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Alabama Chief Justice To Face Trial Again On Ethics Charges

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will go on trial this month on charges that he violated judicial ethics.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary, a state oversight body, issued a brief order last month denying Moore’s request to dismiss the charges against him. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 28, reported the news site Al.com.

Federal Court Strikes Down Miss. ‘Religious Freedom’ Legislation

A Mississippi law that purported to defend “religious freedom” by allowing state officials and others to discriminate against LGBT residents was struck down in June by a federal court.

U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves declared that “The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” is unconstitutional and enjoined the state from enforcing it the day before it was to go into effect.

House Republicans Hold Hearing On ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Americans United in July took aim at a dangerous piece of legislation in Congress that would give religious fundamentalists broad powers to discriminate against LGBT Americans and others.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee heard testimony July 12 – the one-month anniversary of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando – on H.R. 2802, the deceptively named “First Amend­ment Defense Act” (FADA).

Trump’s Veep Pick Is A Favorite Of The Religious Right

Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump in July selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, a move signaling that the controversial real estate mogul and reality TV star is continuing his aggressive courting of the Religious Right in the hopes of achieving victory this fall.

Facing The Music: Roy Moore Prepares To Go On Trial -- Again

Roy Moore can’t catch a break – nor should he.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Harold Albritton handed the embattled chief justice another blow yesterday, ruling that Moore can’t be reinstated to the Alabama Supreme Court while the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) tries him on six ethics charges. Moore, with the assistance of Liberty Counsel, had sued the JIC, arguing that the process violated his rights.

Perkins’ Platform?: Religious Right Leaders Stymie Efforts To Pull GOP To The Center

Political pundits who are convinced that the Religious Right is shrinking might want to take a look at the latest draft of the Republican Party platform. It’s evidence that this movement has lost little of its political might.

A platform subcommittee in Cleveland rejected amendments to soften the party’s language on abortion and LGBT rights; it also added language backing Donald Trump’s proposal to restrict immigration from Muslim-majority countries.

Keeping Secrets?: Kim Davis Accused Of Violating Ky. Open-Records Law

Kim Davis’ legal woes aren’t quite over yet. The office of the State Attorney General announced yesterday that the embattled Rowan County clerk may have violated the Kentucky Open Records Act when she refused to comply with a records request from a Washington, D.C.-based government watchdog.

States Sue Federal Government Over Transgender Policy

The attorneys general of 11 states have filed suit against the Obama administration over its announcement that transgender students are protected by federal gender equality legislation.

Officials in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin filed the suit in a Texas court in May. (Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant ordered the state to join the State of Texas v. United States lawsuit, but its attorney general has said he will not take part in the litigation.)

God’s Will Not Done?: Disgraced Former Navy Chaplain Loses Bid For Public Office

It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran legislator Bob Gardner beat Klingenschmitt in a landslide. Gardner will face a Democratic challenger in November.

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