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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Protesters gather on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she told a ...

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Tenn. GOP wants to protect clergy from officiating same-sex weddings in case 1st Amendment changes

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
Members of the House Republican Caucus are proposing legislation to protect ministers who choose not to perform a marriage that violates their religious beliefs. ...

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Lawsuit filed against Bobby Jindal over anti-gay marriage religious objections order

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
A new lawsuit is challenging Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage. ...

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Religious liberty is conservative’s rallying cry after same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Alex Brandon, AP
Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy ...

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Christian Right issues anti-LGBT manuals teaching legal discrimination

Sunday, June 21, 2015
AP (File)
Christian Right leaders may be assuming they’ll lose their battle against equality for LGBTQ people, and they are hunkering down for what they foresee as a long siege against conservative Christian churches, businesses, and organizations. ...

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Indiana governor Mike Pence defiant on religious objections law in re-election campaign launch

Friday, June 19, 2015
Protestors against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gather outside where Pence will formally announce his reelection campaign in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence launched his re-election campaign Thursday night by taking a defiant stance against critics of the state's new religious objections law that battered his image as a national star among conservatives. ...

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Poll: Pence’s re-election on the ropes because of anti-LGBT legislation

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
A new poll reveals Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s deeply damaged political reputation continues to decline over two months after signing into law an anti-LGBT “religious refusal” bill. ...

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Thousands attend Indianapolis LGBT pride following stinging debate over anti-gay law

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Parade participants toss out candy as part of Circle City Pride activities in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Tens of thousands of people converged Saturday on Indianapolis for an annual parade celebrating the LGBT community only months after a stinging debate over Indiana's new religious objections law. ...

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Organized Religion – Oy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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I’m tired of the Christian religion showing up in my government and my schools and anywhere else they deem it necessary to save humanity. It irritates me that Christians believe that their religion should dictate the laws of the land ...

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An UnFreedom Summer: LGBT rights are not a threat to religious freedom

Sunday, June 7, 2015
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Summer campaigns on a variety of concerns have sought to cast themselves in the heroic moral tradition of the Freedom Summer – though none has been as dramatic as the events of the summer of 1964... ...

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