan 2012 General Election Voter Guide have been distributed to individuals, churches, and civic organizations across the state. (October 26) more

NC Ranks 17th In Taxes
A new report from the Tax Foundation comparing state and local tax burdens on residents of all 50 states finds that the average tax burden on citizens has grown since 2000 with North Carolinians paying the 17th highest 2010 state-local taxes in the nation. (October 26) more

Second Circuit Strikes DOMA
For the second time this year, a federal appeals court has struck down a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as only the union of a man and a woman as unconstitutional. (October 25) more

Sweepstakes Courtroom Gamble
The N.C. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in two lawsuits that seek to invalidate the state’s prohibition on video gambling, specifically through the use of electronic sweepstakes. (October 24) more

Principled Tax Reform
The Civitas Institute has outlined a set of five guiding principles state lawmakers should keep in mind if and when they tackle the issue of tax reform. (October 23) more

Four States To Vote On Marriage
On November 6, voters in four states will not only go to the polls to select the next president and state and local officials, but also to determine how marriage will be defined in those states for future generations. (October 22) more

Wilmington Deals With Sweepstakes
This week, the Wilmington City Council set up a process for electronic gambling operations, also known as Internet sweepstakes parlors, to request an extension of the time allowed to comply with city zoning rules. (October 19) more

Early One-Stop Voting Begins Today
North Carolinians who want to vote early in the 2012 General Election can cast their votes at select one-stop voting locations across the state beginning today. (October 18) more

Elon Student Group Bans Chick-Fil-A
The Student Government Association at North Carolina’s Elon University recently voted in favor of banning Chick-fil-A from the school’s student center food court because the national food chain’s president opposes the redefinition of marriage. (October 17) more

Students Silent For Life
Today, students across North Carolina join thousands of students across the country and globe in giving up their voices for a day to bring attention to the more than 50 million children who have been silenced by abortion in the last 40 years. (October 16) more

School Suspends Marriage Supporter
In yet another example of how the legalization of same-sex “marriage” threatens First Amendment rights, a high ranking official at Gallaudet University has been temporarily suspended for signing a petition to give the people of Maryland the right to vote on the fate of the state’s recently enacted same-sex “marriage” law. (October 15) more

Religious Freedom Caucuses Launched
A national initiative to form religious freedom caucuses in all 50 states kicked off this week with the launch of caucuses led by key lawmakers in nine states. (October 12) more

State Education Vision Statement
The North Carolina State Board of Education has released a vision statement that touts the fundamental importance of a quality public education system in the State and recognizes the added importance of innovative education models, such as charter schools. (October 11) more

Most Parents Support Abstinence
A new national survey finds overwhelming support for abstinence education among parents in the United States, regardless of race or political affiliation. (October 10) more

Education Savings Accounts Touted
A new report from a national school choice advocacy organization calls Education Savings Accounts “the way of the future,” that could incentivize greater “innovation in schooling practices” aimed at improving outcomes, while also lowering costs. (October 9) more

Lawsuits Challenge Controversial Law
Two lawsuits have been filed against a controversial new law in California that prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change” therapy for minors, regardless of the wishes of parents or the minors themselves. (October 8) more

Mandate Controversy Continues
Controversy continues to grow over the impact of the so-called contraception mandate on religious employers in the United States. (October 5) more

Voters Support Identification
With the 2012 General Election only weeks away, the majority of registered voters in a recent statewide poll say that North Carolina law should require voters to show identification before they are allowed to vote. (October 4) more

Life Chain Honors 55 Million
This weekend, pro-life citizens across the United States and Canada will gather on designated sidewalks to participate in the 25th annual National Life Chain to pray for their country and for an end to abortion. (October 3) more

Sexual Orientation Change Banned
California is now the first state in the nation to ban mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change” therapy for minors, regardless of the wishes of their parents or the minors themselves. (October 2) more

Pastors Prepare For Pulpit Freedom
Over 1,000 pastors, and counting, have publicly committed to “preach sermons that present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates” on October 7 during the fifth annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom. (October 1) more

Voter Guide Now Available
In an effort to better equip Tar Heel voters for the November 6 general elections, the North Carolina Family Policy Council has begun distributing its 2012 General Election Voter Guide, and has activated the online version of the guide today. (September 28) more

NC SAT Scores Decrease
More North Carolina high school seniors took the SAT in 2012 than in the state’s history, but students scored lower in critical reading and math than in over a decade, according to the latest national SAT report from The College Board. (September 27) more

40 Days For Life Begins Today
For the next 40 days, pro-life citizens in six countries and 49 states, including North Carolina, will take part in “the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history”—40 Days for Life. (September 26) more

Parent Power In Education
The Center for Education Reform has released an interactive website of its Parent Power Index, which scores states based on the ability of parents to exercise choice in education. (September 25) more

See You At The Pole Wednesday
Wednesday will mark the 22nd annual See You at the Pole, where students across the world, including in North Carolina, will meet at their campus flagpoles to pray. (September 24) more

Voter Registration Deadline Looms
Three weeks remain for North Carolina citizens to register to vote or make changes to their voter registration to be eligible to vote in the November 6 general election. (September 21) more

NC Voters Support School Choice
The majority of registered voters in a recent survey say North Carolina’s education system is on the wrong track, and if they had the choice, most would choose to send their children to non-public schools. (September 20) more

Church Voter Registration Endorsed
As the 2012 election season gets underway, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is warning churches to “avoid partisan electioneering” or face the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. (September 19) more

