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  • Court limits Jack Phillips' religious bias lawsuit

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 08, 2019 (one month ago)

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    DENVER (BP) -- Christian cake artist Jack Phillips can proceed with his latest lawsuit alleging Colorado harassed him based on his religious beliefs, but he may no longer seek damages from nine of the 10 defendants targeted.

    Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, has legal standing to challenge Colorado's discrimination law, the U.S. District Court for Colorado ruled Jan. 4 regarding a motion to dismiss the 2018 case. But most defendants successfully blocked Phillips' pursuit of compensatory, punitive and nominal damages against them as government officials and individual citizens.

    Only Colorado Atty. Gen. Cynthia H. Coffman remains an individual defendant in the case, having lost her appeal to block Phillips from pursuing equitable relief against her in her official governmental capacity. Read More

  • Freedom of conscience wins in 2 European high courts

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    EUROPE (BP) -- Freedom of conscience won against charges of discrimination in two European high courts yesterday and today (Oct. 10 and 11), affirming the rights of a pro-life physician and a baker opposed to gay marriage.

    The latest case today set a Norwegian legal precedent on freedom for conscientious objection in the medical profession, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International said. The high court in Oslo, Norway affirmed the right of Christian physician Katarzyna Jackimowicz to refuse to implant in a patient an intrauterine birth control device (IUD) because of its abortifacient capabilities. Read More

  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 12, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision.

    The March 7 decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity, and reverses a lower court ruling that had protected the workplace under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read More

  • Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (one year ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but the decision comes as a similar case is already pending in the nation's highest court.

    Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller's freedom of speech "outweighs" the state of California's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision in the Superior Court of California in Kern County, one of the state's 58 trial courts. Read More

  • Religious liberty law in Miss. upheld on appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    A law allowing Mississippians to refuse a variety of business transactions violating their religious beliefs was allowed to take effect by a federal appeals court June 22, but the court did not address the law's constitutionality. Read More