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Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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 07.02.2015 | Gay 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 06.28.2015 | Gay 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 06.17.2015 | Gay 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 06.13.2015 | Gay 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 06.09.2015 | Gay 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.

The Mark of Cain

Stampp Corbin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

All across the nation, business owners are refusing service to LGBT people in an attempt to build a firewall protecting discrimination by hiding behind the concept of religious freedom. It has become clear that interpretation of the Bible can now be used to refuse service to any group.

Michelangelo Signorile: Gay Marriage Is Not The 'Be All And End All' Of LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices

In the past two weeks, Indiana has become ground zero in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights following the passage of t...

Cake Is Speech

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."

Alexander C. Kaufman

The CEO Who Took On Indiana's Anti-LGBT Law -- And Won

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business

For Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, the fight was personal.

Samantha Lachman

Both Sides Of Reproductive Rights Debate Concerned About Revised Religious Freedom Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reproductive rights advocates and opponents are both sounding a cautionary note about how religious freedom laws likes the ones signed b...

Only One Potential 2016 Candidate Will Protect True Religious Freedom

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Rather than passing redundant religious freedom laws, we ought to be passing anti-discrimination laws because the most beautiful example of Christian witness is to show kindness, love and acceptance to each individual in our midst -- to our friends and neighbors, to strangers, and even to our enemies.

Cake Wars Getting Stickier

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With all the political frenzy about both religious freedom and discrimination, the pundits always seem to come back to the same classic case: a baker contemplating whether to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

Mike Huckabee Blames 'Militant Gay Community' For Fueling 'Religious Freedom' Law Backlash

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.06.2015 | Media

Following nationwide criticism of Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a revised version of the law l...

Rihanna Gets Explicit Telling Indiana Crowd How She Really Feels About Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices

"F*** that s***." Rihanna is not a fan of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and she let the crowd know Saturday night at the NCAA March...