Proposed Abortion Clinic Standards
In a victory for women’s safety, all abortion clinics in Virginia will be required to be licensed by the state and to meet the same building standards that apply to new hospitals. (September 18) more

Internet Free Speech Standards Proposed
New media companies, such as Facebook, Google and Apple, should “err on the side of free speech” in developing rules for what can and cannot be posted on their Internet communications platforms, according to a proposal released last week by the National Religious Broadcasters. (September 17) more

Hobby Lobby Challenges Mandate
This week, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., became the first private business operated by non-Catholics to challenge the controversial federal mandate that requires nearly all employers to provide health insurance that includes coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. (September 14) more

Economy Needs Married Men
New research from the Marriage and Religious Research Institute (MARRI) examines the connection between marriage and jobs, concluding that men’s general shift away from marriage has decreased their participation in the workforce, thereby putting the United States “at risk of a depression.” (September 13) more

Religious Leaders Praise Platform
Over two-dozen religious leaders have signed a letter to Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, praising the pro-marriage, pro-life and pro-religious freedom principles in the recently adopted Republican Party platform. (September 12) more

Economy Hurting Millennials
A new poll finds that young Americans are making daily lifestyle changes and delaying major life decisions because of the weak economy. (September 11) more

25 New Charter Schools Approved
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to 25 new charter schools scheduled to open across North Carolina in the fall of 2013. (September 10) more

NCFPC 2012 Voter Guide Orders
The North Carolina Family Policy Council is now accepting pre-orders for its 2012 General Election Voter Guide. (September 7) more

Primetime Nudity Increases Dramatically
A television watch-dog group reports that instances of full nudity have increased more than five times on primetime television since last year, and is demanding that Congress instruct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “vigorously enforce broadcast decency laws.” (September 6) more

Dead Voters Are Recognized
Last week, a group committed to ensuring fair and free elections submitted a list to the State Board of Elections of nearly 30,000 names of deceased voters in North Carolina who still appear on the state’s voter rolls. (September 5) more

No Scientific Misconduct In Regnerus Study
A sociologist under fire from homosexual activists for his national study that found “numerous, consistent differences” between the young adult children of same-sex parents and those raised in intact families is no longer being investigated by the University of Texas at Austin. (September 4) more

Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Platform
The 2012 Republican Party Platform includes strong statements promoting the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death, traditional marriage between one man and one woman, and educational choice for parents. (August 31) more

Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick Released
Just in time for the start of a new school year, a Christian civil liberties group has released an important tool to help schools evaluate their existing or proposed anti-bullying policies to determine whether the policies “protect all students” or help to advance the homosexual agenda. (August 30) more

Human Trafficking Laws Score
A new report shows that the majority of states have enacted laws to fight human trafficking, including 28 states, such as North Carolina, that have passed human trafficking laws in the last year. (August 29) more

Contraception Mandate Still Controversial
The controversy surrounding the Obama Administration’s continued attempts to force even religious employers to pay for free access to objectionable services, such as abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception, continues to grow with the beginning of implementation this month. (August 28) more

Report Documents Religious Hostility
A new report documents over 600 recent incidents of growing religious hostility toward people of faith in the United States. (August 27) more

Appeals Court Upholds Pre-K Ruling
This week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a July 2011 order by Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning that the “State . . . shall not deny any eligible at-risk four year old admission” to its prekindergarten program. (August 24) more

Charter School Report Disputed
A charter school association in North Carolina is taking issue with a report released earlier this summer by the North Carolina School Boards Association that the charter group says is “riddled with errors, half-truths and false claims” about the state’s charter schools. (August 23) more

Taxmageddon Draws Closer
A recent report from the Tax Foundation estimates that a Congressional proposal to stave off the effects of the so-called “Taxmageddon” (when several tax cuts are set to expire) this January would save North Carolina taxpayers at least $1,130 in taxes. (August 22) more

Las Vegas Gambling Begins In NC
Today, Governor Beverly Perdue will join Principal Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in officially welcoming Las Vegas-style live casino gambling to North Carolina. (August 21) more

Photographer Case Gets Review
The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to consider an important case involving the conflict between pro-homosexual anti-discrimination laws and religious freedom. (August 20) more

Older Cohabitations Increasing
A new study has found that the number of cohabiting adults older than 50 has doubled since the turn of the century, with cohabitation tending to be an alternative to marriage for older Americans. (August 17) more

Platform Endorses Homosexual Marriage
The national Democrat Party platform committee voted unanimously on August 11 to include in their platform both support for the redefinition of marriage and opposition to marriage protection amendments and laws. (August 16) more

Survey Finds Traditional Views On Family
A majority of 18 to 29 year-olds in a national survey express traditional views about marriage, sex, and family. (August 15) more

Voter Resources Available
The North Carolina Family Policy Council is pleased to offer tools that individuals, churches, and civic and community organizations, can use to register to vote and to become educated about the candidates in the upcoming 2012 General Election. (August 14) more

NC Colleges Link Marriage And Food
A student events board at a private college in North Carolina has decided to stop serving Chick-fil-A to its students while it debates whether to permanently ban food from the pro-family fast food chain because of the company’s public support for traditional marriage. (August 13) more

Hawaii Marriage Definition Upheld
On August 8, a federal court upheld Hawaii’s definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. (August 10) more

School Accountability Scores Mixed
Earlier this month, the Department of Public Instruction released growth and accountability scores for 2,482 public schools in North Carolina for the 2011-2012 school year. (August 9) more

Bishops Urge Action On Mandate
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Congress to pass legislation this year to address religious liberty concerns with the federal government’s contraceptive mandate in the healthcare reform law that took effect last week. (August 8) more

