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Archive for the ‘Marriage Legislation’ Category.

 

New Tennessee Law Challenges Same-Sex Unions

Tennessee recently debated a measure that would have challenged same-sex unions in the state by creating heterosexual-only marriage.

June 7th, 2022

The Tennessee legislature recently debated a measure that would have established a new type of marriage reserved for heterosexual couples in the state of Tennessee, thereby challenging same-sex unions in the state. Some people claimed that this new measure would have resulted in financial uncertainty for families while also erasing same-sex marriage and letting older Read More


Virginia Legislators Block Effort to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition

A Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have removed the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.

May 24th, 2022

A Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have given voters in the state the chance to update the constitution. The legislation in question would have potentially removed a now defunct same-sex marriage prohibition in the Virginia state constitution.  The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition in the State Constitution In 2006, Virginia passed the Marshall-Newman Read More


U.S. Supreme Court to Dive Deeper Into Church and State Laws

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

January 29th, 2020

The Supreme Court recently announced that it will examine the laws related to the required separation between church and state when the court examines two Catholic school teacher terminations in 2020. This lawsuit involves the combined cases of two California Catholic school teachers who claim they were victims of job discrimination following their termination. How Read More


Potential Upcoming Changes to LGBTQ Law

LGBTQ individual at a gay pride parade

February 8th, 2017

  As Inauguration Day has come and gone, the legislature of the United States has switched presidents and political parties, meaning LGBTQ law is likely to change. Proposed changes in legislation under this new administration will affect individuals of a variety of sexes, races, religions, and ethnicities. Individuals who are interested in LGBTQ rights should Read More


The First Amendment Defense Act: Another Tool for Bigotry?

Wedding cake at a marriage ceremony

October 30th, 2016

  Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Obergefell v. Hodges, individuals in every single state are allowed to marry one another regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This ruling impacted not only a couple’s ability to hold themselves out as legally married in the name of love, but also enables a couple to Read More


States Pass Seemingly Anti-LGBT Legislation in Response to U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Gay Marriage

LGBT rainbow flag

June 20th, 2016

  Mississippi recently became the third state this year to sign a bill against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. The bill, set to take effect on July 1, 2016, allows businesses with religious objections to refuse their services to gay couples. This anti-LGBT legislation is potentially far-reaching in terms of discrimination, and allows Read More


Religion in American History: Civil Rights and Same Sex Marriage

Wedding rings

June 1st, 2016

When the country was first founded after the rebellion of 13 colonies, many argue that the sentiment of the colonies was typically that each newly formed state should be able to control its own destiny while benefiting from the strength gained from a central federal government. The fight for “states’ rights” versus federal oversight has Read More


Free Speech and Gay Marriage

LGBT rainbow flag

October 14th, 2015

Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision came down in favor of gay marriage (which can now be included fully in the more traditional word ‘marriage’), the news has been full of stories of individuals practicing their religion in very public ways.  While attaching justification phrases similar to “protecting religion,” “exercising a right,” or “defending against Read More


Implications of Doubt: the High Court’s Struggle with Gay Marriage

gay marriage

August 13th, 2015

Wherever a person’s political affiliations, viewpoints, or opinions may fall, there is likely one overarching factor on which he or she can agree with someone holding an opposing viewpoint.  That bridge over what may seem to be a chasm in between two people can be summed up by one word: consistency.  The American people have Read More


Religious Exemption: When Faith and Laws Collide

The ULC is protected under the Establishment Clause

April 14th, 2015

The American Constitution guarantees that those who are subject to the laws of the United States have the freedom to practice, or not to practice, any religion as part of their first amendment rights.  The first amendment also carries with it the prohibition on Congress promoting or establishing one religion over others or restricting an Read More