Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s reputation took a drubbing in the aftermath of the “religious freedom restoration act.” But many progressives feel his would-be adversary, John Gregg, isn’t progressive enough to satisfy voters.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group’s rights.
The governor’s executive action is in response to the failure of the GOP-majority state legislature to pass the so-called Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would codify discrimination of LGBTQ people by those who oppose marriage equality.
The decision released Tuesday is a strong endorsement of the Obama administration’s accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to providing contraception in health-care plans.
The order from the Supreme Court Monday directs the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reconsider its decision that the birth control benefit accommodation process does not violate federal law.
Anticipating a loss this summer before the Roberts Court in the marriage equality cases, conservatives are now leaning on the precedent set by Hobby Lobby and McCullen v. Coakley.
In an order issued late on April 15, the justice stayed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Zubik v. Burwell.
Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.
So far, the Obama administration has been undefeated in defending the accommodation process to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act. How long will that streak last?
A decision by the Colorado Civil Rights Division clears a Denver baker who refused to decorate cakes with anti-LGBT messages and images.