The Colorado Court of Appeals has protected the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and ruled against a baker seeking a “religious freedom” right to discriminate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Americans United had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today unveiled an aggressive, multi-pronged initiative to fight the growing idea that “religious freedom” gives people a right to thwart marriage equality for LGBT Americans, deny women access to reproductive care and use taxpayer dollars to discriminate.
AU’s new “Protect Thy Neighbor” project pushes back against efforts to transform religious freedom into a cudgel to harm others – an effort that’s quickly gaining steam in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent marriage-equality ruling.
The Fayette Circuit Court ruled this week that a Lexington, Ky.-based T-shirt printing company did not break the law when it refused to make shirts for the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO).
GLSO had intended to use the shirts in the city’s 2012 Pride Festival, and filed a complaint against the company with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission. The Commission ruled in GLSO’s favor, but Monday’s decision overturns that ruling. Read more
The last time I flew on a commercial plane, a toddler threw an iPhone at me.
The girl looked to be about a year and half old, and her mother was very apologetic. I smiled as I handed the phone back – it had bounced off my shoulder – and joked, “Your daughter has a good arm. Maybe she’ll play baseball someday.” Read more
Utah is generally considered to be one of the most conservative states in the country. When same-sex marriage became legal there as the result of a federal court ruling, some observers feared for the worst and braced for resistance.
It didn’t happen. State officials behaved responsibly. Although they made it clear that they don’t support marriage equality, these officials directed the people who work for them to follow the court ruling and not engage in futile forms of resistance. Same-sex couples began getting married in Utah, and all is well. Read more
In 2012, a teacher at Saint Vincent de Paul School in Indiana named Emily Herx was fired solely because she chose to undergo in vitro fertilization, an increasingly common procedure that church officials consider a violation of their dogma. Read more
An Arkansas woman has declared her gun range a “Muslim-free zone.” Jan Morgan, proprietor of The Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range, announced the change on the business’ Facebook page; as justification, she cited the “strange behavior” of two recent patrons Morgan assumed to be of Middle Eastern descent.
It may seem like a dispatch from the Jim Crow era, but a recent poll shows that some Americans still believe business owners have a religious freedom right to discriminate against customers based on their race. Read more