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Turning The Tables: Okla. Lawmaker’s Proposal Would Have Required Businesses To Give Public Notice If They Intended To Discriminate Against LGBT Persons

As some business owners nationwide argue that they have a “religious freedom” right to refuse service to LGBT customers, one Oklahoma lawmaker fought back with a proposal that would have required businesses to issue public notice if they intended to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Read more

Bumpy Lane: Religious Right Operative Seeks To Build (Another) Church-Based Political Machine

Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

Marriage Mess: Okla. Bill Tries But Fails To Remove The State From The Wedding Business

The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would, critics claim, throw the current laws on civil marriage in the state into chaos. HB 1125, sponsored by State Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), would require couples to have a member of the clergy or another registered officiant solemnize the wedding and issue a marriage certificate.  The bill would eliminate marriage licenses altogether. Read more

Nightclubbing For Jesus?: A Fla. Hot Spot Disguised As House Of Worship Loses Its Tax Exemption

When you picture a typical church, what comes to mind? If it’s not "naked paint parties,” then you would probably side with Florida officials who recently revoked the tax exemption of a “church” that appears to have been a nightclub trying to skirt tax laws.   Read more

Traditional Failures: Fundamentalist View Of Marriage Still Out Of Touch

A new poll shows that support for marriage equality is at an all-time high: It’s at 59 percent, in fact.  The U.S. Supreme Court is going to take the matter up next month, and many feel that no matter what the high court says, same-sex marriage is inevitable. Read more

Fundamentalist Bailout: Ark. Bill Asks Religious Right Legal Group To Defend Hypothetical Ten Commandments Monument

An Arkansas lawmaker’s proposal that would result in the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on public land looks like a jobs bill for a Religious Right legal organization.

Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) filed a last-minute measure yesterday that would allow for the Decalogue display on the grounds of the state capitol in Little Rock. Read more

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