Gay marriage battles brewing in at least 6 states this year
Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Gay marriage supporters enjoyed landmark victories in 2012 and are hoping for an even bigger win at the U.S. Supreme Court this year, but in the meantime political battles are brewing in at least six states where marriage redefinition bills likely will be considered.

Conscientious Abortions? We Don’t Need New Laws Protecting Abortionists
Richard M. Doerflinger, Public Discourse

A recent argument that abortion providers deserve the same legal protection as pro-life medical providers is philosophically flawed and ignores legal and popular consensus on the evil of abortion.

Vatican II and Religious Liberty
Omar F.A. Gutierrez, The Catholic World Report

Dignitatis Humanae, the Council document on religious freedom, represented a development of Church teaching, not a reversal of it.

Egypt’s Coptic Christians fleeing country after Islamist takeover
Richard Spencer, The Telegraph

Tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians are leaving the country in the wake of the Egyptian revolution and subsequent Islamist takeover of politics, priests and community leaders say.