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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 religious corporation...

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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 gays and lesbians. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.

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Next fight for gay marriage advocates: religious exemptions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, Ryan Ebersole, of Mesa, and Rev. Stephen Govett, of Glendale, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the state Capitol.
Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures - seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.

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Real Religious Liberty is not Oppression

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
Religious liberty is one of the defining issues of our time — offering distinct challenges and historic opportunities for LGBTQ people and everyone who is struggling to create a more just society. As the Christian Right continues to use the term to frame their issues, we must not concede the definition of religious liberty to interlopers. Religious liberty is a progressive and liberatory value, over which theocratic factions, and the politicians who pander to them, have no claim...

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Religious oppression and abuse still pervasive in the LGBTQ South

Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Those of us living in the South are very aware of the multi-generational religious oppression and abuse that many LGBTQ people face coming from our Christian families, churches, and communities. For many LGBTQ people living here our hopes, dreams, and fears are the product of generations of religious traditions and expectations. We know that the religious oppression ...

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Culture wars, gay rights movement transforms the politics of religious liberty

Saturday, August 9, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. The contested issues were narrow: a demand that plain, black Amish buggies carry bright safety triangles, for instance, or bans on hallucinogenic tea in a Native American ritual...

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GOP lawmakers introduce ‘license to discriminate’ bill for adoption agencies

Sunday, August 3, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Two Republican lawmakers have introduced new legislation aimed at allowing adoption and foster-care agencies to deny services based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions, but critics charge the bill would simply enable agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples.

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Colo. baker appeals order that he provide wedding cakes for gay couples

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Jack Phillips
DENVER -- A Lakewood, Colo., baker is appealing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that he prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Jack Phillips on Wednesday asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the May ruling by the Civil Rights Commission. Phillips was sued by a same-sex couple after he refused to make a cake to celebrate their wedding in 2012.

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Kansas same-sex marriage opponents to revive religious freedom debate

Sunday, July 6, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas legislators will face renewed pressure next year to provide additional legal protections to those who want to avoid accommodating same-sex couples for religious reasons in the wake of federal courts nationwide invalidating state gay marriage bans. A "religious freedom" measure failed in the Legislature earlier this year...

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Hobby Lobby decision is a threat to LGBTQ civil rights gains

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Court ruled that  corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
LGBTQ rights, particularly marriage equality, have made incredible advances over the past year. But, like other great human rights struggles, organized opponents are working hard to contain and undermine movement gains. Many in the LGBTQ community may be unaware of the Religious Right's strategy to undermine civil rights gains by establishing ever-larger exemptions...

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