Religious Liberty
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Federal judge blocks contraceptive mandate exemption

by Leigh Jones
Posted 12/15/17, 04:44 pm

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule giving more employers an exemption to Obamacare’s contraception and abortifacient mandate. The rule, issued in October, allowed more employers to claim a religious objection to paying for the drugs. California, Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia all sued to block the rule from taking effect. U.S.

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All eyes on Kennedy

Religious Liberty | A Christian cake baker had a good day in court
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/05/17, 04:24 pm

WASHINGTON—After the arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday was teeming with interested parties from both sides of the case. On one side of the court steps stood Christian cake baker Jack Phillips and Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, whose business Arlene’s Flowers has a case pending at the Supreme Court similar to Phillips’ case.

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Supreme Court hears Christian baker’s case

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/05/17, 10:42 am

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Tuesday morning in a landmark case that will determine the extent of religious liberty for business owners asked to participate in same-sex weddings. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission began in July 2012, when Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig went to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., to buy a wedding cake for their same-sex ceremony.

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