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A Massachusetts Catholic school discriminated against a gay man when it rescinded a job offer because of his sexual orientation, a court ruled recently.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