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Alabama Probate Judges Must Immediately Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Alabama Supreme Court Order Does Not Allow Judges To Refuse Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples, Civil Liberties Groups Say

Alabama’s probate judges are under an immediate obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples, say the four civil-rights organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state.

Pursuant to a May 21 order by Judge Callie V.S Granade in Strawser v. Strange, probate judges became obligated to obey the U.S. Constitution and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the date that “the Supreme Court issues its ruling”  in Obergefell v. Hodges. The ruling in Obergefell was issued on June 26, so Judge Granade’s injunction is now in effect. Read more

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality Will Spur New Round Of ‘Religious Freedom’ Battles, Americans United Says

Religious Right Groups Will Seek To Undermine Historic Ruling, Asserts Church-State Watchdog

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes today’s Supreme Court ruling extending marriage equality nationwide but cautions that it will spark a sharp backlash from the Religious Right.

The high court ruled 5-4 that it is unconstitutional for states to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. States will also be required to recognize all legal marriage licenses issued by other states, including those given to gay couples. Read more

Same-Sex Scare Tactics: No, Churches Won’t Be Forced To Marry Gays

None of the Religious Right’s arguments against marriage equality are particularly strong, but some are much worse than others.

Here’s the weakest one: Clergy will be forced to officiate at same-sex weddings. The far right has been shopping this one around since Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage in 2004. That was 11 years ago. How many members of the clergy in Massachusetts have been forced to perform marriages for same-sex couples since then? How many have been fined or are sitting in prison for refusing?

Zero. Zilch. None. Read more

Baptist Minister Slams Religious Right For Distorting Religious Liberty

The Religious Right has hijacked the concept of religious freedom, changing it from a noble principle intended to protect minorities into a weapon by which the majority oppresses others, a Baptist minister said recently.

In an April opinion piece for Baptist News Global, the Rev. Corey Fields, associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., wrote that “religious freedom” was once used to help individuals and groups get legal protections. Now, however, it has become an excuse to ignore laws. Read more

La. Governor’s Anti-LGBT Order Has Nothing To Do With ‘Religious Freedom,’ Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Asserts That Jindal’s Action Is A Misguided Political Ploy

Protecting the so-called “religious freedom” rights of anti-gay fundamentalists is not a justification for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order authorizing discrimination against LGBT persons, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Last night, Jindal signed Executive Order BJ 15-8, which purports to permit government employees, business owners and others to refuse service to LGBT persons if they do so on the basis of their religious beliefs.
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