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Back To Basics: It’s Time To Reclaim Real Religious Freedom

Americans United has been keeping tabs on a number of bills in the states that purport to defend “religious freedom” while actually undermining that principle.

These proposals are a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision upholding marriage equality. They take several forms.

Multiple states are considering socalled “First Amendment Defense Acts.” Some of these bills simply state that no member of the clergy can be compelled to preside at a same-sex wedding.

Federal Court Struggles With Issue Of Female Guards At Guantanamo

An unusual religious freedom claim is playing out in Cuba, where a U.S. military court is considering whether to lift a restraining order that prevents female guards at a prison at Guantanamo Bay from touching Muslims detained in connection with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sibling Rivalry: Religious Freedom Fights Put Economic And Religious Conservatives At Odds

It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s candidacy has created a conundrum for the Republican Party. In primary after primary, America’s most famous businessman peels the party’s bloc away from establishment candidates like Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).

Meanwhile, state legislatures in Georgia and North Carolina just propelled discriminatory bills to the desks of their respective governors – much to the dismay of business communities in both states.

Courtroom Drama: N.Y. Judge Swears Oath On Quran, Sparks Immediate Backlash

New York City’s newest judge has caused a bit of a stir, and it’s not for her approach to jurisprudence. Carolyn Walker-Diallo, who is Muslim, swore on a copy of the Quran to take a seat on Brooklyn’s 7th Municipal District Court. The New York Daily News reports that the backlash is so fierce that Diallo’s supporters now fear for her safety.

Kim Davis Should Go Back To Jail If She Interferes With Deputy Clerks’ Ability To Issue Marriage Licenses, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Recalcitrant Clerk Must Be Closely Monitored

Controversial Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis should be sent back to jail if she interferes with her office’s ability to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
“Reports have surfaced that Kim Davis intends to violate the court order by again denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “If Davis does that, she deserves to go back behind bars.”
 
U.S. District Judge David L.

Canned Clerk: Ind. County Employee Fired For Refusing To Process Same-Sex Couples’ Marriage Applications Files Lawsuit

An employee at a county clerk’s office in Indiana who was fired because she refused to process marriage licenses for same-sex couples claims her “religious freedom” rights have been violated. So now she’s suing.

Linda Summers, an employee in Harrison County, was fired last year for her refusal to fully perform her job requirements – specifically issuing marriage licenses for all qualified couples.

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