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  • High court annuls ruling against florist

    June 27 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court annuls ruling against florist

    The U.S. Supreme Court provided a promising directive June 25 in the ongoing effort by business owners to practice their faith convictions. The justices issued an order that annulled a lower-court ruling against Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding.

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  • Supreme Court: Immigrant teen’s abortion ruling tossed

    June 6 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court: Immigrant teen’s abortion ruling tossed

    The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a lower court Monday (June 4) from setting a new precedent on illegal immigrant minors’ access to abortion. The court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a pregnant illegal immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion while in federal immigration custody, saying the decision was moot because the …

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  • ERLC brief opposes hostility against religion

    April 27 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC brief opposes hostility against religion

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission filed a friend-of-the-court brief April 15 in opposition to lower court rulings that upheld a Missouri government decision against a church daycare’s application to participate in the playground resurfacing program. The state rejected the request by Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center in Columbia, Mo. …

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  • Court seeks new ideas on mandate accommodation

    The U.S. Supreme Court made an uncommon request of religious nonprofits and the federal government on March 29 calling for new briefs from both sides in an effort to determine if workers may be able to obtain birth control coverage through their nonprofit employers’ insurance companies without violating the conscience rights of those employers.

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  • SCOTUS pick lacks record on social issues, critics say

    March 17 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS pick lacks record on social issues, critics say

    Merrick Garland, a federal judge described in media reports as a “moderate” with little judicial record on abortion or same-sex marriage, is President Barack Obama’s choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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  • Court division appears on Texas abortion regulations

    The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to divide as expected March 2 in oral arguments regarding a Texas law that regulates abortion doctors and clinics. The measure requires an abortion doctor to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case a woman needs emergency admission. The law also mandates ...

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  • Supreme Court takes landmark church-state case

    January 25 2016 by Emily Belz, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court takes landmark church-state case

    A case the Supreme Court just agreed to hear is about ground-up tires for a church playground, but it could be one of the more significant religious-exercise cases in a decade. The court will consider when states can provide aid to religious institutions.

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  • Immigration: SCOTUS takes up Obama’s executive orders

    January 21 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Immigration: SCOTUS takes up Obama’s executive orders

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the legality of executive orders by President Barack Obama that would delay deportation of more than 4 million undocumented immigrants. The orders sought to allow undocumented persons who are parents of U.S. citizens or of lawful permanent residents ...

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  • SBC entities to court: Mandate violates religious liberty

    January 13 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC entities to court: Mandate violates religious liberty

    In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Jan. 11, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the International Mission Board and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – as well as Southern’s president, R. Albert Mohler Jr. – urged the high court to rule the controversial, federal abortion/contraception regulation infringes religious freedom.

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  • Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

    June 29 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

    The U.S. Supreme Court transformed the legal definition of marriage June 26, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that states must recognize marriages between people of the same sex, providing a new definition throughout the country to an institution created by God ...

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  • Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage

    June 26 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage

    “I deeply believe in biblical and traditional marriage, said Russell Moore. “The court has determined otherwise. Our number one concern at this point is that religious freedom is protected in every way, honoring our God-given conscience, and that we not be discriminated against for our biblical and traditional stand.”

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  • Supreme Court’s pending same-sex ruling looms over SBC

    June 12 2015 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 1 comments
    Supreme Court’s pending same-sex ruling looms over SBC

    A pending Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage looms over next week’s meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, with panels and guides on the topic amid prayers for the nation. President Ronnie Floyd will lead an entire evening session of the annual meeting that has been dedicated to “a national call for prayer.”

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  • Same-sex marriage arguments set April 28

    March 9 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Same-sex marriage arguments set April 28

    The Supreme Court announced April 28 as the date for arguments regarding same-sex marriage. The justices likely will issue an opinion before they adjourn this summer. If so, gay marriage could be legal nationwide by the end of June or states could maintain their authority to define marriage.

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  • Obama threatens vetoes in State of the Union speech

    January 22 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Obama threatens vetoes in State of the Union speech

    In his sixth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama focused much of his early attention on “middle-class economics” but addressed a litany of issues during the 61-minute speech. In response, some conservative lawmakers and other leaders indicated his economic proposals actually will harm families.

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  • Feds admit abortion mandate in SCOTUS

    March 27 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Feds admit abortion mandate in SCOTUS

    The Obama administration’s acknowledgment that its stance would require businesses to underwrite abortions without the right to a legal challenge may have been a particularly telling moment in the March 25 U.S. Supreme Court case. The Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral arguments regarding…

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