Category Archive for: family

New Utah Law Promotes Marriage Through Prep Classes

Utah is encouraging its citizens to better prepare for marriage by discounting the cost of marriage licenses for couples who complete marriage preparation classes. The law, signed March 20 by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, will discount marriage licenses by $20 for couples who complete at least three hours of premarital counseling or six hours of…Read More

Faith-Based Adoption Protection Bill Wins Key Victory

Sen. Greg Treat’s SB1140, designed to create legal protections for faith-based adoption agencies, won a huge victory on Thursday when it advanced out of the House Judiciary committee with an overwhelming 13-6 vote. House author Rep. Travis Dunlap (R-Bartlesville) presented and defended the bill against aggressive attacks from opponents. After one of the bill’s lead…Read More

USCCB urges support for ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced by Sen. Mike Lee…Read More

Victory: State Senate Votes Overwhelmingly for Adoption Protection

Legislation to preserve the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies in Oklahoma took an important step toward becoming law Tuesday (March 13) with the support of national and state Baptist leaders. The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the…Read More

Private Scholarship Bills Fail By Razor Thin Margins

Oklahoma’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund was dealt a disappointing defeat this week in both chambers of the state legislature. House Bill 3537 and Senate Bill 1384 proposed to raise the cap on private donations to the fund that qualify for state tax credits from the current $5 million limit. Both measures would also have added an…Read More