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Amazing Anniversary: Marriage Equality Decision Celebrates First Year

This Sunday will mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to the states in 2015.

Writing for the 5-4 majority in that case, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy explained that all people have a right to the dignity that marriage bestows on couples.

Birth Control Battle: U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Limits Of ‘Religious Freedom’

People of faith who live in the United States sometimes have to make compromises between their personal beliefs and following the law. As far as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is concerned, there is no obvious way to distinguish when violating one’s faith is acceptable and when it isn’t.

“Sometimes when a religious person…is a member of a society he does have to accept all sorts of things that are terrible to him,” said Kennedy during oral arguments this morning in the consolidated case of Zubik v. Burwell.

Court Report: Justices Deliberate Marriage Equality

Seats inside the U.S. Supreme Court were at a premium today for the oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality case.

I was fortunate to get a spot in the press gallery. I was in the back row, and my view was obstructed by two large columns, but I’m not complaining; I would have been willing to hang from the rafters for this historic argument, a marathon session that featured five attorneys and lasted two and a half hours.

The Walking Dead?: Despite What Some Claim, The Religious Right Is Alive And Kicking

Just as author and humorist Mark Twain was once pronounced dead prematurely, so too it seems is the case with the Religious Right.

Last week, Politico published a story on “how Republicans lost the culture war.” Author Bill Scher writes that the GOP “stopped being savvy on abortion,” “got weird about birth control” and “bet wrong on gay marriage.”

Christian Prayers For A Christian Nation: In The Wake Of The Supreme Court’s Ruling On Municipal Prayers, Some Say No To Non-Christians

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of official prayers before meetings of local government, some jurisdictions that had been under court order to stop sponsoring sectarian supplications are plotting their next move.

In Roanoke County, Va., Supervisor Al Bedrosian has a plan: Only Christian prayers will be allowed. Everyone else can go jump in a lake.

A New Low At The High Court: Justices Approve ‘Majority-Rules’ Government Prayer Scheme

By now you’ve probably heard that the U.S. Supreme Court this morning upheld the right of a city in New York to open its meetings with mostly Christian prayers.

Americans United litigated this case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, on behalf of two women who opposed the “majority-rules” prayer practice in Greece, N.Y. Obviously, we strongly oppose today’s ruling.

Snapshots From The Supreme Court: Justices Ponder Limits Of Religious Expression In Birth Control Case

Do for-profit corporations exercise religion? What constitutes a religious enterprise? What did Congress intend when it passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993?

These and many other questions were batted about this morning as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pivotal combined case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties vs. Sebelius.   

I was fortunate to sit in the press gallery during the argument, and it seemed skepticism abounded on both sides.

High Noon At The High Court: Justices Hear Arguments In Town Of Greece v. Galloway Case

I spent a frantic morning at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Americans United’s challenge to government-sponsored sectarian prayer, Town of Greece v. Galloway, was argued.

I wasn’t inside the court for the argument, but AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, Legal Director Ayesha N. Khan and several other AU staff members were. They reported a spirited session, with both sides being peppered with questions from the justices.

The Depths Of Delusion: FRC Insists DOMA Ruling Is No Big Deal

As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” And as far as Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins is concerned, the fight to stop the legalization of same-sex marriage is far from over.

In a recent fundraising email on behalf of FRC’s lobbying arm, Perkins ranted that the Supreme Court’s June ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) didn’t really do much.

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