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Palmetto Family Weekly Update

June 5, 2009

Welcome to Palmetto Family Weekly Update.

In this issue…

Gay marriage bill signed into law in New Hampshire

Video: PFC on Supreme Court Nominee

-Blog Update: Palmetto Family Life – “Thank You”
-Events: Del Tackett is Coming to South Carolina for PFC


Gay marriage bill signed into law in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H.–New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage after the Senate and House passed key language on religious rights and Gov. John Lynch–who personally opposes gay marriage–signed the legislation Wednesday afternoon. …

Lynch, a Democrat, had promised a veto if the law didn’t clearly spell out that churches and religious groups would not be forced to officiate at gay marriages or provide other services. Legislators made the changes. …

Opponents, mainly Republicans, objected on grounds including the fragmented process.

“It is no surprise that the Legislature finally passed the last piece to the gay marriage bill today. After all, when you take 12 votes on five iterations of the same issue, you’re bound to get it passed sooner or later,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of gay marriage opponent Cornerstone Policy Research.

The revised bill added a sentence specifying that all religious organizations, associations or societies have exclusive control over their religious doctrines, policies, teachings and beliefs on marriage. …

New Hampshire’s decision leaves Rhode Island as the only New England state not to allow same-sex marriages. A bill there is expected to fail this year, as similar ones have in previous years.

Click HERE to read more.


PFC on Supreme Court Nominee: WIS-News

Columbia’s WIS-TV News recently interviewed Palmetto Family Council President Oran P. Smith about Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.

Click HERE or on the video below to hear what he had to say:

Note: This video clip is courtesy of WIS-TV and is preceded by a 15-second advertisement. The news segment itself 2 minutes, 35 seconds long. The interview with Dr. Smith is 1 minute, 10 seconds into the segment.


Palmetto Family Life: “Thank You”

This week’s Palmetto Family Life features a blog entry by Janet Scouten about thankfulness:

In case anyone is wondering, I’m feeling particularly thankful these days. School is out—hooray!—and I’m getting to spend some good, lazy time with my boys instead of rushing them to get eat, rushing them to get dressed, and rushing them out the door to school.

In this blog entry, Janet also reminisces about the overwhelming sense of thankfulness she felt when her family lived overseas in 2003, and how the lessons learned that year affect their lives even now:

And while we truly loved and enjoyed our year abroad, we never for a moment forgot that our situation there was temporary. And, as Christians, learning to embrace that feeling of temporariness is something we now apply to every day of this earthly life. …

Click HERE to read more.


SAVE THE DATE: Del Tackett is Coming!

Palmetto Family Council is honored to announce that Del Tackett will be coming to Greenville, SC on August 27th for an event you won’t want to miss.

Dr. Del Tackett is the chief spokesperson for Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project—a nationwide initiative designed to bring the Christian worldview to the body of Christ.

The Truth Project—an incredibly popular DVD-based small group curriculum taught by Dr. Tackett— is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective, with each lesson discussing the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

Look for more information in the coming weeks about these exciting opportunities from Palmetto Family Council to see Del Tackett, live and in-person, on Thursday, August 27th.

To learn more about Del Tackett and The Truth Project, click HERE.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for this event, contact us at

For more about Palmetto Family Council, visit our website at

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