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Proposed bill lets Florida churches say no to gay marriage

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Republican Rep. Scott Plakon said his bill simply gives churches an added layer of protection.
Dozens of pastors attended the meeting, most in support of the bill. ...

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Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others

Monday, September 28, 2015
President Barack Obama greets members of the crowd after speaking at a Democratic National Committee LGBT fundraising gala, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, held at Gotham Hall in New York.
It's important, he said, to recognize that some parts of the country remain uncomfortable with same-sex marriage and that it will take time for them to catch up. ...

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Pope Francis: ‘Keep fighting for religious liberty’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pope Francis turns toward President Barack Obama during his welcoming remarks at the state arrival ceremony in his honor on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
It's a message that's sure to be welcomed by conservatives calling for conscience exemptions on gay marriage. ...

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Christian conservatives rally for ‘religious awakening’

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Members of the crowd cheer during a Christian conservatives rally outside the Tennessee Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Nashville. The event featured Joe Davis, the husband of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, and Rafael Cruz, the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate.
Hundreds of people cheered the husband of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during a rally of Christian conservatives Thursday outside the Tennessee Capitol. ...

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Kim Davis case divides ‘religious freedom’ advocates

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis cries out after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars.
She's become a hero to many conservative Christians, but some equally conservative advocates think she will ultimately hurt their cause. ...

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Five percent of North Carolina magistrates file marriage recusals

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Senator Phil Berger
Sen. Phil Berger says the law that is causing magistrates to recuse themselves will probably prevent situations like the one in Kentucky. ...

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Progressives ‘Twitter challenge’ Christian Right over what #ReligiousFreedomIs

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Some organizational supporters of marriage equality took to social media in the wake of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges.  The occasion was a “Tweet Storm,” held for an hour on Monday, June 29, to celebrate the ...

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Arkansas GOP working on new anti-gay marriage religious protections

Thursday, July 2, 2015
As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Kansas governor pondering same-sex marriage ‘religious objections’ legislation

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling. ...

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Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead. ...

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