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  • Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    December 7 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    Religious liberty advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court with some hope that the justices would rule in favor of a Colorado cake artist. The high court heard oral arguments in a major free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion case at the center of the contentious debate between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

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  • High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    December 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers in its effort to determine if a state can require a cake artist to design a cake for a same-sex wedding in spite of his free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion rights. The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop.

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  • Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

    November 15 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

    Pro-life pregnancy care centers have gained a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to be free from promoting abortion. The high court announced Nov. 13 it would rule on a 2015 California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere.

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  • Ten Commandments monument case declined by SCOTUS

    October 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ten Commandments monument case declined by SCOTUS

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined without explanation Oct. 16 to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling against a Ten Commandments monument outside the Bloomfield, N.M., City Hall. The Bloomfield City Council will discuss what to do with the monument in executive session during its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 23.

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  • Court urged to protect cake artist’s religious freedom

    September 12 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court urged to protect cake artist’s religious freedom

    Forcing an artist to create a cake for a same-sex wedding in contradiction to his beliefs is a “de facto religious test” that violates the First Amendment, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) said. The ERLC urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling in a friend-of-the-court brief.

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  • Conflicting rulings on prayer may open door to SCOTUS

    September 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Conflicting rulings on prayer may open door to SCOTUS

    Two conflicting 2017 court rulings in cases challenging public prayer at government meetings increase the chance of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, religious liberty advocate Ken Klukowski said Sept. 7. Rowan County plans to decide in late September whether to appeal the decision.

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  • High court urged to accept florist’s appeal

    August 25 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court urged to accept florist’s appeal

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling it says requires a Washington state florist to violate her faith convictions or forfeit her business. The Supreme Court will likely decide this fall whether to review the opinion in the case.

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  • David Daleiden takes pro-life case to Supreme Court

    August 10 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    David Daleiden takes pro-life case to Supreme Court

    Lawyers for David Daleiden appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court last week over the ongoing litigation suppressing his undercover videos. During the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation annual conventions, the 28-year-old pro-life activist filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood workers allegedly discussing the illegal fetal tissue trade and late-term abortion procedures.

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  • High court backs church in public benefits case

    June 27 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court backs church in public benefits case

    The U.S. Supreme Court made a clear decision that churches have the freedom to participate in government programs with secular purposes. Seven of the high court’s nine justices agreed the state of Missouri violated a church’s right to exercise its faith freely by barring it from participating in a government-run, playground-resurfacing program.

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  • SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine’s appeal

    June 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine’s appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify religious liberty law by refusing to hear a former Marine’s appeal, the Family Research Council said. The court missed an opportunity to clarify the Religious Liberty Restoration Act former Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling had used unsuccessfully in her defense.

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  • Court’s hypothetical questions may prove telling

    April 21 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court’s hypothetical questions may prove telling

    A series of rapid-fire, hypothetical questions from across the U.S. Supreme Court’s philosophical divide has provided encouragement to advocates of increased freedom for churches to participate in government programs that have a secular purpose. Both liberal and conservative justices offered alternative scenarios to a lawyer for Missouri in an important church-state case.

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  • Supreme Court arguments buoy church’s supporters

    April 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court arguments buoy church’s supporters

    The constitutionality of a state’s refusal to include a daycare center in a playground resurfacing program was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices on both sides of the court’s ideological divide vigorously questioned the state of Missouri’s position in rejecting the Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center in Columbia, Mo., from participation in the program.

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  • Supreme Court again tackles religious employment issues

    April 20 2017 by Mary Reichard, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court again tackles religious employment issues

    A Supreme Court case involving three hospital systems once again brought up the ongoing legal question about just what counts as a church. The court heard arguments in the case at the end of March. The decision could affect millions of workers at religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, and other organizations.

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  • Senate confirms Gorsuch to court after rules change

    April 10 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Senate confirms Gorsuch to court after rules change

    Neil Gorsuch gained confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court April 7, a day after a rules change in the deeply divided Senate made his approval possible. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gorsuch, filling a seat on the high court that had remained vacant since the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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  • Panel OKs Gorsuch; showdown set in Senate

    April 5 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Panel OKs Gorsuch; showdown set in Senate

    Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s approval by a Senate committee occurred the same day it became clear the Democrats have enough votes to block his confirmation barring a controversial rule change. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines April 3 to advance Gorsuch’s nomination.

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