Feds Approve New Cherokee Gambling
The federal government has granted final approval to a new gambling Compact that will allow the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to operate Las Vegas-style casinos in Western North Carolina, according to several media reports. (August 7) more

Universities Warned On Chick-fil-A
A Christian civil liberties organization is warning public universities not to give into pressure by homosexual activists to retaliate against Chick-fil-A for its pro-family stance by evicting the restaurant off campus. (August 6) more

Summer 2012 Magazine Now Online
The summer issue of Family North Carolina is now available online. This issue of the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s 40-page quarterly magazine touches on artificial reproduction, conscience clauses, cohabitation, religious freedom, and casino gambling threats. (August 3) more

Arizona Abortion Ban Halted
Provisions in a new Arizona law that ban most abortions after 20 weeks gestation will not go into effect today as scheduled, as a result of a ruling issued yesterday by a federal appeals court that temporarily blocks the state from enforcing the law. (August 2) more

NCFPC Lobbying Recognized
For the sixth time, the principal lobbyist for the North Carolina Family Policy Council has been ranked as one of North Carolina’s 50 most influential lobbyists. (August 1) more

Contraception Mandate Briefly Halted
A private company will not be forced to comply with the controversial contraceptive mandate included in the new healthcare law until courts settle a lawsuit on the matter. (July 31) more

Billy Graham Defends Chick-Fil-A
The ongoing attacks against Chick-fil-A have encouraged renowned evangelist and native North Carolinian Billy Graham to publicly express his support for the pro-family fast food chain and its president, Dan Cathy. (July 30) more

Sociologist Defends Critical Study
One of the nation’s leading sociologists, who formerly taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is defending Professor Mark Regnerus, who is under fire for his new study that found negative outcomes for children whose parents were involved in same-sex relationships. (July 27) more

NC Government Integrity Graded
A new report finds that no state government has earned an A grade in government transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption, with North Carolina earning a C- grade. (July 26) more

National Chick-Fil-A Days
Beginning today, pro-family citizens have at least two opportunities to express their support for the pro-marriage stance of one of the nation’s most popular fast food chains by attending one of two “National Eat at Chick-fil-A Day” events. (July 25) more

Pro-Life Laws Examined
A new report examining pro-life laws filed and approved so far in 2012 has found that “at least 15 states have enacted around 40” laws intended to make abortion safer and more rare. (July 24) more

Belmont Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed
A federal judge has thrown out the first lawsuit filed by a religious group challenging the new federal mandate that nearly all health insurance plans include coverage for “all FDA-approved contraceptives” with few religious exceptions. (July 23) more

Boy Scouts Reaffirm Membership Policy
This week, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its long-standing policy of prohibiting membership “to open or avowed homosexuals,” as in the “best interest of Scouting.” (July 20) more

NC Voters Support Charter Schools
A large majority of North Carolinians support school choice, particularly through the establishment of charter schools, according to a new survey by the Center for Education Reform. (July 19) more

2012 Primary Runoff Results
Voters across North Carolina finalized the field of candidates that will appear on November general election ballots in yesterday’s primary runoff races. (July 18) more

Runoff Election Today
North Carolina voters have a key opportunity to influence their parties’ nominations for several state and national offices during the primary runoff election today. (July 17) more

America's Children In Brief
The majority of American children live with two married parents, over half of high school students have never had sex, and the adolescent birth rate has dropped to record levels, according to the latest report from the federal government on child wellbeing. (July 16) more

Characteristics of NC Teen Births
Two new reports released this summer by the State Center for Health Statistics provide a statistical portrait of births to teen mothers in North Carolina, as well as some important advice for teenagers. (July 13) more

Fraud Case Unsealed
On July 9, a federal lawsuit alleging that Planned Parenthood’s Iowa affiliate submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid while failing to meet accepted medical practice standards was made public. (July 12) more

Scholars Defend Regnerus Study
Eighteen social scientists from a variety of universities have issued a letter defending a major new national study that found “numerous, consistent differences” between the young adult children of same-sex parents and those raised in intact families. (July 11) more

Congress Reports Abstinence Best
A new Congressional report on sex education concludes that the sexual risk avoidance approach, formerly known as abstinence-only education, should become the “primary federal strategy” for reducing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. (July 11) more

PCUSA Votes To Not Redefine Marriage
At its annual meeting this month in Pittsburgh, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) narrowly defeated a proposal that would have changed how the church defines marriage in its constitution. (July 9) more

Report Touts Abstinence Education
The second and final part a national report comparing sexual risk reduction or comprehensive approaches to sex education with sexual risk avoidance or abstinence-centered approaches calls for a greater emphasis on quality abstinence education in policies and schools across the nation. (July 6) more

Veto Overrides End Session
The second half of an historic legislative session that followed an historic election in 2010, which saw Republicans gain control of both chambers for the first time since Reconstruction, came to a close this week. (July 6) more

America's Birthday
Today marks the 236th birthday of “the shining city on a hill”—President Ronald Reagan’s affectionate term for the United States of America. (July 4) more

Young Adults View Life Issues
A new poll from Students for Life of America finds that young adults are more pro-life than they are often portrayed. (July 3) more

House Group Requests DOMA Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to determine the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which is facing numerous legal challenges nationwide. (July 2) more

Obamacare Held Constitutional
The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the majority of the controversial healthcare overhaul law passed in 2010 is constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the 59-page majority opinion of the 5-4 ruling of the Court yesterday. (June 29) more

