The Texas Legislature in mid-August closed the 30-day special summer session called by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) without passing two bills on Abbott’s agenda that would have threatened religious freedom: a private school voucher bill and an anti-transgender bathroom ban.
A Wyoming judge has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether she has the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs.
Represented by the Religious Right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom in the case, Neely v. Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, Judge Ruth Neely filed a petition in August asking the high court to review her case after the Wyoming Supreme Court publicly censured her earlier this year.
The Supreme Court will soon hear the case of a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, who insists that he has a right, under the First Amendment, to refuse service to same-sex couples.
Phillips asserts that his religious beliefs preclude him from baking wedding cakes for same-sex couples. His attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) also argue that Phillips is a “cake artist” and can’t be compelled to create something that offends his faith.
Science Backs Civil Rights For Transgender Individuals
I was disappointed by your response to the letter from Tom Kirkman III berating AU for its opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 and similar proposals that would discriminate against transgender individuals (September Church & State). Simply restating your opposition to such discrimination, while necessary, did not address Mr. Kirkman’s central claim that “gender identity is pretense,” and therefore there can be no real discrimination against transgender individuals.
When high-school sweethearts Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover applied for a marriage license on Feb. 3, 2016, in Glenville, W.Va., they expected it to be one of the happiest days of their lives. Instead, they were on the receiving end of verbal abuse from a Gilmer County clerk who told the couple that God would “deal” with them and that they were an “abomination.”
In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins faced a double serving of discrimination when they were ready to get married: They couldn’t marry in their home state because Colorado did not yet allow marriage equality, and a bakery in Denver’s suburbs refused to make them a wedding cake.