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Michigan will recognize 300 gay marriages from 2014

By Leigh Jones
Posted

Marriage | Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced today the state will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages conducted last year before a judge ordered clerks to stop…

Oregon bakers might have to pay $150,000 to same-sex couple

By Daniel James Devine
Posted

Religious Liberty | The owners of an Oregon bakery may have to fork out $150,000 to a lesbian couple simply for refusing to bake them a custom wedding cake. Last Thursday, an…

Houston mayor: Pastors committed fraud, forgery

By Bonnie Pritchett
Posted

Religious Liberty | Annise Parker takes the stand to defend her administration’s decision to throw out a petition that would have put a controversial anti-bias policy on the…

Fight over Houston LGBT policy goes to court

By Bonnie Pritchett
Posted

Courts | The jury will decide whether city officials intentionally sabotaged a petition drive to put the Equal Rights Ordinance on the ballot

Judges stays Alabama marriage ruling

By Lynde Langdon
Posted

Marriage | UPDATE (9:45 a.m. EST, Jan. 26): The judge who struck down Alabama’s marriage law Friday issued a stay of her decision for two weeks, giving the state…

Illinois Bible colleges sue over state regulation

By Dave Bell
Posted

Religion | Three years ago, Rachel Vasquez enrolled in Dayspring Bible College and Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., north of Chicago. She wanted to attend a college that…

Forced down the same-sex wedding aisle

By Sarah Padbury
Posted

Religious Liberty | An update on five small businesses that refused to participate in same-sex weddings and paid a heavy price

Judge declares South Dakota marriage law unconstitutional

By The Editors
Posted

Marriage | A federal judge in South Dakota today declared unconstitutional the state’s law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. South Dakota had…

Supreme Court refuses to review Louisiana marriage case

By The Editors
Posted

Marriage | The Supreme Court declined this morning to review ongoing same-sex marriage litigation in Louisiana, the first state in which a federal judge upheld…

Texas abortion laws back before appeals court

By Courtney Crandell
Posted

Abortion | The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine the constitutionality of  Texas’ requirement that…

Manhattan judge gives life sentence to imam who supported al-Qaeda

By Emily Belz
Posted

Terrorism | NEW YORK—As French special forces were closing in on Islamic militants holding hostages in Paris today, al-Qaeda associate and radical imam Abu Hamza…

States, White House do battle over immigration action

By Mary Reichard
Posted

Immigration | Twenty-five states and the White House are in court battling over the president’s executive action on immigration. On Christmas Eve, the Department of…

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