Religious Liberty
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The Supreme Court issued a strong rebuke to state-sponsored religious discrimination on Monday, ruling 7-2 in favor of a Missouri church challenging its exclusion from a playground resurfacing grant program. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., sued the state after officials said it could not get subsidized tire scraps for its Learning Center daycare playground because such a grant would violate a state provision forbidding taxpayer money going to support churches.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear Christian baker’s case

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/26/17, 10:17 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major religious liberty case that will determine whether Christian wedding service providers must work with same-sex couples. Denver-area bakery owner Jack Philips is appealing his conviction for “discriminating” against a gay couple when he declined to make their wedding cake in 2012. After the couple complained, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Philips to create cakes for same-sex weddings, reeducate his staff on discrimination policy, and file quarterly “compliance” reports for two years.

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Federal court OKs Mississippi religious liberty law

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/22/17, 03:24 pm

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave Mississippi the green light on Thursday to begin enforcing broad protections for religious liberty adopted by the legislature last year. The law allows county clerks to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and protects business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex weddings. The plaintiffs, who claim the measure legalizes discrimination, plan to appeal the decision.

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