Video Poker Bill Dies In Committee
Proposed legislation that would legalize video poker by taxing sweepstakes gambling in North Carolina appears to have stalled in the General Assembly, at least for now. (June 28) more

Utah Schools Protect Parental Rights
The Alliance Defense Fund is supporting a Utah school district’s decision to require parental consent before children can check out library books that deal with human sexuality. (June 27) more

Sex Selective Abortions Uncovered In NC
An undercover investigation by the pro-life organization Live Action reveals that two North Carolina abortion clinics are open to helping women procure sex-selective abortions. (June 26) more

Bill Would Legalize Video Poker
This week the North Carolina House is scheduled to resume consideration of legislation that would essentially legalize video poker in the state by taxing video sweepstakes gambling. (June 25) more

Budget Goes To Governor
The State Legislature has sent its 2012 budget to Governor Beverly Perdue (D), after both the House and Senate gave final approval to a compromise budget bill early Thursday afternoon. (June 22) more

Pregnancy And Abortion Data Highlighted
Pregnancy and abortion rates among women in their 20s declined significantly in the United States between 1990 and 2008, according to a new report released this week by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (June 21) more

Report Highlights Sex Education Flaws
A recent report from the nation’s leading abstinence organization exposes the weaknesses of comprehensive sex education, which has increasingly replaced authentic abstinence education in public schools nationwide. (June 20) more

More Oppose Contraceptive Mandate
The Obama administration’s efforts to address religious freedom concerns about a federal mandate requiring health plans to cover “all FDA-approved contraceptives” has created a “two-class concept of religious organizations,” according to a letter signed last week by nearly 150 leaders of various faith-based groups. (June 19) more

Budget Conference Underway
The Senate gave final approval June 14 to its $20.1 billion budget by a 30–19 party-line vote. (June 18) more

Homosexual Couples Challenge Adoption Law
North Carolina’s adoption law is the target of a new federal lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation on behalf of six homosexual couples who are challenging the state’s long-standing prohibition on adoption by unmarried couples. (June 15) more

New Findings On Same-Sex Parenting
A major new national study finds “numerous, consistent differences” between the young adult children of homosexual parents, especially lesbian mothers, and young adults who were raised by their own married mothers and fathers. (June 15) more

Characteristics Of Teen Fathers
A new Child Trends report looks at the characteristics of the nine percent of young men who are fathers before age 20. (June 14) more

House Modifies Racial Justice Act
The State House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would scale back the 2009 Racial Justice Act. On June 12, the House voted 72–47 to approve SB 416—Amend Death Penalty Procedures. (June 13) more

Washington To Vote On Marriage
Marriage supporters in Washington State have successfully blocked a marriage redefinition law from going into effect until voters are given the opportunity to reject or accept the bill on their November ballots. (June 12) more

Groups Request Online Gambling Halt
Pro-family groups from 13 states, including the North Carolina Family Policy Council, sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders last week, urging Congress to strengthen federal law to stop the expansion of online gambling at the state-level. (June 11) more

Governor Perdue Wants More Gambling
One day after signing a bill to legalize Las Vegas-style casinos in North Carolina, Governor Beverly Perdue called on the General Assembly to also legalize the even more addictive video sweepstakes gambling machines. (June 8) more

Gambling Compact Signed Into Law
Legislation that will allow the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to operate Las-Vegas style casinos in Western North Carolina was signed into law yesterday by Governor Beverly Perdue. (June 7) more

Marriage Amendment Hearing Denied
The fate of California’s Marriage Protection Amendment, Proposition 8, will most certainly be decided by the United States Supreme Court, after a full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied an appeal on Tuesday in the ongoing legal battle over the amendment’s constitutionality. (June 7) more

House Votes To Expand Cherokee Gambling
A bill that would bring Las Vegas style casinos to Western North Carolina by changing state law to allow the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to expand their gambling operations received final approval in the State House yesterday. (June 6) more

Senate Approves Education Reforms
The State House will now begin the process of considering sweeping reforms to the public school system in North Carolina, after the State Senate passed SB795—Excellent Schools Act on Monday night. (June 5) more

House Approves 2012 Budget
This week, the State Senate will begin work amending the $20.3 billion budget that was approved by State House members last Wednesday and does not include a tax increase sought by the governor. (June 4) more

House Tentatively Approves Gambling Expansion
Just before 4:00 P.M. Thursday afternoon, North Carolina House members gave tentative approval to a dramatic expansion of gambling in the State. (June 1) more

Speech And Bullying Guidelines Released
A diverse group of religious, education and civil liberties organizations has released a set of guidelines aimed at helping public schools address school bullying and harassment, while also protecting the First Amendment right of students to freely express their religious and political beliefs about controversial issues such as abortion and homosexuality. (May 31) more

Gambling Proponents Maneuver Bill
A House subcommittee held a surprise meeting yesterday evening to approve a bill that aims to legalize Las Vegas style casino gambling on the Cherokee reservation in western North Carolina. (May 30) more

Education Committee Approves Reforms
Yesterday, the Senate Education and Higher Education Committee passed an amended version of a bill that includes major changes to the State’s public school system. (May 30) more

Scholarship Funding Corporate Tax Credit
Corporations that make donations to certified education scholarship organizations that help low income students attend nonpublic schools would be eligible to receive a tax credit under legislation introduced last week in the North Carolina General Assembly. (May 29) more

Gambling Bill Constitutionally Flawed
The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law has published an analysis of proposed changes to the State’s gambling laws that argues the changes are “constitutionally flawed and invite litigation.” (May 25) more

