Religious Liberty
Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian photographer wins court battle

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/14/20, 05:14 pm

Chelsey Nelson challenged a Louisville, Ky., law that would have forced her to compromise her religious beliefs and photograph a same-sex wedding. Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the Christian photographer, announced on Friday that a federal court temporarily blocked the city from enforcing its law against Nelson. “The city has no right to eliminate the editorial control she has over her own photographs and blogs,” ADF senior counsel Jonathan Scruggs said.

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Religious schools finding favor with the courts

Religious Liberty | A recent Supreme Court ruling about school choice pays off
by Steve West
Posted 8/06/20, 04:02 pm

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has breathed new life into school choice.

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court ordered the state of Vermont to allow students in religious schools to participate in a program that lets high school students earn college credits at the state’s expense. Juniors and seniors can enroll in two college classes for free—unless they go to a private religious school. A group of students and parents at Rice Memorial High School, run by the Catholic Diocese of Burlington, lost a lawsuit against the state in federal court last month and appealed.

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After Bostock

Courts | Is the Supreme Court’s expansion of the Civil Rights Act a liberties setback or a liberties apocalypse?
by Steve West
Posted 6/19/20, 02:50 pm

Like some other pastors, David Howell is wrestling with the impact of Monday’s Supreme Court decision extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender persons. Howell, executive pastor of the multicampus Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh, N.C., said that while his church supports fair treatment of all people in the workplace, he has concerns about “the right of churches to maintain a staff that aligns with moral and spiritual convictions.”

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