Legal Issues

Indiana court rules Christian groups lack standing to challenge state RFRA

An Indiana state trial court judge has ruled that the conservative family advocacy groups lack standing to challenge gender identity and sexual orientation exclusions in Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 
 

Lemuel V. Sapian releases new book on America's religious freedom divide

Lemuel V. Sapian releases new book on America's religious freedom divide

Very few things can be as divisive as religion. In free America, we are guaranteed freedom of religion. This has kept the United States a mighty nation, with its strength being derived from unity in diversity. However, many Christians believe America is a Christian Nation and should be upheld as such by civil laws. The public divide over this political issue is seen in the separation of people into diverse groups,

 
 

Supreme Court to decide whether RFRA permits monetary damages against federal employees

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The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) permits lawsuits seeking money damages against individual federal employees.

 
 

Ryan Snow's new book explores how Congress passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and why it matters

Ryan Snow's new book explores how Congress passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and why it matters

Attorney Ryan Snow has released a new book that is designed to bring non-lawyers up to date on the most important religious liberty debate facing America. Religious Freedom: What's All the Freedom About recounts the history behind religious freedom laws, and includes an history of how Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, in 1993 – a feat hardly imaginable today.  

 
 

Federal Court: Trump's "Conscience Act" exceeds authority but does not violate the Establishment Clause

Federal Court: Trump's "Conscience Act" exceeds authority but does not violate the Establishment Clause

In a 147-page ruling issued today, New York Federal Judge Paul Engelmayer found that the Trump administration's "conscience act" exceeded the president's authority but did not violate the Establishment Clause. Given its procedural defects, the rule was invalidated in its entirety. 

 
 

Kentucky Court: Hands On Originals case dismissed – LGBTQ+ rights organization lacks standing

Kentucky Court: Hands On Originals case dismissed – LGBTQ+ rights organization lacks standing

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that an organization that sued Hands On Originals ("Hands On"), a t-shirt print company, for discrimination lacked standing as an "individual" to pursue the claim.

 
 

Analysis: Could churches lose their tax-exempt status if they refuse to recognize same-sex marriage?

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Earlier this month, presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke stated that he would support removing the tax-exempt status of organizations and institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. Specifically, O'Rourke said, "There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution or organization in America that denies the full human rights, and the full civil rights of everyone in America."

 
 

Primer on U.S. Abortion Law: Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to Louisiana abortion restriction

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear argument in a case involving a Louisiana regulation on abortion doctors. It is similar to a Texas case decided in 2016.

 
 

California Court: Transgender person can sue Catholic hospital for discrimination for initially denying transition surgery

California Court: Transgender person can sue Catholic hospital for discrimination for initially denying transition surgery

A California Court of Appeals has ruled that a religious hospital can be liable for discrimination if it refuses to provide medical services for religious reasons without immediately providing a referral to a hospital that will accommodate the patient.  

 
 

Opinion: Atheists' board invocations help religious freedom

Commissioners on the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners were no doubt stunned when, on July 8, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously declared (Williamson v. Brevard County) that the commissioners' practice of automatically denying atheists the opportunity to offer solemnizing invocations/reflections at the board's meetings was "discriminatory," "unconstitutional" and "must be rejected."