Mario Bird

HomeAuthorMario Bird, Author at Alaska Watchman

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On Nov. 5 in the Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson heard oral argument on the State of Alaska’s motion to dismiss the case ACLU v. Dunleavy. Prior to the hearing, about 35 supporters listened to ACLU demonstrators on the plaza abutting 4th Avenue, their ranks dotted with “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” picket signs. A few “Dunleavy for Governor” partisans stood close by. At issue is Governor Mike Dunleavy’s veto...

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Brett Harvey, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, has litigated First Amendment cases for nearly 20 years. Notably, he argued to reinstate a policy allowing prayer before town meetings in a small city in New York. That case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, ended in the Town of Greece’s favor by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. Although based in Washington, D.C., Harvey’s advocacy takes him all over the United States, including Anchorage where...

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In his address to the Massachusetts Militia on Oct. 11, 1798, President John Adams said that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Nearly 221 years later, Alaskans intend to put Adams’ maxim to the proof, as atheists, Satanists, and self-proclaimed Pastafarians continue to deliver irreligious prayers at Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings. Beginning in the early 1980s, the assembly invited...

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In 2010 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski initially voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In 2013, however, she changed her mind and voted for same-sex marriage, so long as religious freedom remained intact. Now, with most of those freedoms stripped, the LGBTQ lobby is counting on her support. But so are her fellow Catholics and Christians across Alaska and the nation. ACT AIMS TO CURTAIL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EXEMPTION Coming...

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Did the Alaska Supreme Court overstep in striking down a measure duly approved by the Alaska Legislature and signed into law by the governor defining “medically necessary abortions” for the purpose of clarifying when the state would pay for the procedures? Or was Governor Mike Dunleavy out of line for responding to the high court’s ruling by vetoing $335,000 – the exact amount the state spends annually on abortion payments – from the high court’s...

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