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Scads Of Christian Schools Win Waivers To Federal Anti-Discrimination Law

Dozens of Christian schools have sought – and many have received – waivers from the federal government so that they are able to discriminate against LGBT students and staff without affecting their tax funding.

Sixty schools have already sought from the Obama administration exemptions from Title IX, a provision in a 1972 education law that states that educational programs may not discriminate on the basis of sex if they receive federal aid. Read more

In The Crosshairs

Bans on same-sex marriage are now relics of the past. But for LGBT activists, the broader fight for civil rights isn’t over yet. In municipalities across the country groups and campaigners affiliated with the Religious Right have re-focused their energies on a new target: anti-discrimination measures.

“They’re grasping at straws to make people afraid that adding LGBT protections will hurt them,” Rose Saxe, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV Project, told Church & State. Read more

Mass. Catholic School Discriminated Against Gay Man, Court Rules

A Massachusetts Catholic school discriminated against a gay man when it rescinded a job offer because of his sexual orientation, a court ruled recently.

Matthew Barrett was hired as director of food services for Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls school in Milton, in 2013. But Barrett’s job offer was cancelled soon after he accepted because he listed his husband as an emergency contact.

Then-Fontbonne head Mary Ellen Barnes told Barrett that his same-sex relationship was “inconsistent” with Catholic doctrine. Barrett sued, calling the move discriminatory. Read more

Sign With Bible Passage Removed From Colo. County Office After AU Complaint

On the heels of a complaint from Americans United, a county clerk’s office in Colorado has removed a religious poster that critics said was intended to cast doubt on the validity of the marriages of same-sex couples.

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroe­der put up the poster in 2014 after a federal appeals court ruling made marriage equality the law in Colorado and several other nearby states. It depicted an image of a bride and a groom accompanied by a verse from the first Book of Corinthians that read, “…each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” Read more

Roy Moore’s Latest Attempt To Block Marriage Equality In Alabama Is Doomed To Fail, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On State Probate Judges To Ignore Chief Justice’s Order

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s latest attempt to block marriage equality in Alabama is a pathetic gesture that is doomed to fail, and it should be ignored by state officials, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
 
Moore today ordered all probate judges in Alabama to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and suggested that a state constitutional amendment and a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples remain in force.
 
Moore is flat-out wrong, says Americans United.
 
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Ky. Corporation Does Not Have ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Discriminate, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Hands On Originals Should Have Made T-Shirts For Gay-Pride Event

Hands On Originals, Inc., does not have a free-speech or free-exercise right to violate Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Ky., anti-discrimination laws, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals, Americans United said Hands On Originals cannot use the religious beliefs of its owner as legal cover for refusing to make T-shirts for a gay-pride event.
 
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Sweet Justice?: Bakery Owners Finally Pay Fine For Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple

The former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa have finally paid a state-mandated fine for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple – months after they were ordered to do so.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian told Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in July, but in October, the Kleins announced that they would not comply with the order while it was on appeal. Read more

Denominational Drama: N.D. Couple Sues Church For Viewpoint Discrimination

A Kindred, N.D., couple claims their former church discriminated against them for their conservative views on gay rights. Ray and Joan Grabanski have sued Norman Evangelical Lutheran Church, its pastor and several congregants and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) over the alleged discrimination.                                      Read more

Colo. County Official Has No Right To Post Religious Sign Attacking Marriage Equality At Government Office, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Elbert County Clerk Is Clearly Trying To Express Disapproval Of Same-Sex Couples

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder must remove a poster with a biblical passage disparaging the marriages of same-sex couples from his government office, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
Schroeder’s office is responsible for issuing marriage licenses, and it’s clear that the clerk put up the poster to express disapproval of same-sex unions, the organization asserts.
 
The poster depicts an image of a bride and a groom accompanied by a verse from the first Book of Corinthians that reads, “…each man should have his own wif

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