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World Vision reverses course on same-sex marriage policy

After announcing earlier this week it would no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, Christian relief organization World Vision reversed course Wednesday and said it would no longer recognize the same-sex marriages of its employees.

Heavy criticism from evangelicals may have prompted the reversal. Soon after the earlier groundbreaking decision, the Assemblies of God urged members to consider dropping their support.

World Vision to recognize employees' same-sex marriages

Editor's note: Since this story was published, World Vision has retracted its stance on same-sex marriage.

Christian relief organization World Vision has announced it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical institution and a reflection of the impact that gay marriage is having on religious organizations.

Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby's challenge to the contraception mandate

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When two corporations -- one owned by evangelicals and one owned by Mennonites -- filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in stark and fairly simple terms: The government is forcing them to either break the law or betray their faith.

But at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, nothing was so clear as the justices explored the murky territory where an employer's religious rights collide with the interests of its employees or the government.

Supreme Court may decide if photographers can snub gay weddings

When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only worked on "traditional weddings."

"Are you saying that your company does not offer your photography services to same-sex couples?" Willock asked by email.

"Yes, you are correct in saying we do not photograph same-sex weddings," Huguenin responded.

North Dakota bishops welcome abortion clinic's move to drop lawsuit

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The North Dakota Catholic Conference welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2013 law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo withdrew the suit March 14 after a local health care system certified physicians working at the clinic to admit patients.

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