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‘Pastafarian’ gets to wear strainer on head in license photo

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo provided by Darrick Fauvel, Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., wears a spaghetti strainer to reflect her religious beliefs while holding her temporary driver license that also bears a photo of her wearing the colander. Miller said she ìabsolutely loves the history and the storyî of pastafarians, who are part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles initially forbade Miller to wear the colander in the identification photo. She said the agency reversed the decision and apologized.
Lindsay Miller says wearing the spaghetti strainer allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do. ...

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Lawsuit challenging Jindal’s anti-LGBT religious objections order going to trial

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
A lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order offering protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is headed to trial. ...

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Homophobic Christian extremist gets extremely mad at Starbucks cup on CNN

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Joshua Feurerstein is positively furious at Starbucks' latest cup design.
"It's much more than just a cup!" he rages. "The cup is very symbolic ... It parallels a society that is trying to remove Christmas from Christmas!" ...

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Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Huckabee to speak at a conference whose host wants gays executed

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz
Kevin Swanson, the host of the event, has gone on the record to say that gay people should be put to death. ...

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The Odgaards’ controversial Gortz Haus venue reopens as Harvest Bible Church

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Görtz Haus owners Betty and Richard Odgaard
In 2013, a Des Moines couple filed a complaint because the Odgaards' refused to let them rent the space for a same-sex ceremony. ...

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Jindal: Dismiss ACLU lawsuit against me

Monday, October 26, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a state district judge to throw out a lawsuit that challenges his order to offer protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage. ...

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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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