The wedding question

Religious Liberty | Christian florist appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court—again
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/11/19, 05:09 pm

Almost exactly a year after it ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to clarify its stance on creative professionals who cannot in good conscience because of their religious convictions participate in same-sex weddings. The Supreme Court of Washington state ruled against Richland, Wash., florist Barronelle Stutzman for a second time last week, and her lawyers said they plan to appeal.

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Autocrats line up to support Sudanese military

International | Regional Arab powers are fighting against democracy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/11/19, 02:35 pm

While the Sudanese military continues to grapple for power by violently cracking down on protesters, some regional Arab powers are working to prop up authoritarian rule in the country and quash a possible repeat of the Arab Spring uprising that began in January 2011.

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Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/11/19, 10:08 am

The Botswana High Court on Tuesday ruled the nation’s ban on same-sex relations was unconstitutional. The court’s three judges unanimously agreed to scrap the 1965 law, which had carried a seven-year prison sentence. They wrote that sexual orientation is not a “fashion statement” and that diversity and tolerance are hallmarks of a democratic society. “Any criminalization of love or finding fulfillment in love dilutes compassion and tolerance,” the judges said.

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