Marriage Amendment Now Official
As of May 23, 2012, the North Carolina State Constitution has been officially amended to include the Marriage Protection Amendment that was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in the May 8 primary election. (May 25) more

Lawsuit Against UNCG Withdrawn
The Alliance Defense Fund has voluntarily dismissed its religious freedom lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, following the university’s agreement to grant official recognition to a Christian student group, and to “clarify” its policies regarding religious student groups. (May 24) more

43 Catholic Groups Challenge Mandate
An unprecedented number of Catholic dioceses and organizations filed lawsuits May 21, challenging the federal government’s recent mandate that nearly all insurance providers include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. (May 23) more

Moms Support School Vouchers
A recent national survey finds overwhelming support for “universal access” to school vouchers among American adults, especially mothers. (May 22) more

Court Strikes NC Matching Funds Statute
A federal district court has ruled that North Carolina’s matching funds statute “is unduly burdensome and not sufficiently justified to survive First Amendment scrutiny” in a lawsuit brought by North Carolina Right Life’s Political Action Committee. (May 21) more

State Spending At Highest
A new report from the John Locke Foundation has found that North Carolina’s state spending for the 2012 fiscal year is the highest ever in the state’s history. (May 18) more

Senate Expands Cherokee Gambling
A bill that would legalize Las-Vegas style gambling on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Western North Carolina passed the Senate last night on a 33 to 14 vote. (May 17) more

Colorado Civil Unions Bill Dies
A committee of the Colorado General Assembly has defeated a bill that would have legalized civil unions in the state. (May 16) more

Legislators Return To Raleigh
North Carolina legislators return to Raleigh tomorrow to convene the 2012 “Short Session” of the General Assembly. (May 15) more

Pregnancy Resource Centers Serve
The work of the nation’s roughly 2,000 Pregnancy Resource Centers is “multifaceted,” going beyond reducing abortions to improving the lives of women and their families, while saving communities millions of dollars in the process. (May 14) more

Obama Favors Redefining Marriage
In the wake of a stinging defeat in North Carolina on Tuesday with the overwhelming passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment, homosexual activists received a political boost from President Obama, who, for the first time, openly acknowledged his support for redefining marriage. (May 11) more

2012 Primary Highlights
While for some, the focus of Tuesday’s primary election was on the outcome of the Marriage Protection Amendment, primary voters also decided which candidates will advance to the November 6 general election to determine North Carolina’s congressional delegation, Governor, Lt. Governor, Council of State, General Assembly, and countless judicial and local positions across the state. (May 10) more

Voters Approve Marriage Amendment
Tonight, North Carolina officially became the 31st state in the nation to preserve the institution of marriage in its State Constitution with the overwhelming passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment. (May 8) more

NC Votes On Marriage Today
Today, North Carolina voters go to the polls to decide the fate of the Marriage Protection Amendment and to choose general election candidates for a plethora of state and local races. (May 8) more

Campus Speech Initiative Launched
In response to the growing hostility toward Christians on many university campuses, the Alliance Defense Fund has launched a new initiative to protect the constitutional rights of students at over 160 universities in the United States, including several schools in North Carolina. (May 7) more

Rev. Billy Graham Endorses Marriage Amendment
Native North Carolinian Billy Graham is urging voters across the state to join him in voting for the Marriage Protection Amendment in next week’s primary election. (May 4) more

TN Legislature Bans Vanderbilt Policy
The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of student organizations on college campuses in the state. (May 3) more

District Attorneys Refute Deceptive Ads
As the battle over the Marriage Protection Amendment heats up during the last week before the May 8 primary, homosexual advocacy groups are desperately resorting to scare tactics in their efforts to defeat the proposed Constitutional amendment that would protect the institution of marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman. (May 2) more

One Week Until May 8th Primary
With only one week left before the May 8 primary, more than 168,000 North Carolinians have already taken advantage of early one-stop voting and cast their votes on the Marriage Protection Amendment that is on the ballot. (May 1) more

Christian Groups Denied Recognition
Vanderbilt University has denied official university recognition to over a dozen Christian student organizations for refusing to comply with the University’s controversial nondiscrimination policy that requires religious student groups to accept leaders who do not share their religious faith. (Apr 30) more

Marriage Amendment Confusion
Recent polling numbers find likely North Carolina voters continue to support the Marriage Protection Amendment by a substantial margin, despite some confusion over what the Amendment will do. (Apr 27) more

National Day Of Prayer, May 3
“In God We Trust” is the theme for the 2012 National Day of Prayer that is scheduled for observance next Thursday, May 3, in communities across the United States. (Apr 26) more

Statewide Education Reforms Proposed
State Senate leaders unveiled a bill on April 23 that would make significant changes in the State’s public school system. (Apr 25) more

More Births To Cohabiting Parents
The percentage of children born outside of marriage continues to increase in the United States, with more of these children born to parents in cohabiting relationships, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics released this month. (Apr 24) more

Wake Quashes Creationism
The Wake County public school system has instructed a middle school science teacher to stop giving assignments that allow students to explore creationism as part of the study of evolutionary theory. (Apr 23) more

Early One Stop Voting Begins
North Carolinians can vote early in the primary election during one-stop voting that began yesterday, April 19, at select locations around the state. (Apr 20) more

Feds Shirk Abstinence Funding
An analysis of federal sex education funding reveals an “unprecedented funding disparity” between abstinence education programs and contraceptive-based sex education programs in the United States. (Apr 19) more

