Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

California judge backs Christian baker’s conscience rights

First Amendment | Forcing business owners to participate in same-sex weddings ‘does violence’ to free speech protections, judge rules
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/13/18, 03:15 pm

A California judge has denied a state agency’s request to punish a baker who declined to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding reception, delivering a rare win for a Christian business owner caught in the culture war crossfire. 

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What’s behind the surge in transgender teens

Sexuality | Experts cite the mass marketing of transgenderism to youth
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/09/18, 02:04 pm

A growing number of teens are identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming, according to a study released this week.

The report, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found nearly 3 percent of Minnesota teens in 2016 said they were “transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, or unsure about [their] gender identity.” The survey looked at data from nearly 81,000 public high school ninth and 11th graders.

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A defining moment for Title VII

Sexuality | Supreme Court passes on a case that would have redefined ‘sex’ to include sexual orientation
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 12/19/17, 12:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal last week to hear a case seeking to expand the definition of “sex” in federal employment law to include sexual orientation only delays the inevitable court battle in the war on words. Similar cases are making their way through the lower courts with mixed results, which will force the high court or Congress to step in eventually.

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