Cakes, Artistic Prerogative, and SSM

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Cakes, Artistic Prerogative, and SSM  —  In Colorado, the three appeals judges weighing the Phillips wedding cake case examined those issues, asking: Is cake making really an act of expression protected by the First Amendment, or should bakeries have to serve all customers equally?  Phillips, the owner-baker, declined, saying he would make other treats, but […]

Court Stays Catholic Charity from ACA Birth Control Mandate

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Court Stays Catholic Charity from ACA Birth Control Mandate  —  The Supreme Court issued an order that allows certain nonprofit religious groups to avoid compliance with federal rules concerning insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. The order bars the Obama administration from enforcing the rules against religious groups and church officials until the court decides […]

Oregon Fines Bakery $135,000

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Oregon Fines Bakery $135,000  —  Oregon’s labor commissioner has ordered the owners of a Portland-area bakery to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for whom they declined to bake a wedding cake.  Any appeal would first appear before the Oregon Court of Appeals. But it eventually could end up at the U.S. Supreme […]

Polygamous Trio Applies for Marrriage License

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Polygamous Trio Applies for Marriage License  —  Nathan Collier, inspired by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, has applied in Billings, Montana, for a marriage license to legally wed his second wife.  Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue […]

Update on Christian Campuses, Gay Policy, and SSM

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  —  At least two Christian colleges are extending benefits to same-sex spouses of employees after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  After Indiana legalized same-sex marriage last fall, the University of Notre Dame and nearby Saint Mary’s immediately extended health care and other benefits to same-sex couples. In May, Baylor […]

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