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Archive for the ‘Federal Law’ Category.

 

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Inmate in Death Row Case

SCOTUS ruled in favor of permitting ministers to “pray over” and physically touch inmates on death row during lethal injection.

June 3rd, 2022

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of permitting ministers to both “pray over” as well as physically touch inmates on death row during the process when lethal injection is received. The Court has increasingly dismissed stay requests from prisoners who are facing execution, so this new ruling is a significant development. Texas Read More


ACLU Initiates Legal Action Over Rejection of Site Plan for Mosque

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Horn Lake, Mississippi, after it rejected a proposed mosque.

November 30th, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union recently launched a federal lawsuit against the City of Horn Lake, Mississippi, after it rejected a proposed mosque. The lawsuit claims that the city and board of aldermen of Horn lake discriminated against two Muslim individuals by denying approval of a site plan for a mosque that the men had Read More


Supreme Court Extends Title VII Protection to LGBTQ Workers

The Civil Rights Act encompasses discrimination against LGBTQ workers, the Supreme Court has held.

December 4th, 2020

In a recent landmark decision earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court held that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ workers from on-the-job discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The decision was the result of a 6-3 majority that saw Justices Gorsuch and Roberts, who are traditionally viewed Read More


Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptive Coverage Could Influence LGBTQ Employment Issues

Trump's new regulations were directed primarily toward contraceptive coverage, but they also have implications for LGBTQ individuals in the country.

June 4th, 2020

Last month, the United States Supreme Court heard several important cases regarding contraceptive coverage guaranteed under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In 2017, the Trump Administration argued for the right to expand a previous exemption to the contraceptive mandate from entities with a religious objection, such as churches, to any entity with a moral objection. Read More


US Supreme Court Hears Two Critical Religious Rights Cases

LifeWise Academy requested that Hilliard City Schools in Ohio let students choose to receive religious programming at off-site locations.

May 27th, 2020

Two recent cases (Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel) heard by the United States Supreme Court have dealt with the role of religious rights in this country. Both of these cases question if two Catholic school instructors qualify as “ministers,” and whether employment discrimination laws are therefore applicable. Read More


Stimulus Package Includes Religious Organizations

The Supreme Court recently found New York's COVID-19 restrictions to be an unconstitutional infringement on religious freedom.

May 1st, 2020

In a noteworthy situation that goes up against the Constitution’s ban on any “law respecting an establishment of religion,” the federal government will provide financial support to churches in the United States to aid in paying pastor salaries and utility bills. The new aid was approved as part of the gigantic, $2 trillion stimulus package Read More


Student Expelled Over Same-Sex Marriage Sues Seminary

A Judge recently held that former County Clerk Kim Davis violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

February 19th, 2020

A student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California recently joined a lawsuit against the school alleging that the seminary is violating federal law by terminating students due to their same-sex marriages. This case acts as an example of the obstacles that many LGBTQ students face in educational settings despite what some view as a Read More


“Fairness for All Act” Introduced in Congress

Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the same 14th amendment protections cited in Roe, LGBTQ+ individuals are worried.

December 13th, 2019

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart recently introduced the Fairness for All Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which aims to be a compromise bill to both protect LGBTQ people and religious freedom. This appears to be the first time that a so-called LGBTQ civil rights bill has been introduced by a conservative lawmaker, and it Read More


High School Students Sue School District over Forced Christian Prayer

In a religious rights case coming before the Supreme Court, the conservative majority will most likely further entrench government support of religion.

December 4th, 2019

Four atheist public school students in Tennessee recently initiated a lawsuit against their school district for violating the separation of church and state. According to the students, school officials have been promoting Christian religious activities in their public schools, including prayers, Bible distributions, posters and other activities. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit was Read More


Teacher Suspended for Religious Discussion with Students

A teacher in Kansas was recently suspended after she declined to call a student by their preferred first name and gender pronouns.

November 22nd, 2019

A high school teacher in North Carolina was recently suspended for splitting students up based on religious beliefs. School officials are currently investigating whether the Spanish teacher engaged in conversations with students about whether or not they believed in God. Officials became aware of the teacher’s behavior after students and their parents reported the incident Read More