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Idaho Passes 2 Anti-Trans Bills during Coronavirus Pandemic

The Idaho Governor recently signed two anti-trans bills into law, becoming the first state this year to take aim at the transgender community.

April 24th, 2020

The Governor of Idaho recently signed not one but two anti-trans bills into law during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the bills seeks to prohibit gender changes on birth certificates, while the other seeks to halt transgender student athletes from playing sports. The Anti-Trans Bills at Hand While most states in the Read More


Alabama Considers Revising Yoga Ban

Since 1993, the state of Alabama has maintained a yoga ban in public schools, arguing it is a "Hindu philosophy" and a "method of religious training."

April 17th, 2020

For more than a quarter-century, the state of Alabama banned yoga as a “Hindu philosophy” and a “method of religious training.” Lawmakers in Alabama, however, are looking to change this approach. This article reviews the yoga ban in the state of Alabama as well as the proposed changes The Yoga Ban in Alabama In 1993, Read More


Florida Legislators Debate Proposal to Allow Pre-Game Prayers at Athletic Events

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

April 14th, 2020

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a regulation that would permit pre-game prayers before sports games. This bill is motivated in part by a recent lawsuit between a Christian school and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). The proposed regulation would require the FHSAA to provide schools with 30 seconds for opening remarks over Read More


Four Colorado Legislators Introduce Anti-LGBTQ Law

Despite all the significant advancements for gay rights, four Colorado lawmakers recently introduced an anti-LGBTQ law to prohibit same-sex marriage.

March 20th, 2020

The country’s treatment of LGBTQ individuals has changed substantially over the last decade. Among other developments, the United States Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that same-sex marriage must be recognized nationwide. Despite such advancements, four Colorado lawmakers recently introduced a bill to prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The anti-LGBTQ law also would have prohibited Read More


Virginia Passes First Statewide LGBTQ Protection Bill in the South

Once signed, the LGBTQ protection bill will update Virginia’s nondiscrimination laws and provide additional protection for LGBTQ individuals, among others.

March 5th, 2020

The Virginia Values Act was recently passed by both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly, and democratic Governor Ralph Northam has said he will sign it into law. The bill will update Virginia’s nondiscrimination laws and provide additional protection for LGBTQ individuals in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. Once signed, Virginia will Read More


Ohio Passes Student Religious Liberties Act

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

December 6th, 2019

A current rumor persists that the Ohio legislature is considering a bill that will allow students to give wrong answers due to their religious beliefs. In reality, on November 13, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 164, the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019,” which prompted numerous headlines that described the Read More


Michigan AG Files Motion to Stay Decision on Same-Sex Adoptions

A federal judge previously issued a preliminary injunction that allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse same-sex adoptions.

November 8th, 2019

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel recently filed an emergency motion in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan to stay the preliminary injunction permitting adoption agencies to refuse adoptions to same-sex couples while the state pursues an appeal. This action comes after a federal judge previously halted Michigan’s same-sex adoptions rules Read More


Minnesota Circuit Court Allows “Christian Beliefs” Case to Advance

A Christian wedding photographer initiated legal action against the City of Louisville over an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance.

October 15th, 2019

A federal appeals court in Minnesota recently revived a lawsuit initiated by a Minnesota couple that challenges a Minnesota state law requiring equal protection of the law for LGBT people in regards to services rendered. This law meant the couple might have to film same-sex weddings since they own a video production company. As a Read More


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Landmark Religious Funding Case

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

October 11th, 2019

In the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to underwrite religious education with taxpayer funding. Although courts have previously allowed the government to adopt school-voucher programs that provide indirect government funding to religious Read More


Utah Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Parents’ Right to Surrogacy

A federal judge previously issued a preliminary injunction that allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse same-sex adoptions.

September 10th, 2019

Oral arguments in the case of In Re Gestational Agreement occurred before the Utah Supreme Court in 2017. While this was two years ago, the Utah Supreme Court only recently issued an opinion in this case. Even though the resulting opinion is 75 pages, the decision has the potential to greatly impact the lives of Read More