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?
Column: We await a moral conscience moment in the welcoming of children and others escaping the violence in such countries as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
The Supreme Court offered a further sign that it favors letting employers with religious objections avoid the Obama administration's so-called contraception mandate.
Opinion: Immigrants will continue to live in fear of deportation and companies will continue to be afraid of the now-widespread "silent raids."