Tax Freedom Day Arrives
Americans must work longer, until April 17, to pay their share of federal, state, and local taxes in 2012, according to the Tax Foundation’s annual calculation of Tax Freedom Day. (Apr 18) more

NCFPC Releases Primary Voter Guide
In an effort to better equip Tar Heel voters for the upcoming elections, the North Carolina Family Policy Council has activated its 2012 Primary Election Voter Guide website. (Apr 17) more

Christian Groups Challenge Policy
A group of 11 Christian student ministries at Vanderbilt University is taking a stand against the university’s controversial nondiscrimination policy that requires religious student groups to accept leaders who do not share their faith. (Apr 16) more

Teen Births Dropped In 2010
A new government report finds that teenagers gave birth to fewer children in 2010 than at any point in the last 60 years. (Apr 13) more

Day of Dialogue Next Week
Next Thursday, April 19, Christian students in public schools and universities nationwide will have the opportunity to participate in a voluntary, student-led event that is aimed at countering the promotion of the homosexual agenda in the classroom. (Apr 12) more

April 13 Voter Registration Deadline
North Carolinians who plan to vote in the May 8 primary but who are not yet registered to vote, or who plan to change their party affiliation for the primary election, have until this Friday to do it. (Apr 11) more

Report Says NC Tax Reform Needed
A new report from the John Locke Foundation outlines the disadvantages of North Carolina’s income tax system compared to surrounding states, and advocates for specific tax reforms to make North Carolina more competitive. (Apr 10) more

Report Grades State Charter School Laws
North Carolina earned a grade of C for its charter school law, which is described as the “14th weakest in the nation” in the latest review of the nation’s 42 charter school laws conducted by the Center for Education Reform. (Apr 9) more

School Choice Lowers Crime
School choice programs can help reduce the criminal activity of at-risk adolescent boys, according to a study of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. (Apr 5) more

Marriage Lawsuit Dismissed
A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit which challenges the state law related to marriage licenses as unconstitutional. (Apr 4) more

Study Finds Abstinence Effective
An abstinence education program used in several Georgia public schools had a “significant impact” on the attitudes, beliefs, and sexual behaviors of ninth graders who participated in the program, according to a new study. (Apr 3) more

NC Abortion Ranking Moves
North Carolina shifted from a “middle ground” state to a state that is now considered “hostile” to abortion in 2011, thanks to what the Guttmacher Institute describes as a “year for the record books” in terms of the number of pro-life laws enacted nationwide. (Apr 2) more

Lottery Sales Higher In Poor Counties
A new analysis finds that North Carolina counties with high poverty rates are much more likely to have per capita lottery sales significantly higher than the state average of $212 per adult. (Mar 30) more

Catholic Group To Leave Vanderbilt
One of the largest Catholic student groups at Vanderbilt University will not register as an official student organization in the fall 2012 school year due to religious freedom conflicts with the university’s nondiscrimination policy. (Mar 29) more

Feds Promote LGBT Health Agenda
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist groups across the country to help promote “National LGBT Health Awareness Week.” (Mar 28) more

TN Law Protects Academic Freedom
Tennessee has joined nine other states in expressly protecting public school teachers’ ability to fully and objectively discuss controversial scientific topics like evolution and global warming. (Mar 27) more

Duration Of First Marriages Examined
Growing up in an intact family, delaying marriage until at least age 20, having a college diploma, and not cohabiting with your spouse prior to marriage are factors associated with a higher probability of a first marriage lasting at least 20 years, according to a new government report. (Mar 26) more

Bishops Respond To Obama's Opposition
President Obama’s public opposition to the proposed Marriage Protection Amendment that will be on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina is a “grave disappointment,” according to the Catholic Bishops of Raleigh and Charlotte. (Mar 23) more

More Counties Support Marriage Amendment
Earlier this week, Union and Lincoln County’s Boards of Commissioners joined a growing number of counties and cities in North Carolina that have publicly endorsed the passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. (Mar 22) more

Polling Firm Says Elon Poll Flawed
A recent Elon University poll that purports to show that a slight majority of North Carolinians oppose the Marriage Protection Amendment is “not representative of actual current voter attitudes,” according to an analysis of the survey by a national polling group. (Mar 21) more

HHS Rule Requires Abortion Premium
Last week, the Obama Administration continued with its plan to force insurance coverage for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization with two rule announcements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the implementation of the new federal healthcare law. (Mar 20) more

Obama Opposes NC Marriage Amendment
Last week, President Barack Obama helped to highlight the pivotal role that North Carolina plays in the national battle over the institution of marriage by inserting his opinion into a statewide debate over the proposed Marriage Protection Amendment that will be on the May 8, 2012 primary ballot for all North Carolina voters to decide. (Mar 19) more

Majority Oppose Contraceptive Mandate
A new national survey shows that a majority of Americans believe that employers with moral or religious objections to contraception should be able to opt out of a new federal mandate requiring all public and private employers, including religious hospitals, charities and universities, to cover the cost of “all FDA-approved” contraceptives in their health insurance plans. (Mar 16) more

UNCG To Recognize Pro-Life Club
Faced with a lawsuit for denying university recognition to a pro-life student group, officials at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have reportedly changed their minds and decided to grant the club’s request to be recognized as an official religious club. (Mar 15) more

Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Revealed
A federal lawsuit alleging that Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements” through Texas Women’s Health Program was made public last week.  (Mar 14) more

Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Revealed
A federal lawsuit alleging that Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements” through Texas Women’s Health Program was made public last week.  (Mar 14) more

