Ian Huyett

HB 542, Religious Liberty Act –Written Testimony

The following Cornerstone written testimony was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, May 11, 2021 This bill has two purposes. First, the bill will protect churches from being treated worse than other essential services in states of emergency. For example, the bill would prohibit churches from being totally closed by the government when services such as grocery stores and hospitals are still operating. …

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Religious Liberty Act (HB 542)

Written Testimony for HB 542 as Amended, the Religious Liberty Act submitted to the NH House Judiciary Committee by Ian Huyett, Esq. on behalf of Cornerstone Action March 5, 2021 Cornerstone supports HB 542 as amended. Please note that, in addition to codifying the general Mack protections that were contained in the original HB 440, the amendment removes bill language that referred to “temporary …

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Civil Liberties Defense Act (HB 440)

Written Testimony for HB 440 as Amended, the Civil Liberties Defense Act submitted to the NH House Judiciary Committee by Ian Huyett, Esq. on behalf of Cornerstone Action February 26, 2021 The legislative findings in this proposed amendment explain, in a simple step-by-step manner, the need for the amendment and its modest scope. I hope that, if Committee members look at this proposed amendment, …

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HB 625 Late Term Abortion Ban – Written Testimony

The following Cornerstone written testimony was delivered to the House Judiciary committee Tuesday, February 9, 2021 My testimony this morning will be limited to HB 625. This bill is deeply consistent with the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Casey, and I’m happy to discuss that if there are questions. But, in my testimony, I’d like to talk about why late-term abortion …

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Why do Sununu and MacDonald Need to Suspend Constitutional Rights?

The following article was originally posted in the NH Journal, January 14, 2021 At least on paper, Governor Chris Sununu is currently one of the most powerful executives in the United States. In litigation against the Governor’s COVID-19 orders, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has successfully argued that—in a time of emergency—Sununu has the power to suspend civil liberties, including fundamental constitutional rights. …

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court Has Just Revolutionized Religious Liberty

In a ruling on Tuesday, December 22, the New Hampshire Supreme Court handed down the greatest win for religious liberty in the state’s history. In a masterful opinion written by Justice James Bassett, the Supreme Court held—for the first time—that the New Hampshire Constitution provides serious protections for religious liberty. The Christmas-week ruling, State v. Mack, greatly shores up religious liberty in the Granite …

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Justice Barrett’s Confirmation is a Triumph for the Church

On Monday, the church in America witnessed a rare triumph: an outspoken Christian confirmed to the Supreme Court. Christians who do not closely follow the Court might not appreciate just how extraordinary this fact is—and how fortunate we are to have such an inspiring Christian jurist on the bench. Yet we must also appreciate, and pray for, the difficult and volatile situation in which Justice Barrett now finds herself.

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