Tag Archives: RFRA

INDIANA: Anti-Gay Pizza Shop Closes After 2015 Furor For Refusing To Cater Imaginary Same-Sex Wedding

The South Bend Tribune reports: Memories Pizza, the shop that became embroiled in the national debate over religious and civil rights and touched off a national media firestorm in 2015, has closed. A sign in the front window of the pizza shop says it was shuttered last month. Owners Kevin and Crystal O’Connor were the focus of intense criticism and ...

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DO NO HARM: House Dems Again Seek To “Correct” RFRA Law With Amendment Banning Discrimination

Via press release: With the support of leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today reintroduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption ...

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INDIANA: Woman Cites Mike Pence’s RFRA Law In Defense For Beating Her 7 Year-Old Son With Hanger

The Chicago Tribune reports: The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana’s religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs. Kihn Par Thaing, 30, of Indianapolis was arrested in February on felony abuse and neglect charges after a teacher ...

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DO NO HARM: House Democrats Seek To “Correct” Federal RFRA Law With Amendment Banning Discrimination On Religious Grounds

Via press release: Joined by leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) today introduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption ...

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GEORGIA: Disney Vows Boycott Over Anti-LGBT Bill

On Saturday, HRC head Chad Griffin asked Hollywood to boycott Georgia if the state’s anti-LGBT “religious liberty” bill becomes law. Today Griffin got his first result. Via the Hollywood Reporter: Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit will not film future movies in Georgia if a controversial bill that critics contend would legalize anti-gay discrimination is signed by that state’s ...

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GEORGIA: Tony Perkins Has The NFL Sadz

“In the NFL’s offseason, league officials are trying to invade someone else’s turf: Georgia’s. In the ongoing scrimmage over the state’s deflated religious freedom bill, the National Football League is using a familiar playbook to frighten Gov. Nathan Deal (R) out of signing H.B. 757, a shell of a measure that — in its old form — would have shielded ...

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NFL To Georgia: No Super Bowl For You Unless Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill

BOOM. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: If Georgia chooses to turn the “religious liberty” bill into law, be prepared: Atlanta may not get a Super Bowl. That was the suggestion from the NFL on Friday when the league released a statement in response to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s question about whether the league had any position on Georgia House Bill 757. The ...

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GEORGIA: Big Business Turns Up Heat On Gov. Nathan Deal, Demands Veto On Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill

From the Associated Press: Georgia’s business community and other opponents of a bill protecting those who object to same-sex marriage called Thursday for Gov. Nathan Deal to veto it, likely starting weeks of intense lobbying on the Republican. Some religious and political officials hailed the bill’s passage on Wednesday, thanking GOP leaders of the General Assembly for increasing “religious liberty” ...

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GEORGIA: Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill Goes To Governor

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Georgia Legislature over the course of a few hours Wednesday unveiled changes to a controversial “religious liberty” bill and gave it final passage, setting off a collision course with corporate leaders and gay rights advocates over charges that it would legalize discrimination in Georgia. House Bill 757 now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his ...

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MISSOURI: Democrats Filibuster Record Of Filibuster

Two days ago Democrats in the Missouri Senate launched a 39-hour filibuster in an ultimately failed attempt to thwart a vote on an anti-LGBT RFRA bill. They are at again today, this time filibustering the record of their filibuster. Listen at this link. #HEROES.

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VIRGINIA: Governor Vows To Veto RFRA Bill

The Virginian-Pilot reports: Legislation that has passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly says no minister or religious organization can be penalized for acting in accordance with a belief that marriage should be only between a man and a woman. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has promised to veto it. The House of Delegates passed the measure 59-38 on Wednesday. ...

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NOM Celebrates Missouri’s Anti-LGBT RFRA Vote

NOM is celebrating the failure of the heroic 39-hour Democratic filibuster to stop Missouri’s RFRA bill with a petition to the state’s lawmakers. They write: The Missouri Senate has passed an important resolution (SJR 39) that would allow the people of Missouri to protect religious liberties by amending their state constitution. Urge the House to pass it as well so ...

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MISSOURI: Democratic Filibuster Approaches 40th Hour UPDATE: GOP Ends Debate, Approves Anti-LGBT Bill

UDPATE BELOW. Earlier, from the Riverfront Times: They’re still talking. The Democratic caucus of the Missouri Senate began filibustering a controversial “religious freedom” proposal on Monday at 4 p.m. And as of 6 a.m. this morning, they were still holding the floor — that’s 38 hours, and counting. That appears to be a new record for the Missouri Senate; the ...

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MISSOURI: Democratic Filibuster Now In 29th Hour!

INCREDIBLE. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri is grabbing national headlines as word of Senate Democrats’ day-long filibuster spreads. A proposal by Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, is designed to protect wedding vendors and clergy from legal liability and government penalties if they decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies. Republicans are trying to put the question on the ...

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HISTORIC: Missouri Senate Democrats Pass 24-Hour Mark In Filibuster Against Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill [AUDIO]

UNBELIEVABLE. And it’s STILL going. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: A Democratic-led filibuster in the Missouri Senate of a religious freedom constitutional amendment passed the 24-hour mark late Tuesday afternoon as opponents of the measure charged it would enable anti-LGBT discrimination in the state. The filibuster, which was in response to Senate Joint Resolution 39, began shortly after ...

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MISSOURI: Senate Democrats Have Been Filibustering Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill All Night Long [AUDIO]

Holy cow! From the Riverfront Times: How to stop a piece of a legislation that would codify the right to discriminate against same-sex couples? For Missouri Democrats, the answer may be to just keep talking. Last night at 4 p.m., the Senate Democratic caucus began filibustering a joint resolution aimed at bringing a constitutional amendment to Missouri voters that would ...

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ATLANTA: City Council Resolution Unanimously Denounces Georgia’s Pending Anti-LGBT RFRA Law

The Georgia Voice reports: The Atlanta City Council on Monday voted to pass a resolution in opposition to House Bill 757, Senate Bill 129 or any other legislation that would discriminate against the state’s LGBT community. The resolution, proposed by Councilmembers Mary Norwood [photo] and Alex Wan, passed unanimously. It was co-signed by Councilmembers Yolanda Adrean, Natalyn Archibong, Michael Julian ...

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Tony Perkins Vs Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

Hate group leader Tony Perkins is furious with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who last week denounced his state’s pending RFRA bill by quoting from the bible. Perkins rants: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) used to be a Democrat, and on Thursday, it was easy to see why. The longtime congressman-turned-governor sounded a lot like his old party last week when ...

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WEST VIRGINIA: Senate Kills Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill

Rejected by a vote of 27-7. Woo and hoo. The HRC reacts: “For one day at least, West Virginia is spared from legislation that would increase the likelihood of unacceptable discrimination and a flood of expensive legal challenges,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Unfortunately, despite today’s events, more work lies ahead. LGBT West Virginians still remain at risk for ...

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WEST VIRGINIA: GOP Senate Majority Leader Chokes Up While Denouncing Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill [VIDEO]

Some promising news out of West Virginia last night: The state Senate has put the brakes on the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration bill (HB4012), making significant language changes that bill supporters say guts the measure. The Senate, on a 23-11 vote Tuesday evening, approved an amendment by Sens. Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha) and Ron Stollings (D-Boone) that said the RFRA law could ...

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