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04/28/13 ... When a high school's teacher lesbian relationship became known (because it was listed in her mother's obituary), the Catholic high school where she worked fired her. Supporters have protested, and she filed a grievance against the school. Under an agreement, teachers can be terminated for immorality. The teacher hopes that Catholic leaders will reconsider their stance on gay relationships.
04/18/13 ... If the grievance based on the contract does not work, the teacher may sue under a Columbus city ordinance, and the question would become whether the diocese can have a religious exemption.
04/17/13 ... Snow College was sued because it used a tiered classification that gave religious clubs less access to campus. Recently, the college settled the lawsuit and changed its policies.
04/17/13 ... In New Mexico, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two lesbian couples, arguing that denying marriage licenses to gay couples violates their rights to equal protection. Opponents are concerned partly about the effect on religious liberties, such as for Elane Photography, which was recently found to violate discrimination law for refusing to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony.
In your hypothetical, there is already a lack of mutual trust. Tom and Sally are seen as being perpetual complainers. And your mission leader isn’t consistent. He “usually” investigates and doesn’t have a methodical approach. So what do complainants have the right to know about the progress of an investigation and what is the effect of trust issues with leadership? Read More→
You hate to see a case with a caption like God’s Hope Builders, Inc. v. Mount Zion Baptist Church, since it seems unlikely the lawsuit is what God would have hoped for. The Georgia Court of Appeals, on March 28, 2013, remanded this case with orders to the trial court to figure out, if it legitimately could, who the church members actually were.
04/08/13 ... Supporters of the contraceptive mandate filed nearly 350,000 comments, encouraged by a coalition of Planned Parenthood and the National Women's Law Center.
04/05/13 ... Twenty-two Catholic colleges and higher education programs submitted a memo to the Obama administration, asserting religious freedom, and rejecting the administration's Feb. 1 rulemaking. They asked for a more complete religious exemption.
04/11/13 ... A flood of comments also expressed concern with the religious freedom and conscience issues of the mandate.