Yesterday, I attended “Unfinished Business” – the LGBTQ summit hosted by The Atlantic in Washington, D.C. The annual event is free to the public and seeks to showcase the current state of LGBTQ rights in the United States.
The Supreme Court today is hearing oral arguments in what will likely be a very important case for religious freedom.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just asked the public whether it should give new religious exemptions to faith-based organizations that accept grants and contracts to provide services to the public.
Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who made national news in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reappeared in the news recently when she announced that she will seek re-election next year.
A year ago, when Donald Trump and Mike Pence were elected to the highest offices in the land, Americans United warned of the many threats this administration posed to church-state separation. We promised that if any of those threats came to fruition, we would be ready to fight back and defend religious freedom.
“If God didn’t give you access to a male or female bathroom via your anatomy, neither should we give you access via ordinance or legislation.”
A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) revealed that a majority of Americans support LGBTQ rights and oppose religiously based discrimination – although it’s a bare majority on several topics.
PRRI found that 53 percent of Americans oppose allowing businesses that provide wedding services – such as caterers, florists and bakers – to refuse services to same-sex couples. Young adults are more strongly opposed to this religion-based discrimination, with 64 percent opposing such refusals of service.
On Dec. 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have a huge impact on how our nation’s anti-discrimination laws protect the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, women and just about anyone.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by six civil-rights and religious organizations, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that a Colorado bakery does not have a religious-freedom right to refuse to serve same-sex couples in violation of the state’s antidiscrimination laws.