A state judge in Oregon who was disciplined for, among other things, refusing to perform weddings for same-sex couples won’t have his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Oregon’s Department of Education (ODE) is investigating disturbing reports of potential violations of religious freedom and LGBTQ rights at a public high school. For us at Americans United, the implication that North Bend High School staff may have been using their personal religious beliefs to determine how they treat LGBTQ students is particularly alarming.
Religious Right groups have worked hard to make the owner of the Colorado bakery that turned away Craig and Mullins into a victim of persecution and a hero. He is neither. He’s simply a person who wants to take an entire segment of our population and treat them poorly because of his narrow interpretation of a religious book.
The Oregon Court of Appeals has been asked to decide whether the First Amendment gives businesses the right to discriminate against customers. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday, Americans United explained that the First Amendment does no such thing.
On the same day that the Colorado Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, another bakery returned to court seeking a right to discriminate.
Remember the Oregon bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and then insisted that they could not pay their state-ordered fine despite raising $500,000 via crowdfunding? Well, it looks like they're finally paying out.
Presented with no comment, but an exasperated sigh.
The wheels of justice are moving on one judge who refuses to do his job.
Marriage equality may be the law of the land in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the Religious Right has given up on the matter. In fact, a group led by the head of a government religious liberty council thinks all who oppose the ruling should employ “constitutional resistance” and essentially ignore the U.S. Supreme Court.
It looks like a couple of bakers in Oregon are angling to steal the spotlight from Kim Davis.
The problem with the Kim Davis media circus (in which we have participated, admittedly) is that it encourages other anti-LGBT attention seekers to air their terrible opinions. Tired of taking a back seat on the Davis Train, a pair of old friends are back in the news.
With Donald Trump getting all the attention in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, other candidates are getting increasingly desperate to stay relevant. Enter U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Tea Party darling who is putting in an all-out effort to court evangelical voters.
GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz intends to feature a guest list straight out of the Americans United Hall of Infamy for his "Rally for Religious Liberty" this Friday at the Iowa State Fair.
According to the New Civil Rights Movement, the owner of an Oregon bakery that illegally denied service to a same-sex couple seems to think that anti-discrimination laws mark the end of Western civilization.
Oregon couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer broke their silence on Tuesday about their legal battle with Sweet Cakes by Melissa and its owners Aaron and Melissa Klein. Their lawsuit was less about the cake the company refused to sell them for their wedding, the couple says, than the intense harassment and bullying they received once their complaints and personal information were made public