Free Exercise

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Attorneys for a Washington florist who refused to make a flower arrangement a same-sex wedding filed a supplemental brief in the wake of Monday's Masterpiece Cakeshop decision which left the question of balance between free exercise of religion and non-discrimination statutes unanswered. 

 
 

Breaking: Court issues 7-2 decision in cake case finding bias in tribunal decision

Breaking: Court issues 7-2 decision in cake case finding bias in tribunal decision

The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling this morning in favor of the baker in tbe same-sex wedding cake case. The Court's ruling is narrow but essentially says that the arguments of both sides needed to be treated with respect and neutrality and that the Colorado commission had failed treat Phillips' beliefs with respect. This decision affirms Obergefell but sends […]

 
 

Trump administration forms office to protect doctors' religious beliefs

Trump administration forms office to protect doctors' religious beliefs

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced the creation of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in their Office for Civil Rights. The division aims to address concerns over sensitive subjects such as birth control, abortions, and treatment of the LGBTQ community. In addition to providing a center for complaints regarding religious discrimination, the division is pushing for the approval of a motion that seeks to protect medical personnel who refuse to perform treatments that violate their personal beliefs. The move has caused concern from human rights groups, who believe this office could be used to discriminate.

 
 

PA Court flushes Amish free exercise claim after 8-year sewer battle

PA Court flushes Amish free exercise claim after 8-year sewer battle

An eight-year conflict has left a Pennsylvania family struggling to practice their faith against a sewage ordinance in Sugar Grove Township, Pennsylvania. Joseph and Barbara Yoder, an Old Order Amish family, have been ordered by local courts to install an electric pump in their outhouse, an action that directly contradicts their religious beliefs.