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New Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Discrimination In The Name Of Religion

The confirmation hearing for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, got under way yesterday, with some senators mentioning religious freedom during their opening remarks.

Gorsuch will start taking questions today, and the issue is likely to resurface again. It will be interesting to hear what Gorsuch has to say. In AU’s view, some of his opinions on religious freedom are troubling, and that’s why we’re opposed to his nomination.

Mass. Hospital Worker Loses Vaccine Exemption Fight

A former employee of Children’s Hospital in Boston was not entitled to a religious exemption from a vaccine requirement, a federal court has ruled.

According to The National Law Review, Leontine Robinson belongs to the Nation of Islam and had argued that the vaccine violated her religious beliefs because it contained gelatin, a pork byproduct. The hospital offered her a gelatin-free alternative, but Robinson still refused to get the vaccine and failed to persuade her employers that she qualified for a medical exemption.

Colo. Supreme Court Correct To Refuse To Hear Baker’s Lawsuit

Cake Shop Owner Had No Constitutional Right To Deny Services To LGBT Residents, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional rights of same-sex couples by refusing to hear a religious-freedom challenge to a state anti-discrimination ordinance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. This action is part of Americans United’s Protect Thy Neighbor project, which seeks to stop religion-based discrimination against LGBT persons and others.

Americans United Hails Georgia Governor’s Veto Of HB 757, A So-Called ‘Religious Freedom Bill’

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Deal Was Right To Reject Measure Designed To Foster Discrimination Against LGBT Residents

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today applauded Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of a “religious freedom bill” that would have sanctioned discrimination in Georgia.
 
“We thank the governor for his veto,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Discrimination has no place in Georgia or any other state.” 
 
The bill, H.B. 757, purported to preserve religious freedom, but Lynn noted that the First Amendment to the U.S.

Scads Of Christian Schools Win Waivers To Federal Anti-Discrimination Law

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.

Ky. Gov. Approves Marriage License Compromise

Kentucky marriage licenses will no longer require signatures from county clerks thanks to an executive order from the state’s new governor. Matt Bevin (R), who took office in December, said his order was intended to “ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored.”

Sweet Justice?: Bakery Owners Finally Pay Fine For Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple

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.

Liberty To Force Fundamentalism Onto Others?

You could say Liberty Counsel had a bad September.

When Mat Staver, founder of the Religious Right legal group, announced that Pope Francis secretly met with his client, Kim Davis, during the recent U.S. papal tour, it should have been a moment of glory for the organization.

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