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Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Enough is Enough: Stop Trying to Legalize Discrimination

Daniel Brewster | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Daniel Brewster

We can't afford this type of loss in West Virginia. More importantly we cannot continue to send the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against people in this state as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

A Legal Overview of Religious Discrimination in Employment

Brad Reid | Posted 01.16.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other requirements, prohibits discrimination in employment based upon religion for covered em...

Here's Why It's Important That Kim Davis Was At The State Of The Union

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Much of the president's speech was about the forces of abject bigotry on the current political stage and how we can't underestimate them. Kim Davis's presence in the chamber served to underscore his warning.

Where's Log Cabin Republican Activism This Campaign Season?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Do Religious Organizations Receiving Federal Funds Have a Right to Use Religious Tests in Hiring?

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Steven Shiffrin

Last week 130 organizations wrote a letter to the President to complain about a 2007 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that a religious organization had the right under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to restrict its hiring to those who share the religion of the religious organization.

Georgia Democrat Wins State House Seat On Platform Against Gay Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

Democrat and gay rights advocate Taylor Bennett won a seat in the Georgia state legislature in a special election on Tuesday, carrying a he...

Indiana's Marijuana Church Sues State, Claims Pot Prohibition Infringes On Its Religious Beliefs

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

Indiana's First Church of Cannabis -- a religion that embraces marijuana as a holy sacrament, newly born under the state's recently enacted and ...

Love Is the Ultimate Outlaw: Valley Queen's "Who Ever Said" Music Video Release

Natalie Carol | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Natalie Carol

I was sitting on a airplane, flying away from my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. I was headed back to Los Angeles, California, ready to get back into recording my first ever LP with my band, Valley Queen.

Signs of Change: A Flag, A Shirt...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Our nation's biggest arguments are often captured in majestic words, or dramatic photos. But sometimes it's a simple piece of cloth...

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

Religious Liberty Is a Shield and Not a Sword

Harry Knox | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Harry Knox

Conservatives are trying to spin a yarn that the religious liberty of Christians in this country is under attack. When the Supreme Court handed down its pro-marriage-equality decision in June, conservative pundits opined that Christian congregations would soon be required to let gays and lesbian marry in their churches.

Why the Right's Response to Marriage Equality Is Anything But Principled

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Civil marriage is a civil function, not a religious one. That's why when government employees in our country have had religious objections to divorce and remarriage, they have still had to do their jobs.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Adoption Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a law Thursday that will allow faith-based adoption agencies to cite religious beliefs as reason to not serve pot...

Jason Linkins

How LGBT Activists Won The PR Game: Cash, Culture And Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

What's the secret of the LGBT community's success, as they've moved toward societal equality? According to our most recent "Drinking & Talking" panel,...

Marina Fang

Jeb Bush Says Christian Business Owners Can Refuse To Serve Gay Weddings

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that Christian business owners should not have to provide services for gay weddings if it goes ...

Amanda Terkel

Indiana Republicans Worry Mike Pence Has Destroyed Party's Reputation

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Indiana these days, no one, including the GOP, is happy with Gov. Mike Pence (R). On April 2, Pence signed a revised version of I...

Supreme Court Marriage Ruling: No Silver Bullet for LGBT Equality

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

It's time to decide what the next 10, 20, 50 years of the LGBT movement look like. Leading up to the Supreme Court hearing and the June ruling on marriage, we have an opportunity to cast a vision for a more fair, equitable and just society.

Thank You, Bobby Jindal!

Steven Conn | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

At one level, Jindal's essay is almost bizarre -- a sloppy combination of faulty reasoning, self-promotion and aggrieved whining. But Jindal has also inadvertently clarified what's really at stake in this recent flare-up over "religious freedom."

Life's a Bitch for Straight White Folks

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Reading the news these days might lead one to believe that white folks, particularly straight male white folks, are a beleaguered minority in America. It reminds me of a Martin Mull "middle class blues" parody years ago, where Mull sang with faux anguish about his martini being too warm. Pity us poor people of privilege.

Survivors of Reparative Therapies Speak Out in Solidarity With LGBTQIA Students at Christian Colleges -- #TellOurStoriesToo

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As an intersex Christian theologian subjected to "reparative" therapies both medically and psychologically for decades, I invite Christians to consider ancient Christian leader Archbishop of Hippo and "Church Father" St. Augustine's view back in the early fifth century.

Indiana's RFRA May Help End Bigotry

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Racism, homophobia, the refusal to regard women as equals -- these beliefs will only end if we keep talking about why and how they're problematic, and force those who hold them to own them -- and face the consequences.

Arthur Delaney

A Texas Woman Might Use The 'Religious Freedom' Law In The Most Amazing Way Possible

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

Joan Cheever said police infringed her religious freedom when they fined her $2,000 for feeding the homeless in San Antonio. As she'd done every T...

Animal House: The Right-Wing Anti-LGBT Counteroffensive

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby last summer, recognizing for the first time a (closely held) for-profit corporation's claim of religious belief, has only fueled the flames of possibility for religious conservatives. That was the beginning, setting the table for the resistance.

Taking the Ball From the GOP

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Never before has Republican flailing been on such vivid display, nor has the right's disconnect from mainstream American opinion been more glaring. We should seize the moment and make the GOP pay a heavy price.