• Reasons to Cheer: High Court Bolsters Free Speech, States Boost Election Reforms

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    Surge Summary: A free speech victory, the Equal Rights Amendment suffers another setback … and election reform measures move forward.

    by Gary Bauer

    There was an important victory for free speech and religious liberty at the Supreme Court [Monday].  The justices ruled 8-to-1 that speech codes at Georgia Gwinnett College unconstitutionally prevented a student from sharing his Christian faith on campus.

    Friday, federal Judge Rudolph Contreras rejected a Democrat lawsuit attempting to force the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  The lawsuit was brought by the attorneys general of Illinois, Nevada and Virginia after their states recently ratified the ERA, even though the deadline for ratification passed decades ago.

    Thankfully, Judge Contreras (an Obama appointee!) wasn’t having any of it.  In his opinion, he stated that the ratification deadline was “just as effective as . . . the text of a proposed amendment.”

    In other news, election reform measures are continuing to advance at the state level.  The Georgia Senate passed legislation yesterday limiting “no-excuse absentee voting” and tightening voter ID requirements for absentee ballots.

    And Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation into law that enacts numerous commonsense election reforms, including efforts to return her state to the concept of an Election Day rather than an Election Month.
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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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