A North Carolina jury has decided in favor of a conservative professor of criminology who claimed that his academic institution denied him a promotion for ideological reasons.
The jury ruled Thursday in favor of Mike Adams, who back in 2006 was denied a promotion to a full professorship by the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
A federal judge in Kentucky granted on Wednesday an extended stay on his February ruling that lifted part of the state's ban on gay marriage, forcing it to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II granted lawyers defending the state's same-sex marriage ban an extended stay, agreeing that immediately allowing the recognition of out-of-state marriages in Kentucky pending an appeal could result in "chaos." Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and lawyers from an Ashland-based firm are currently appealing Heyburn's February ruling in the U.S. 6th Circuit of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Heyburn said he granted the stay because he thinks it is "best that these momentous changes occur with full review, rather than risk premature implementation or confusing changes. That does not serve anyone well." Heyburn added that Beshear's lawyers haven't necessarily shown they are likely to win the appeal. more >>
Robert Henry was executed by the state of Florida last night for the murders of his co-workers in November 1987. Before dying, he bashed the death penalty and apologized, saying that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
"Hopefully, in the not-so-distant future, this society shall truly evolve in its law and practice, in that if we are not a society who are comfortable with castrating and raping a rapist, and we do not chop off the hands of thieves, well then, why would we continue to be murderers to those who have murdered?" Henry asked in his final statement.
Henry was found guilty of beating and burning Janet Cox Thermidor and Phyllis Harris in 1987. He wanted to rob the Cloth World fabric store where he worked with the women, even though he didn't need the money, he told detectives. Later, Henry claimed he was addicted to crack and was under a "cocaine-induced psychosis." more >>
A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts that refused to sell a historic mansion to a gay couple is facing mounting legal pressure.
Massachusetts' Attorney General Martha Coakley recently filed a brief in support of the gay couple who are suing the Diocese of Worcester alleging discrimination.
Filed before superior court earlier this month on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Coakley argued that the diocese's actions constituted "sexual orientation discrimination." more >>
The Salvation Army settled on Tuesday a decade-old religious discrimination lawsuit, agreeing to notify employees who work in its government-funded programs in the New York region in writing that it will not ask them about their religious beliefs.
The Salvation Army admitted no wrongdoing when it agreed to a settlement this week. The Christian organization will pay $450,000 to the plaintiffs who brought a religious discrimination lawsuit against it in 2004. The plaintiffs alleged that the charity, known for its red kettle donation drives over the holidays, required job applicants and employees in the greater New York area to acknowledge their work was done with "the Gospel of Jesus Christ" in mind.
According to a statement by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the "discrimination" occurred in 2003 due to a "reorganization plan" implemented by the charity to narrow the gap between social work and church services. more >>
An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>