Legal Issues

Trump promises to repeal ban on church campaigning in GOP acceptance speech

Trump promises to repeal ban on church campaigning in GOP acceptance speech

Contrary to Trump's representation, the voices of individual church members, or even church employees, have not "been taken away." Instead, they may independently advocate for or against any candidates of their choosing, but they cannot use their houses of worship as vehicles for doing so.

 
 

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

On August 3, 2016, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider a bill that religious groups fear would make it difficult for faith-based colleges and universities to operate in a manner consistent with their beliefs.

 
 

Church sues Iowa for hypothetical gender "law"

Church sues Iowa for hypothetical gender "law"

To put it succinctly, the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ is suing for protection against a threat that does not exist under current law.

 
 

Why a candidate's support for the free exercise clause matters

Why a candidate's support for the free exercise clause matters

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will do more to defend the Free Exercise Clause is an important factor in deciding which candidate to support.

 
 

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

The latest version still faces constitutional hurdles as lawmakers seek to control morals policies of religion-based educational institutions.

 
 

Five legal issues raised by California SB 1146

SB 1146 is currently up for consideration in the California State Assembly Judiciary this Thursday having already passed the Senate by a vote of 26-13 on May 26, 2016. The heading of the bill states, "The Equity in Higher Education Act among other things, prohibits a person from being subjected to discrimination on the basis of specified attributes, including sex, […]

 
 

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a Washington state requirement that all pharmacies must fill contraceptives regardless of the religious objections of the owners.

 
 

California Bill Would Punish Religious Colleges That Discriminate Because of Faith

California Bill Would Punish Religious Colleges That Discriminate Because of Faith

If passed, SB 1146 is unconstitutional because the government is imposing a condition on religious institutions with the intent of pressuring them to compromise their religious beliefs.

 
 

Evaluating Clinton's claim to "reasonable regulation" of Constitutional rights

Evaluating Clinton's claim to "reasonable regulation" of Constitutional rights

Constitutional rights, particularly those in the Bill of Rights are guarantees of personal freedoms and are expressed in terms of the government's limited powers.

 
 

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

On May 12, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Va) and 103 co-sponsors introduced legislation that would prohibit immigration authorities from refusing to admit aliens on the basis of religion or lack of religion.