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News and information regarding individuals and entities attempting to discriminate against LGBTQ people by claiming a religious exemption.

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Arizona Supreme Court Issues Limited Ruling in Religious Exemptions Case

September 16, 2019, 2:55 pm This ruling shows that the current patchwork of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections across the country is unfair and unsustainable. All LGBTQ Americans should be able to live free from discrimination and harassment. Congress and the Supreme Court must take action.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Formation of ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ in Latest Attempt to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Americans

By Shane Stahl • July 30, 2018, 4:59 pm The task force, taken with the guidance released last year, represents the latest steps DOJ is taking to undermine legal equality for LGBTQ Americans.
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What’s at Stake: The Future of the Supreme Court Following Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

By Shane Stahl • July 9, 2018, 2:36 pm A look at how a new Supreme Court nominee could affect cases involving LGBTQ people that come before the high Court.
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Senators Re-Introduce “Do No Harm Act” to Protect LGBTQ People From Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • May 23, 2018, 4:05 pm On Tuesday May 22, Democratic Senators re-introduced legislation known as the “Do No Harm Act,” which would amend the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ people
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Three Years Ago Today: Mike Pence Signed Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act Into Law

By Shane Stahl • March 26, 2018, 5:53 pm March 26 marks the three-year anniversary of then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which led the way for individuals and businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people by claiming a religious or moral exemption.
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Groundbreaking Victory in the 6th Circuit Against Anti-Transgender Employment Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • March 7, 2018, 1:27 pm The panel ruled that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) does not grant employers an exemption from Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.
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Victory! Ruling in Hawaii Rejects Argument For Religious Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation

By Shane Stahl • February 26, 2018, 2:14 pm On Friday, an appellate court handed a victory to the plaintiffs, a married same sex couple, in a case of discrimination by a Hawaii business.
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U.S. Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Case of Business Seeking to Deny Service to LGBTQ People

By Adam Polaski • October 7, 2017, 6:39 am Oral argument in the case – when attorneys will make the case that no business should be able to deny service to same-sex couples or anyone just because of who they are – will be held Tuesday, December 5 in Washington, D.C.
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Two Years After His Death, We Remember Julian Bond’s Words Against Religious Refusal Proposals

By Adam Polaski • August 15, 2017, 11:33 am We've been here before, Julian Bond argued often throughout his life – we've seen businesses and individuals many times cite their religious beliefs in order to discriminate against people of color, women, and interracial couples. 
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Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms: Religion Is No Excuse for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2017, 11:41 am Today the Washington Supreme Court released its ruling in Ingersoll v. Arlene's Flowers, a case that questioned at its core whether a person's individual religious beliefs could be used as an excuse to discriminate against a same-sex couple.

Catholics Call for Greater LGBT Inclusion Within the Church

October 19, 2016, 1:41 pm This year Freedom for All Americans is proud to be working with Believe Out Loud. As part of our partnership, we have compiled this round-up below of nearly a dozen Catholics from across the country calling for greater inclusion of LGBT people in the Church.
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In Unprecedented Distortion, Judge Cites Federal RFRA to Permit Employment Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • August 19, 2016, 9:02 am This is an unprecedented ruling, representative of the ongoing hijacking of the federal RFRA, passed in 1992 with the intent of protecting employees' religious beliefs – not ensuring that employers could use their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate.
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Congressmembers Introduce the ‘Do No Harm Act’ to Clarify Intent of Federal RFRA

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2016, 5:06 pm "The ‘Do No Harm Act’ recognizes that religious freedom and nondiscrimination can exist alongside one another without conflict."
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Anti-LGBT Measures – including the First Amendment Defense Act – are on the Move in Congress

By Adam Polaski • May 4, 2016, 3:55 pm Two measures allowing for discrimination against LGBT people are moving in the House of Representatives – even as states like North Carolina and Mississippi continue to experience economic backlash from approving similar bills.
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City Councils in Jackson & Biloxi Pass Resolutions Against Mississippi’s HB1523

By Adam Polaski • April 6, 2016, 11:15 am On the local level, City Council members in Jackson and Biloxi immediately condemned the passage of HB1523, issuing strong resolutions against the legislation.