President Obama threatens to veto defense budget bill if language permitting discrimination on basis of religion or sexual orientation remains.
Yesterday the California Assembly passed SB 1146 (48 to 28 with 7 abstaining), sending the amended higher education anti-discrimination bill back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to take place before August 31.
The California legislature updated SB 1146 yesterday to focus on Title IX-exempt institutions. SB 1146 now includes disclosure and reporting requirements.
The California Assembly will likely vote on a controversial bill designed to pressure religious colleges and universities to abandon faith-based sexual behavior policies by the end of the month.
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.
The latest version still faces constitutional hurdles as lawmakers seek to control morals policies of religion-based educational institutions.
Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) have introduced HR 5272 to limit the scope of the Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) of 1993.
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.
The California legislature is considering two bills that would make it difficult for religious colleges and universities to discriminate on the basis of gender identity.
Doctor to U.S. Senate – "The only time I experienced any qualms about what I was doing was when I had my neonatal care rotation and I realized that I was trying to save babies in the NICU that were the same age as babies I was aborting, but I rationalized it, and was able to push the feelings to the back of my mind."