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Religious freedom: Our conflict with a deeply held belief in equality

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kirk Taylor (left) with his son Graeme.
My gay son now finds himself orphaned by his home state of Michigan, whose government is poised to pass legislation allowing others to discriminate against him based on their religious beliefs. [...]

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Kansas lawmakers hope to revive anti‑gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
A number of Kansas state lawmakers are hoping to revive a religious freedom bill to would allow public and private employees to refuse to serve same-sex couples. [...]

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The Christian Right does not want you to know about this day…

Sunday, December 7, 2014
A statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
In the heat of our political moment, we sometimes don't see how our future connects deeply to our past. But the Christian Right does — and they do not like what they see. [...]

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Michigan House approves ‘license to discriminate’ religious freedom bill

Thursday, December 4, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- A bill that supporters say would protect people's right to exercise their religious beliefs free from government overreach has won approval from the Michigan House. The Republican-led House voted 59-50 along party lines Thursday to move the legislation to the Senate, just hours after it was approved [...]

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Texas lawmaker introduces bill to allow ‘religious’ discrimination against gays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Donna Campbell
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas state lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at making it legal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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The Christian Right’s version of religious liberty is equality you can’t access

Sunday, November 9, 2014
The Christian Right’s fight against LGBTQ rights is different from their fight against abortion in many ways — but there are also striking similarities. The Christian Right is already seeking to redefine religious liberty as a way of allowing LGBTQ rights to remain intact, but to obstruct — and sometimes [...]

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At religious liberty conference, pastors told to hold the line on gay relationships

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
SBC conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others - gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful - were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? [...]

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Christian right undermines marriage equality with religious supremacism

Sunday, October 26, 2014
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That vision of history’s progression has been well illustrated by the past year’s landslide of advances for marriage equality.  And as we move closer to a more just society, [...]

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ACLU: Idaho chapel a religious corp., falls under religious exemption

Friday, October 24, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
BOISE, Idaho -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says it will not challenge a northern Idaho wedding chapel's refusal to conduct same-sex marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. Interim Executive Director Leo Morales said in a news conference Thursday that the Hitching Post became a [...]

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Arizona lawmakers consider response to fall of same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.
PHOENIX -- The end of Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage has legislators staking out a range of positions on what they should and shouldn't do in response. The gay rights issue caused turmoil at the Capitol last spring when lawmakers passed a religious-rights bill allowing businesses to deny service to [...]

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