Stanly County Endorses Marriage Amendment
The Stanly County Board of Commissioners has officially joined two other counties in North Carolina in endorsing the Marriage Protection Amendment that will be on the May 8, 2012 primary ballot. (Mar 13) more

Problems with Same-Sex Parenting "Research"
Two new research reports published by Focus on the Family take aim at the popular claim by homosexual activists and their allies that the children of same-sex couples are “no different” than children raised by married moms and dads in terms of health and other outcomes. (Mar 12) more

Majority Support Marriage Amendment
Nearly two-thirds of likely North Carolina voters in the latest Civitas poll support the Marriage Protection Amendment that will be on the primary ballot on May 8, and support for the amendment increases among those who are opposed at the mention of a recent lawsuit challenging the state’s marriage laws. (Mar 9) more

N.C. Appeals Court Strikes Sweepstakes Ban
A divided panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled on March 3 that a 2010 law aimed at banning sweepstakes video gambling in the state is “overly broad” and “must be invalidated.” (Mar 8) more

Brunswick County Supports Marriage
The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday supporting the passage of the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment. (Mar 7) more

Rowan Commissioners Continue Prayer
Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners opened its most recent meeting with a Christian prayer to Jesus Christ. (Mar 6) more

Christian Student Group Sues UNC-G
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is facing a lawsuit for denying a pro-life student group an exemption to its nondiscrimination policy that requires officially recognized student groups to accept voting members and leaders  “without regard to their ...religion” as a condition of university recognition. (Mar 5) more

Board Approves Nine Charter Schools
At its March 1 meeting, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved the applications of nine new charter schools, which will be located in different parts of the state. (Mar 2) more

HPV Vaccine for Boys Recommended
Boys between the ages of 11 and 12 should be routinely vaccinated against the sexually transmitted Human Papillomavirus, according to a revised recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued this week. (Mar 1) more

Virginia Considers Ultrasound Bill
A bill approved by a the Virginia State Senate yesterday to require women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound is receiving national attention after opponents claimed the sometimes necessary vaginal ultrasound is akin to “rape.” (Feb 29) more

LGBT Groups Focus on NC
This weekend, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted North Carolina as a “hugely important” battleground state for homosexual activists. (Feb 28) more

Seven States Challenge Contraceptive Mandate
Last week, the attorneys general of seven states joined several Catholic organizations and two private individuals in filing a lawsuit against the federal government over a federal mandate that requires public and private health insurance plans, including those offered by religious hospitals, universities, and charities, to cover “all FDA-approved” contraceptives. (Feb 27) more

Maryland Redefines Marriage
Maryland is set to become the eighth state in the nation to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, after the state senate approved a marriage redefinition bill last night. (Feb 24) more

Special Needs Tax Credit Available
Thanks to a new law enacted by the General Assembly during the 2011 legislative session, parents of special needs children can now claim a tax credit of up to $3,000 per semester (up to $6,000 annually) for qualified educational expenses. (Feb 23) more

Wake County Endorses Marriage Amendment
The Wake County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution supporting the Marriage Protection Amendment that will be considered by North Carolina voters on May 8, 2012. At their February 20th meeting, the Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the Amendment by a vote of 4-3. (Feb 22) more

Competing Analyses of Marriage Amendment
Pro-marriage advocates are responding to a recent analysis of the potential effects of the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment by its opponents. (Feb 21) more

NJ Gov. Vetoes Marriage Redefinition Bill
New Jersey will not be the eighth state in the nation to enact a marriage redefinition law unless homosexual activists in the state can get a two-thirds majority of lawmakers to override the governor’s veto of a bill redefining marriage that was narrowly enacted by lawmakers last week. (Feb 20) more

Judge Allows Church Meetings in School
A district court judge in New York has temporarily halted a New York City Board of Education regulation that prohibits churches “from conducting their religious worship services in the [city’s public] schools.” (Feb 17) more

Marriage Battle in WA State Not Over
Homosexual activists are celebrating this week after the governor of Washington state signed a marriage redefinition bill into law, even though a referendum campaign launched by pro-family advocates could halt the new law from ever taking effect. (Feb 16) more

Insurance "Accommodation" Unsatisfactory
Religious and educational leaders across the country are rejecting the Obama Administration’s changes to a new Health and Human Services rules that will require that contraception, abortifacients, and sterilizations be available at no cost through health insurance plans and companies nationwide with very few exceptions. (Feb 15) more

No Need to Censor Legislative Prayers
Despite threats from the American Civil Liberties Union, the North Carolina General Assembly should continue its longstanding tradition of opening legislative sessions with uncensored prayer, according to a letter sent last week to Attorney General Roy Cooper from a Christian civil liberties group. (Feb 14) more

Election Filing Period Opens Today
Today marks the first day that North Carolina candidates who intend to run for public office in the 2012 elections can officially file with the State Board of Elections. (Feb 13) more

Report on Planned Parenthood Sent to Congress
A report submitted to Congress earlier this week by the Alliance Defense Fund identifies “extensive waste, abuse and potential fraud” involving millions of dollars of federal funding by some Planned Parenthood affiliates in the United States. (Feb 10) more

NC Students Struggle to Compete
North Carolina students are struggling to keep up with the academic achievements of their peers around the world, according to a newly released report by the John Locke Foundation. (Feb 9) more

CA Marriage Amendment Ruled Unconstitutional
The legal battle over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s marriage amendment, continues its journey to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a federal appeals court issued its long-awaited ruling in the case yesterday. (Feb 8) more

National Marriage Week Begins
Today marks the beginning of the 10th National Marriage Week in the United States. (Feb 7) more

