Legal Issues

A Concept in Common: Are Sunday Blue Laws Making a Comeback?

A Concept in Common: Are Sunday Blue Laws Making a Comeback?

While actual blue laws that specifically prohibit things like Sunday hunting may be disappearing from the books, there is an undeniable movement afoot to reintroduce the concept of a common day of rest in ways that appeal to people across the political divide.

 
 

Explainer: Supreme Court’s OSHA and HHS Vaccine Mandate Decisions

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Both the OSHA and HHS vaccine mandates provided for religious accommodation which would be enforced through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Without a Federal OSHA requirement, RFRA may only apply to HHS cases.

 
 

Court refuses to block Maine mandate that allows medical but not religious exemptions

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The United States Supreme Court refused to issue a preliminary injunction to temporarily block a Maine rule requiring certain healthcare workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine or lose their jobs or medical practices, allowing for medical but not religious exemptions.

 
 

Court to consider tax funding of religious schools, pre-viability abortion ban, and clergy activity at executions

Court to consider tax funding of religious schools, pre-viability abortion ban, and clergy activity at executions

This term, the Supreme Court will be revisiting the issue of whether states must fund religious schools, whether clergy members can say prayers during executions of inmates, and whether a state can ban abortion before viability. The following is a brief summary and analysis of the cases. 

 
 

High Court hands Catholic Social Services narrowly drafted victory

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The Supreme Court finds for a Catholic foster care service while sidestepping a larger free exercise of religion issue.

 
 

California agrees to stop enforcing restrictions on churches and to pay church attorney fees

California agrees to stop enforcing restrictions on churches and to pay church attorney fees

After a year of litigation, the state of California is ordered to back down and pay the attorney fees of a church that had to defend its civil right to meet.

 
 

California lifts location and attendance limits on churches following Supreme Court ruling

California lifts location and attendance limits on churches following Supreme Court ruling

Following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, California has lifted restrictions on the number of attendees and location of religious services.

 
 

US Supreme Court overturns California restrictions on in-home Bible studies

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In a decision released Friday night, April 9, 2021, the United States Supreme Court has blocked California’s COVID-19 restrictions on in-home religious gatherings.  

 
 

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Workplace Religious Accommodation Cases

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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not be hearing two major workplace religious accommodation cases.

 
 

LGBTQ+ Students Sue to Eliminate Title IX Religious Exemption

LGBTQ+ Students Sue to Eliminate Title IX Religious Exemption

A group of current and former LGBTQ+ students have sued the U.S. Department of Education to either force their colleges, universities, and seminaries to change their policies or to stop providing federal financial assistance.