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State of Tennessee Settles Lawsuit with Universal Life Church

The Universal Life Church recently won its lawsuit against Tennessee over a law barring its ministers from officiating weddings.

December 19th, 2023

After the Tennessee state legislature passed a law explicitly barring ministers who were ordained online from solemnizing legal marriages in 2019, the Universal Life Church (ULC) immediately filed suit and were successful in obtaining a restraining order blocking the law from taking effect. In August of 2023, the ULC began the trial against the Tennessee Read More


Churches Fight to Leave the United Methodist Church

There is a fierce debate in many religious communities about LGBTQ issues, and the United Methodist Church is certainly no exception.

December 5th, 2023

There is a fierce debate in many religious communities about LGBTQ issues, and the United Methodist Church (UMC) is certainly no exception. Due to the unique legal structure of the UMC, this debate is triggering a serious fracture within the church – one that is causing many individual congregations to leave. The process of leaving Read More


Are the LGBTQ-Inclusive Policies of the Vatican Accepted in the United States?

The Vatican raised eyebrows recently when it announced transgender individuals can be baptized and become godparents.

December 1st, 2023

Catholicism is one of the strictest religions on the planet, and it has a history of excommunicating segments of the population (or entire nations, as the English can attest). There are reportedly 62 million Catholics in the United States and not all of these individuals always see eye-to-eye with the Vatican. A certain degree of controversy is Read More


Farmer Wins Lawsuit Over Religious Discrimination

A farmer in Michigan recently won a lawsuit over religious discrimination after he was banned from a public market.

October 24th, 2023

People in the United States must be careful about retaliating against each other purely on the grounds of religion. Although it might seem like some religious views are “evil” or “wrong,” the Constitution specifically protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Discrimination is also unlawful in many situations, and it is all too easy Read More


Religious Non-Profit Awarded $2.2 Million After Successful Lawsuit

While the constitution protects freedom of speech and religion, can you freely express your religious views at work?

September 8th, 2023

In the United States, religious groups are sued on a regular basis. But sometimes, the tables are turned. Recently, a religious non-profit was awarded a sum of $2.2 million after a successful bid to challenge the Health and Human Services Department. One has to remember that there is always a risk when religious groups choose to sue Read More


Biden Administration Stops Pushing Gender Transition Care Mandate

One of the most contentious issues today is whether religious medical professionals should be forced to provide gender transition care.

July 12th, 2023

The intersection of medical care and religious care has always been somewhat contentious. However, the medical world has a long history of involvement with various religions. The Knights Hospitallers gained fame during the medieval period for building hospitals throughout the known world while also participating in religious and military crusades. Nuns and other religious organizations Read More


Religious Bookstore Files Lawsuit Over Pronoun Usage

A Catholic bookstore is suing over a non-discrimination ordinance it claims will force it into specific pronoun usage it disagrees with.

June 30th, 2023

Pronoun usage is an issue that has only come to the forefront within the last decade in the United States, but it is already proving to be a controversial subject. There are many debates wrapped up in this issue, including those surrounding free speech, religious expression, and more. Although atheist and agnostic people have voiced Read More


Christian Mom Sues Oregon over LGBTQ+ Adoption Approach

An woman in Oregon is suing the state over its LGBTQ+ adoption policy, arguing that it discriminates against her Christian beliefs.

April 26th, 2023

You may be aware that states have varied political ideologies. While the monikers “red” and “blue” often do not tell the full story of these various states, there are sharp dividing lines forming across the United States. One such line involves LGBTQ+ children. Should they be supported and embraced regardless of how they choose to Read More


Christian Adoption Agency Wins $250,000 Settlement

A Christian adoption agency in New York won a lawsuit against the state over its refusal to serve same-sex and unmarried couples.

March 29th, 2023

Across many religions in the United States, adoption is seen as one of the most selfless things you can do. If you have the ability to take on a child who has no parents, it can be an extremely life-altering decision. Both parents and adopted children can gain a sense of togetherness while contributing to Read More


Colorado Baker Refuses to Bake Cake for Transgender Transition Celebration

A Colorado baker is facing a lawsuit again, this time for his refusal to bake a cake for a transgender transition celebration.

March 15th, 2023

One particular baker has once again become intertwined with legal questions about religious rights and the First Amendment. In 2012, a same-sex couple tried to have this baker make them a cake for their upcoming wedding. The baker refused, and ever since then, this individual has been fighting numerous lawsuits against LGBTQ folks who want Read More