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Canned Clerk: Ind. County Employee Fired For Refusing To Process Same-Sex Couples’ Marriage Applications Files Lawsuit

An employee at a county clerk’s office in Indiana who was fired because she refused to process marriage licenses for same-sex couples claims her “religious freedom” rights have been violated. So now she’s suing.

Linda Summers, an employee in Harrison County, was fired last year for her refusal to fully perform her job requirements – specifically issuing marriage licenses for all qualified couples. Read more

Common Sense In Carolina: N.C. Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBT Legislation

The Tea Party and other far-right groups speak often of their love for the Constitution. But for all their talk about America’s foundational document, many of these zealots understand our laws about as well as an average kindergartner. That is why it’s always a pleasure when a political leader rejects these stilted views. Read more

Marriage Matters: Thoughts On The Recent Unpleasantness In Indiana

Last week I taped an interview with Sister Maureen Fielder, host of “Interfaith Voices,” a popular radio program exploring religious issues that is carried by many NPR stations.

The topic of the show was Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law, and appearing with me was Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, a libertarian journal. We had a spirited but thoughtful discussion. Read more

False Freedoms: Legislators Propose ‘Fixes’ To Discriminatory Bills

Legislators in Indiana have proposed a fix to their controversial “religious freedom” bill (RFRA), and it’s certainly a step forward for LGBT rights. The amendment, which still awaits approval from Governor Mike Pence, would prevent small businesses from using the RFRA to discriminate in many ways. Read more

Ind. Catholic Diocese Resists Court Jurisdiction

The Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese in Indiana has refused to appear in court to answer a lawsuit from a former employee, arguing that it is beyond the reach of the legal system in this case.

“[If] the diocese is required to go through a trial,” the diocese’s religious freedom would be “irrevocably” harmed, church attorneys argued. Read more