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Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings Don’t Allay AU’s Concerns

Yesterday concluded the four-day Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Donald J. Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

As we’ve written before, Gorsuch’s history as a federal appeals court judge indicates that he does not support true religious freedom. His performance during the hearings did nothing to allay our concerns.

Roy Moore In The U.S. Senate? Yes, It Could Happen.

If U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as U.S. attorney general, his seat in the Senate will be open. The governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley (R), will have to a name a replacement to fill out the rest of Sessions’ term, which expires in 2020. 

Bentley is getting a head start on things by interviewing potential replacements. One of the names on his short list may surprise you: It’s Roy Moore.

Ala. Chief Justice Orders State Judges To Reject Marriage Equality Ruling

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has attempted yet again to halt marriage equality in his state.

On Jan. 6, Moore issued an order seemingly out of nowhere that ordered Alabama probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples; the order also stated that an Alabama constitutional amendment and a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples remain in force – even though federal courts have struck them down.

Tenn. County Official Proposes ‘God’s Wrath’ Resolution

The Blount County, Tenn., Board of Commissioners has refused to pass a resolution condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s “unlawful” marriage-equality verdict. County Commissioner Karen Miller had proposed the non-binding resolution, which stated that “the Governor, Attorney General, and ALL WE Blount County Legislators have sworn an oath consistent with the moral Law of God.”

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Muslim In Headscarf Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 1 that a Muslim woman who was denied a job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wears a headscarf has the right to sue the company.

The high court reinstated a lawsuit claiming that Abercrombie violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it declined to hire Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim who wears a headscarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision was based on its “look policy,” which prohibits employees from wearing hats and other head coverings.

Courtroom Clash

As the U.S. Supreme Court pre­pared to hear oral arguments in a case concerning the constitutionality of marriage equality, Religious Right groups began to get antsy.

Application Of Church-State Separation Key To Marriage Equality Issue, Says Americans United

Group Says Supreme Court Should Reject Mixing Theology With Public Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court should extend marriage equality nationwide, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court announced this afternoon that it will hear four consolidated cases challenging the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The practice is now legal in 36 states.

Americans United Executive Director the Rev. Barry W. Lynn said it’s time for the court to make it clear that this issue won’t be settled on the basis of religion.

Supreme Court Will Hear Ariz. Church Sign Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit over restrictions on church signs in Gilbert, Ariz.

Good News Presbyterian Church alleges that the town’s law, which forbids groups from placing advertising in public right-of-ways more than 12 hours before an event, is discriminatory. Currently, the law allows political signs to be posted 60 days before an election, and ideological signs may be posted indefinitely.

Building Backlash

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, millions of Americans expressed their anger. Religious Right leader Tim Wildmon was not among them.