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The Supreme Court is Taking a Postal Worker’s Religious Discrimination Seriously

Over the past few months, an average USPS worker has been in and out of the news and the courts due to religious discrimination.

September 15th, 2023

Over the past few months, an average USPS worker has been in and out of the news – and the courts. Although his refusal to work on Sundays might seem like a trivial matter, it has gained the attention of the Supreme Court insofar as it involves religious discrimination. Furthermore, it could affect the way Read More


Who Can Legally Officiate a Wedding in the United States?

It is possible to get ordained online through the Universal Life Church in a matter of minutes, allowing you to legally officiate a wedding.

May 17th, 2023

The United States is now a multicultural country filled with people who identify with all kinds of religions. You might argue that it has always been this way, as even the early Christian settlers came from a range of denominations. One of the most important processes in any religion is marriage, and each religion has 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


What is Title IX? Is it Putting Religious Schools in Peril?

Title IX is in the news after LGBTQ students failed to convince a judge that the law protects them from discrimination at religious colleges.

January 20th, 2023

The history of education and religion in the United States are heavily intertwined, and religious schools have always fought for the ability to teach their own religious doctrines free from governmental interference, including most recently, the role of Title IX. The first schools in the nation were Christian, and they were established by groups such Read More


Refusing the Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate Due to Religious Reasons: Was Anyone Successful?

How did religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate hold up in court nearly two years after the vaccination rollout?

January 13th, 2023

When the vaccine mandates first rolled out, you may have heard vague rumors about religious exemptions. This always seemed like a distant possibility for most, and the general assumption was that if you petitioned to escape the vaccination mandate due to your religious beliefs, you would be denied. This is certainly what many people experienced, Read More


Allegheny County, PA 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.

July 27th, 2022

The Universal Life Church is pleased to announce the positive resolution of another recent court case in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In 2021, the Universal Life Church (ULC) filed a federal lawsuit against Allegheny County, PA, after learning that the county had repeatedly denied its ministers the right to solemnize marriages by refusing to recognize the Read More


Clark County Settles Lawsuit With Universal Life Church

The Clark County lawsuit was recently settled in the Universal Life Church's favor, so now ULC ministers can operate fully in the area.

June 30th, 2022

This past February, Clark County, Nevada finally agreed to settle a lawsuit that the Universal Life Church brought against it back in 2016 over discriminatory treatment of its ministers in the area. As Universal Life Church (ULC) ministers in the area were likely aware, Clark County and County Clerk Lynn Goya instituted a series of Read More


Texas Judge Forced to Remove Rainbow Flag from Courtroom

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

May 6th, 2020

Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, an openly gay San Antonio-based judge, was recently forced to remove the rainbow flag and other rainbow materials from her courtroom after defense attorney Flavio Hernandez filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. According to the attorney, the rainbow flag is no different from a swastika or Confederate Read More


Sikh Sheriff’s Deputy Remembered As Advocate for Religious Freedom

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

November 15th, 2019

Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas history, and at his memorial service last month he generated much praise for not only his service on the force but his advancement of religious freedom. Indeed, Dhaliwal was one of the first law enforcement officers in the country, and the first in Read More


Tips on Asking a Friend To Officiate Your Wedding

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

April 30th, 2019

Are you looking for a unique way to personalize your wedding ceremony? If you and your partner are searching for something truly special, consider asking a close friend or family member to officiate your wedding. Having a friend join your lives together in matrimony can really add a memorable quality to what will already be Read More