Liberties
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Forced hospitality

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court rejects appeal from Catholic bed-and-breakfast owner
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/26/19, 04:22 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied a Catholic bed-and-breakfast owner’s plea for due process following a lower court’s ruling that her private home in Hawaii is actually a public hotel.

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Equal access to serve

Religious Liberty | The U.S. Department of Education drops its ban on religious contractors
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/19/19, 04:29 pm

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week it will stop enforcing a ban on working with religious contractors to provide services to at-risk private school students. In an official notice to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos explained that under the Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling in Trinity Lutheran vs. Comer, the ban was a form of religious discrimination.

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After Masterpiece Cakeshop

Religious Liberty | A Colorado baker’s legal wins are having a ripple effect in other cases
by Steve West
Posted 3/12/19, 05:07 pm

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office last week announced the end of a six-year legal battle to force bakery owner Jack Phillips to design cakes that violate his religious convictions. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission voted unanimously to dismiss an administrative action against Phillips and his Lakewood, Colo., bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, for refusing to make a custom cake for a gender transition celebration.

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