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When the United State Supreme Court ruled in 2004 to keep the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance, its power to influence Christianity and the broader religious culture came into clear focus. Often the most significant moral issues in the evangelical dialogue—abortion, homosexuality, church-state issues—go before the United States Supreme Court. Charged with interpreting the Constitution, the highest court in the nation consists of one chief justice and eight associate justices. Due to the life tenure of each justice, infrequent presidential appointments to the court have become an important action item for Christian lobbyists and a point of moral concern for evangelicals.

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  • Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage cases | Reuters
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned. By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in those states. Other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans will also be affected, meaning the number of states with gay marriage is likely to quickly jump from 19 to 30.
  • Evangelical college's contraception lawsuit proves divisive | Al Jazeera America
    “There’s this external, out-facing argument to the federal government that ‘we believe these to be abortifacients, and this is part of our core religious identity,’ ” Leah Seppanen Anderson, a political science professor, said. “As an insider at Wheaton, I feel like we have not had that conversation.” She and most of the women she spoke with agreed that in their own lives, they would probably err on the side of not using emergency contraception. But Anderson said she’s simply not comfortable with the college making that decision for her, let alone presenting it to the world as a definitive evangelical value. “It seems like people at best aren’t sure, so why are we drawing the line on the sand on this issue?”

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