Mary Reichard
Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian farmers banned from city market over marriage views

Religious Liberty | Officials in East Lansing, Mich., crafted a new ordinance to keep the Tennes family from selling their local produce
by Mary Reichard
Posted 6/06/17, 08:35 am

Like many business people today, Steve and Bridget Tennes rely on multiple streams of income to pay the bills. They run an orchard called Country Mill Farms in Charlotte, Mich., that doubles as a wedding venue. When the city of East Lansing learned the Tenneses only host heterosexual weddings, it banned them from the town’s farmers market. 

Last Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed suit on behalf of the Tennes family. ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco said the city found out about the family’s religious beliefs in August. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Jae C. Hong

The truth test for immigrants

Supreme Court | A refugee who lied asks the Supreme Court for another chance
by Mary Reichard
Posted 5/01/17, 02:45 pm

The Supreme Court’s final oral argument of this term dealt with the Ninth Commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” The Bible is clear about lying, but the government’s rules—as this case shows—are less so.

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Supreme Court again tackles religious employment issues

Religious Liberty | Case questions how faith-based hospitals run their pension plans
by Mary Reichard
Posted 4/10/17, 01:09 pm

A Supreme Court case involving three hospital systems once again brought up the ongoing legal question about just what counts as a church. The court heard arguments in the case at the end of March. The decision could effect millions of workers at religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, and other organizations.

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