Commentary: Religious leaders set off a firestorm when they requested a religious exemption in the president's planned executive order banning discrimination by government contractors.
The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Attorney General Sean Reyes decided to leapfrog the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver after a three-judge panel last month upheld a lower-court ruling and declared that the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process extend to gay men and lesbians who want to marry. It was the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on the issue.
Although immigration reform in the U.S. has been labeled politically dead, a group of Catholic organizations met with the aim of reviving the issue.
When the Supreme Court issued a split decision June 30 narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-based nonprofits would have it easy when their own cases eventually reach the high court.
A 20-year effort to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination is facing a major setback after a coalition of gay rights groups and civil liberties groups pulled their support because of an exemption for religious groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union and four gay rights groups said they can no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case over contraception coverage, which allowed some businesses to claim a religious exemption in following federal law.
While listening to NPR this morning, I was dismayed to hear that a Catholic school teacher in the diocese of Savannah, Ga., was fired because he intends to marry his male partner in Minnesota this summer.
The dividing line: Should the directive banning discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors contain a religious exemption?
The case involves the possible confession of a 12-year-old girl who told the priest she was abused by a church parishioner in 2008.
In today's Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.
NCR Today: Are the bishops willing to claim victory after the latest Supreme Court statement on the government's contraception mandate?