Religion

Conservatives launch “religious liberty” state lobbying network

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October 21, 2012
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The Center for Ethics and Public Policy has announced a new project that will establish bipartisan “religious liberty” legislative caucuses in every state by the end of 2013, with the mission of blocking access to contraceptives, abortion and same-sex marriage. The campaign is starting with Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. […]

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European Court of Human Rights orders damages for gay prisoner

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October 16, 2012
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If we had to pick  the world’s most active legal forum for LGBT rights, it would be the European Court of Human Rights. Following is a summary of a decision from last week, plus three other cases in the pipeline. The Court has also published an excellent summary of its decided and pending sexual orientation-related […]

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Gay getaways: The bed & breakfast cases

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July 30, 2012
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Apparently the very act of sleeping while gay is offensive. This year we’ve seen three discrimination cases involving bed and breakfast establishments, each in a different country: the UK, Canada, and the US. In February an English court of appeals upheld a gay couple’s victory against the owners of Chymorvah House in Cornwall. In Bull & […]

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Marry, and in any state church you want, Danish Parliament says

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June 8, 2012
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Denmark has reasserted its leadership in LGBT rights this week. Lesbian and gay couples in Denmark now have full marriage rights, including the right conduct marriage ceremonies in the Evangelical Lutheran church (i.e. the Church of Denmark) of their choice. The legislation, though strongly opposed by some church leaders and the far-right Danish People’s Party, passed […]

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Supreme Court upholds ministerial exception to anti-discrimination laws

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January 11, 2012

In a unanimous but cabined decision, the Supreme Court today in Hosanna Tabor Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC upheld what is known as the "ministerial exception" to laws against employment discrimination. The case involved a teacher in a religious school, the bulk of whose time was spent in secular instruction. The Court identified several factors for […]

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Thoughts on gay and Muslim in Indonesia

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December 12, 2011

The following column by Abdul Rohman (photo), a lecturer in Communication Studies at Indonesian Islamic University and a Kerr Fellow in the Public Administration program at Florida State University, which appeared in the Jakarta Post, provides an example of the kind of discourse being triggered by the Clinton speech in Geneva:  Insisting that same-sex relations […]

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