Religion

The week ahead: December 5, 2011

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December 4, 2011

Monday, December 5 – Trial begins in Orozco v. Attorney General of Belize, the challenge to the law criminalizing homosexual conduct in Belize. Tuesday, December 6 – UPDATE: The Fourth Circuit announced that oral argument would be delayed in this case; no new date was set. Oral argument before the Fourth Circuit in Greater Baltimore Center […]

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Keeton counseling case argued in 11th Circuit

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November 30, 2011

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: An attorney for a graduate school counseling student told federal judges in Atlanta on Tuesday that the student's First Amendment rights were violated when professors at a Georgia university sought to punish her for her biblical views on gay rights. Augusta State University put Jennifer Keeton on academic probation for […]

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LGBT cases before 11th Circuit draw majority liberal panel of judges

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November 28, 2011

Judges Rosemary Barkett, Phyllis Kravitch, and William Pryor will decide two lgbt-related cases to be argued this week before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Barkett and Kravitch (who is on senior status) are two of the liberal members of what is usually a conservative circuit; they were appointed by Presidents Clinton and Carter, respectively. Pryor, considered […]

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The week ahead: November 28, 2011

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November 27, 2011

[ADDED] Tuesday, November 29 – Oral argument in the 11th Circuit in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley, in which Jennifer Keeton, a graduate student in counseling at Augusta (GA) State University, is challenging the ruling of a District Court that ASU was justified in requiring her to complete a remediation plan after she refused to counsel gay […]

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Anti-gay lobbyist tries to hide moralism with “pro-business” arguments

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November 25, 2011

Earlier this year, the Tennessee state legislature passed a bill prohibiting local governments from requiring businesses which had contracts with them to agree not to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Its purpose was to torpedo a Nashville city ordinance adopted in April, which it did. The Tennessean has now published the fascinating back […]

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Catholic Bishops ratchet up fight against gay rights, birth control, abortion

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November 15, 2011

True to their word, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new in-house advocacy group devoted to defending that faith's position on a trio of sexuality-related issues: gay rights, birth control and abortion. In a related move, several Catholic dioceses in Illinois announced that they would stop providing adoption services rather than serve […]

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