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Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Green Party and LGBTQIA+ Rights

Michael Dennis | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Dennis

The arc of justice for LGTBQIA+ persons is intersectional with other realms that we as Greens care about.

When the Roll Is Called Out Yonder in the States that Discriminate

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 04.20.2016 | Education
Dr. Cindi Love

In 1893, James Black wrote the familiar Christian song, When the Roll is Called up Yonder which says: Then when all of life is over, and our work on...

No More Sex For You, Mr. Trump!

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

This entire "war" is designed to impose a Christian morality on all citizens. Non-religious employees of quasi-religious organizations have no rights, according to the religious soldiers. If religious conservatives had their way, a Christian morality about abortion would be imposed on all women.

Religious Liberty and the Big Business of Catholic Nonprofits

Jon O'Brien | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Imagine if your boss rifled through your purse to see if you were taking the pill. It may sound extreme, but that is what a Supreme Court case heard this session is going to decide: whether or not your employer has the right to interfere with your personal life when it comes to reproductive health.

A Case of Religious Freedom? Hell, No!

Sandy Goodman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

How anyone can argue with a straight face that simply filing a few words of objection to gain exemption from employee contraception violates any group's freedom of religion beggars the imagination.

Supreme Court Sharply Conflicted On Whether Religious Freedom Trumps Contraception Access

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups want the Supreme Court to free them from the government's requirement that the...

Health Care, Religion, and the Never Ending Assault on the Affordable Care Act

Simona Grossi | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Simona Grossi

The Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations require group health insurance plans and health insurance issuers to cover women's preventive...

Threats to Religious Liberty: Real and Imagined

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

The last time I checked, no one in the U.S. is being punished for what they believe or for expressing that belief. So what's the fuss about? It's not a concern that people can't express their own beliefs. No, it seems to be a concern that people will not have the license to impose their beliefs on others.

GOP Lawmaker Compares Gays To Pedophiles To Defend Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

A West Virginia lawmaker argued that defending LGBT rights would open the door to protections for pedophiles. At a legislative hearing Friday, Republi...

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 heavily gerry...

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 contro...

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 ...