Evangelical Movements Increase Their Use of Legal Advocacy

March 5, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times


On March 5, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "When a severely disabled Miami woman was raped and impregnated, Florida-based Liberty Counsel stepped in, attempting to block an abortion and seek guardianship of the fetus. When a Huntington Beach ministry was booted from the warehouse where it worshipped and wound up in a dirt lot, the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund swiftly filed suit, arguing that the city had violated the federal religious land-use act. Now, the two groups are suing to block San Francisco's same-sex marriages, an issue that will almost surely land before the state Supreme Court. They are part of a growing Christian legal advocacy movement bent on enhancing the rights and promoting the moral visions of evangelical Christians in the public sphere. Both groups have defended the right of Christian public school students to express their views and to have access to school funds and meeting space. Both have fought on behalf of antiabortion protesters. Both increasingly have battled laws that offer benefits to gays and lesbians."