Anti-Same-Sex Adoption Judge In Ky. Resigns

A Kentucky judge who refused to process adoptions that involved members of the LGBTQ community because of his religious beliefs has resigned after facing ethics charges. In April, Judge W. Mitchell Nance required lawyers to inform him if an adoption case ... Read »

Private School Subsidy Fails In Pa. Legislature

A bill designed to funnel public money from public schools into a private school voucher-like program failed to make it out of a Pennsylvania Senate committee. The bill would have allowed parents of students who attend public schools deemed “underperformi ... Read »

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Md. Cross Display

A federal appeals court has ruled that a towering cross on public land in Bladensburg, Md., is unconstitu­tional and should be removed. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the religious symbol, which its defenders insist is a memorial to ... Read »

Ariz. Wedding-Invitation Designer Must Serve Everyone

An Arizona court ruled in late October that two evangel­ical wedding-shop owners could not ignore the state’s non-discrimination ordinance and discriminate against LGBTQ couples under the guise of “religious freedom.” Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners ... Read »

Supreme Court Rejects N.M. Ten Commandments Case

A Ten Commandments marker that was erected six years ago on government property in Bloomfield, N.M., has been moved to a church after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that the display should be removed from publi ... Read »

Trump Military Transgender Ban Largely Blocked

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has blocked Pres­ident Donald J. Trump’s attempts to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the ban, wh ... Read »

HHS Department Pushes ‘Faith-Based’ Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  has issued a formal request for information to help it figure out how to remove “barriers” it claims faith-based organi­zations face when seeking taxpayer funding. Dena Sher, Americans United’s assistant l ... Read »

A Big Thank You To Barry Lynn

A Big Thank You To Barry Lynn I don’t consider myself a hero worshipper... but wait, if a hero is someone whom I respect and admire, then Barry Lynn is one of my heroes. Each time I receive a Church & State issue, the first page I turn to is the one w ... Read »

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