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This Supreme Court Case Unites Religions Against Abercrombie & Fitch - Bloomberg Business
A majority of the justices have generally shown sympathy for business complaints about the burdens of consumer and employee litigation. On the other hand, the Tenth Circuit’s strikingly employer-friendly standard for religious-bias suits stands in tension with rulings of other lower courts. In this too-close-to-call environment, the denominationally diverse friend-of-the-court briefs could very well sway justices to vote against Abercrombie & Fitch.
How have Christians and non-Christians fared before the Supreme Court in RFRA and RLUIPA cases? - The Washington Post
If you really think that head-counts of winners in Supreme Court religious exemption cases are the way to evaluate biases, then I take it you should conclude that the more liberal court of the 1960s to 1980s was biased in favor of Christians and the more conservative court of the 1990s to 2010s hasn’t been.
Former UPS driver at center of pregnancy discrimination case before Supreme Court - The Washington Post
His arguments are backed by amicus briefs filed from both the left and right of the political spectrum and from women’s rights organizations as well as ­anti-abortion groups. “Women’s groups are concerned about guaranteeing equal access to the workplace for women,” he said. “And anti-abortion groups are concerned about removing the pressures to terminate a pregnancy that a worker might not want to make.”
Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage cases | Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned. By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in those states. Other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans will also be affected, meaning the number of states with gay marriage is likely to quickly jump from 19 to 30.
Evangelical college's contraception lawsuit proves divisive | Al Jazeera America
“There’s this external, out-facing argument to the federal government that ‘we believe these to be abortifacients, and this is part of our core religious identity,’ ” Leah Seppanen Anderson, a political science professor, said. “As an insider at Wheaton, I feel like we have not had that conversation.” She and most of the women she spoke with agreed that in their own lives, they would probably err on the side of not using emergency contraception. But Anderson said she’s simply not comfortable with the college making that decision for her, let alone presenting it to the world as a definitive evangelical value. “It seems like people at best aren’t sure, so why are we drawing the line on the sand on this issue?”
How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom? - The Atlantic
This standard may sound familiar—RLUIPA is the sister statute to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, the federal law which was at issue in Hobby Lobby. These laws apply to different laws implicating religious freedom—RFRA only to federal laws and RLUIPA to the land use and prison contexts—but both ask whether a religious burden is the “least-restrictive means” of accomplishing the government’s “compelling” goals.
A Prisoner’s Beard Offers the Next Test of Religious Liberty for the Supreme Court
The justices will apply a familiar legal test to decide the case. As in the Hobby Lobby case, they will consider whether the challenged government regulation placed a substantial burden on religious practices. If it did, the government must show that it had a compelling reason for the regulation and no better way to achieve it.
Supreme Court’s ‘buffer zone’ ruling is about free speech, not abortion
Not surprisingly, pro-life groups hailed the ruling while reproductive rights advocates denounced it. But this wasn’t about abortion. It was a decision about free speech. (Religion News Service)
A Two-Page Form Spawns a Contraceptive Showdown
Paperwork required to opt out of coverage is part of a struggle to balance religious freedom and women’s rights. (The New York Times)
Supreme Court will hear Gilbert church-sign case
Gilbert's prolonged legal battle with a small Presbyterian church over religious signs is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments likely to start later this year. (AZCentral)
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