ACLU Targets Prayer at the Legislature
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation is using the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling in the Forsyth County public prayer case to attack the General Assembly’s historical practice of opening legislative sessions with uncensored prayers. (Feb 6) more

Komen Reverses Grant Decision
In a surprising reversal, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced today that they would no longer be ending grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. (Feb 3) more

North Carolina Over-Taxed
The Tax Foundation’s annual 2012 State Business Tax Climate Index found that North Carolina suffers from the seventh worst tax system in the country. (Feb 3) more

Komen Ends Planned Parenthood Grants
In a decision heralded by pro-life advocates, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has announced that they are ceasing grants to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. (Feb 2) more

Sixth Circuit Defends Religious Liberty
In an important ruling issued last week recognizing that “tolerance is a two-way street,” a federal appeals court defended the First Amendment rights of a counseling student at Eastern Michigan University who was expelled by the university because of her religious beliefs about homosexuality. (Feb 1) more

Religious Leaders Oppose Mandate
A host of Christian leaders and universities are resisting the Obama Administration’s announcement that nearly all employers, including religious universities and hospitals, will be required to provide health plans to employees that include coverage for contraceptive and sterilization services. (Jan 31) more

Record School Choice Expansion
A record number of America’s children are enrolled in private school choice programs for the 2011-2012 school year after “the largest expansion of education opportunity in American history,” according to the Alliance for School Choice. (Jan 30) more

Orange County Opposes Marriage Amendment
The Orange County Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution formally opposing the Marriage Protection Amendment, which will be considered by North Carolina voters on May 8, 2012. (Jan 27) more

CDC Analyzes Teen Mom Contraception Use
About half of teen mothers in a government survey were using contraception when they became pregnant, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Jan 26) more

NC Primary on Schedule
A three-judge panel has unanimously declined to delay the filing period and primary election date for North Carolina’s 2012 elections. (Jan 25) more

NC Improved Pro-Life Ranking
North Carolina is ranked as the 25th most pro-life state in the nation, moving up four spots from a 2011 ranking as the 29th most pro-life state, according to a new report from Americans United for Life. (Jan 24) more

Feds Keep Contraceptive Mandate
Despite thousands of complaints and two lawsuits, a federal mandate requiring public and private group health plans to cover “all FDA-approved” contraceptives will not exempt religious hospitals and universities, according to an announcement made Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Jan 23) more

Faith Leaders Affirm Traditional Marriage
As pro-homosexual activists gear up to oppose a Marriage Protection Amendment in North Carolina, an impressively broad array of religious leaders have signed an “open letter to all Americans,” affirming the definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman, and warning of the significant threat that marriage redefinition poses to both religious freedom and “the common good.” (Jan 20) more

Perdue Seeks Tax Increase
Governor Beverly Perdue announced earlier this week that she intends to propose a budget for next year that will include a sales tax increase to help restore education funding cuts that were made to help balance the 2011-2012 budget. (Jan 19) more

Supreme Court Refuses Forsyth Prayer Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to clarify a nationwide standard regarding prayer at public government meetings by declining to hear an appeal of a case involving the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ public invocation policy that allows prayers to specific deities. (Jan 18) more

Sanctity of Human Life Day
On Sunday, January 22, pro-life advocates around our state and nation will join together in recognition of “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday,” an annual day set aside to honor the intrinsic value of human life, from conception to natural death. (Jan 17) more

Court Says Churches Can Choose Leaders
Churches have the right under the First Amendment to hire or fire their own ministers without the interference of the government’s employment discrimination laws, according to a landmark decision handed down Wednesday by the United States Supreme Court. (Jan 13) more

Sex Standards Promote Gender Confusion
A coalition of contraceptive-based sex education advocates and health organizations has released a set of proposed national standards for sex education in K-12 schools that includes the promotion of sexual and gender confusion in the classroom beginning in Kindergarten. (Jan 12) more

Judge Halts Dues Change
A Wake County judge has halted implementation of a recently-passed bill that would prevent the voluntary automatic deduction of association dues from the paychecks of North Carolina public school employees for the North Carolina Association of Educators, while continuing to allow voluntary payroll deduction for payments to other state employees’ associations. (Jan 11) more

Federal Abstinence Funds Restored
In the fading days of 2011, Congress and President Obama approved an omnibus appropriations bill that includes the restoration of $5 million in federal funding for abstinence-based sex education programs. (Jan 10) more

Supreme Court to Hear TV Decency Case
The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in an important case that could determine the constitutionality of the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement of a ban on the broadcast of indecent material on television during the hours when children are most likely watching. (Jan 9) more

Legislators Disallow Automatic Teacher Dues
In the wee hours Thursday morning, the General Assembly overrode a gubernatorial veto of a bill to eliminate automatic dues deductions from the paychecks of state employees who are members of the state’s largest teachers’ union. (Jan 6) more

New Year Brings New Laws and Tax
On January 1, a number of new laws passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the 2011 session took effect, including stricter regulations on the sale of cold medicines aimed at stopping the production of methamphetamine, a restriction on running for more than one political office, and new requirements for teenage drivers. (Jan 5) more

GA Returns for Override Session
Legislators have returned to Raleigh today for a special veto override session, following the Governor’s recent veto of legislation that would reform the state’s Racial Justice Act. (Jan 4) more

Recession Still Affecting Children
A new report from the Brookings Institute examines the negative effects of the Great Recession on America’s children, including rising child poverty rates and dependence on government assistance programs. (Jan 3) more


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