Two years ago, a longtime customer walked into Barronelle Stutzman's flower shop with a request: the customer—who is gay—asked Stutzman to provide flowers for his wedding. Stutzman declined, citing her Christian faith's objections to same-sex marriage, and was eventually charged with violating Washington's state anti-discrimination statute.
This month the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to make same-sex marriage legal in the United States. While the courts and lawmakers have been wrestling with the rights of gay and lesbian Americans, so too have the country's churches.
Indiana is no longer the industrial and agricultural state that many perceive it to be. It's population has become more diverse as a result of its attractiveness to people fleeing the high costs of coastal living, and Indianapolis' success in drawing 'the creative class' and tech and innovative businesses. And that's why the Religious Freedom law has touched off such a battle in the state.
Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people.
American Christians are increasingly aware that the church has a political image problem, and are increasingly eager to repair it. Association with the Religious Right, the once-dominant political machine whose public credibility seems to be in steady decline, is quickly becoming a source of embarrassment for all but the most conservative congregations.
On June 5, Franklin Graham took to his Facebook page to provoke a boycott of Wells Fargo. The bank has released a series of nine new commercials profiling their customer diversity, including one featuring a lesbian couple learning sign language in advance of adopting a deaf child.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law SB101, the state's religious freedom bill, which prompted a sharp and vocal backlash. Critics say the bill will allow discrimination against the LGBT community on religious grounds.
In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, James Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse
The Arkansas Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that critics charge could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians in the name of religious beliefs. The passage came hours after Indiana’s governor promised a legislative fix for that state’s version of the bill, which has led to a national uproar and some boycotts.
Despite an outcry from businesses and organizations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act,' which critics say discriminates against gay Hoosiers and those visiting the state.
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