New York Threatens To Sue If The Trump Administration Moves Forward With “Religious Protections” For Medical Workers
Nineteen Democratic attorneys general also wrote a comment on the Trump administration’s proposed rule, saying it threatens health care access, particularly for LGBT and poor patients, and asked for it to be withdrawn.
Trump Signed An Executive Order On Religious Exemptions For Churches And Employers
The order addresses enforcement of tax rules for churches and the contraception mandate under Obamacare. And while Trump said it would protect all religious people, the order contains no exemptions to allow LGBT discrimination, which many had expected.
Religious Freedom Bills Surge After Last Year's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
More than 100 bills have been introduced in this year’s legislative session to protect religious freedom or allow people to refuse services based on their faith. In at least eight states, legislatures currently are advancing bills.
Gay Rights Bill Dies In Indiana Under Fire From Both GOP and LGBT Groups
Many lawmakers were trying to repair the state's reputation after passing a religious freedom bill in 2015. But critics condemned a nondiscrimination bill introduced this year for omitting protections for transgender people and creating exemptions that would allow faith groups to discriminate.
Republican Frontrunner For Montana Governor Has An Extreme Anti-LGBT Past
Since entering the political spotlight, Greg Gianforte has avoided questions about social issues. But he has personally lobbied against an LGBT rights bill, and tax documents show his foundation has given more than $1.1 million to leading organizations that oppose LGBT rights.
Kentucky Governor Orders Names Of County Clerks To Be Removed From Marriage Licenses
Responding to an uproar involving Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, newly elected Gov. Matt Bevin is removing a state requirement that the county clerk's name appear on the forms. But critics say he lacks that authority.
Senators: Government Should Publish Info On Schools Allowed To Discriminate Against LGBT Students
In the past four years, at least 60 schools have applied for waivers to ignore a 1972 law that bans publicly funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex — a sharp spike from the past two decades.
Waivers Allowing Christian Schools To Ban LGBT Students Spike In 2015
The exemptions allow religious schools to ban students and discriminate in regard to hiring, housing, financial aid, and other issues on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — while the schools continue to receive federal money.
Major Corporations Reject Compromise On LGBT Rights In Indiana
They reject any compromise — including one being discussed by Gov. Mike Pence — that would allow discrimination in places of businesses. After the state’s reputation was sullied by backlash to a religious freedom law, business leaders say expanding LGBT rights can attract top talent.
LGBT Catholics Alarmed With Pope's Remarks About “Unjust Discrimination”
Pope Francis made the comments on Wednesday in the context of marriage, family, and religious liberty. LGBT Catholics said they believe the term “unjust discrimination” channels a specific history of antipathy toward gays and lesbians in the church.
Arkansas Governor Signs Revised Religious Freedom Bill Into Law
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday had called for state lawmakers to recall a religious freedom bill and amend its language to mirror a long-standing federal law. The legislature gave final approval to a revised bill Thursday afternoon and the governor signed it within the hour.
Indiana Governor Calls For "Fix" To Controversial Religious Freedom Law
Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants a bill, this week, that would "fix" the law to clarify it does not "give businesses the right to deny services to anyone." When asked about his explanation of the controversial law this weekend, he said, "I could have handled that better."
Advocates Fighting Over State "Religious Freedom" Bills Are Keeping A Close Eye On The Supreme Court
How the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case will likely impact the next stage of the debate over state-level religious protection laws like the one recently vetoed in Arizona.