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Posts tagged ‘religious exemption’

 

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


County Clerk Found to Violate Same-Sex Marriage License Requirement

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

May 31st, 2022

In a recently published order, a United States District Judge in Kentucky held that former County Clerk Kim Davis had violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to two same-sex couples in 2015. The two couples initially filed lawsuits against the worker in 2015. The importance of this decision is that it finally settles the Read More


Kansas Teacher Terminated After Using Inappropriate Gender Pronouns

The Michigan state senate voted to condemn an LGBTQ training session for Michigan educators that it claimed was threatening parental rights.

May 10th, 2022

A school instructor in Kansas was recently suspended after she declined to call a student by their preferred gender pronouns. The instructor argues that calling the student by their preferred gender pronoun would have violated her Christian beliefs. More specifically, the teacher’s federal lawsuit claims that the school district violated her constitutional rights and failed Read More


State Regulation Eliminating Religious Exemptions Upheld by Court

A federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed against a new Connecticut law that bans religious exemptions for school vaccine requirements.

March 16th, 2022

A court recently ruled in favor of a state regulation that removes religious exemptions for students of both private and public schools when it comes to state vaccine requirements involving communicable diseases like COVID-19. The New Regulation on Religious Exemptions The new regulation requires immunizations for all children before school enrollment. Before 2021, students could Read More


Student Challenges San Diego COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Over Religious Rights

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

December 17th, 2021

A 16-year old high school student in San Diego recently initiated legal action in federal court against the San Diego Unified School District. The student asserts that a vaccine mandate requiring qualified students to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the end of December 2021 constitutes religious discrimination.  San Diego’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate The San Read More


Florist Who Refused Same-Sex Service Drops Supreme Court Case

A woman is challenging an anti-discrimination law that would require her to provide a creative service for a same-sex wedding, thereby violating her beliefs.

December 3rd, 2021

A Washington state florist with objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court. A Washington state florist who declined to arrange a couple because the florist had religious objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court. Rather than pursue the case in a Read More


Federal Court Issues Decision on Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge ruled against a Biden Administration vaccine policy for military members after Navy Seals claimed religious exemptions.

November 12th, 2021

A federal appellate court recently issued a decision in favor of Western Michigan University athletes. This decision means the athletes will be able to play sports without obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine. The University had issued a vaccine mandate for student athletes, but did not mandate them for all students. How the Lawsuit Arose The original Read More


Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Challenge Against New York COVID-19 Restrictions

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

December 18th, 2020

The United States Supreme Court recently overruled COVID-19 restrictions established by New York legislators that were designed to combat the coronavirus, finding the restrictions to be unconstitutional. The 5-to-4 vote was the first to address COVID-19 restrictions after the loss of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this fall and the installment of the new 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


“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