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A Tale of Two Liberties: Indiana's Religious Freedom Laws and Implications beyond Marriage Equality
April 22, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in....... [more]

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Needle Exchanges and the Public's Health
April 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and e....... [more]

15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Indiana, Arkansas governors sign amended 'religious freedom' bills
April 3, 2015
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom....... [more]

Arkansas House approves 'religious freedom' bill
April 1, 2015
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far wi....... [more]

Arkansas Senate approves 'religious freedom' bill
March 30, 2015
The Arkansas Senate on Friday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. Those supporting the Republican-backed say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with the law and refuse s....... [more]

Utah lawmakers unveil LGBT anti-discrimination bill
March 5, 2015
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti-discrimi....... [more]

Arkansas bill prohibiting local anti-discrimination ordinances becomes law
February 24, 2015
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect le....... [more]

Arkansas legislature passes bill that could allow increased LGBT discrimination
February 14, 2015
The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the st....... [more]

Holt v. Hobbs and the Struggle over Religious Freedom
February 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Smith, of the University of San Diego School of Law, discusses the significance surrounding the decision made in Holt v. Hobbs and our nation's commitment to religious freedom ...In Holt v. Hobbs, the US Supreme Court methodically applied the Religious Land Use and In....... [more]

Post-Windsor Decisions in the Federal Courts
February 7, 2015
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legali....... [more]




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