The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBT advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over the state's recently passed ban on transgender bathroom ordinances.
Joined by Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina, the ACLU suit was filed Monday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
"This lawsuit challenges a sweeping North Carolina law, House Bill 2 ('H.B. 2'), which bans transgender people from accessing restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and blocks local governments from protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ('LGBT') people against discrimination in a wide variety of settings," reads the suit's introduction. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a group of cases challenging the Affordable Care Act's requirement that nonprofit employers offer healthcare coverage that includes contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization.
The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and a variety of religious nonprofits.
Many of the arguments that have been put forth in support of the plaintiffs involve conscience rights. These are important arguments that certainly deserve attention. However, in the amicus brief I filed in on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, I emphasized public-health arguments which have received relatively little media attention. more >>
Bangladesh's highest court will weigh this weekend whether Islam should be abandoned as the official state religion, leading thousands of Muslims to take to the streets in protest and threaten violence.
On Sunday, the Bangladesh Supreme Court will hear a petition to remove Islam as the official religion and make the 90 percent-Muslim nation a secular state for the first time in 28 years.
Although Bangladesh was originally formed as a secular state in 1971 when it won its independence from Pakistan, the nation's Constitution was amended in 1988 under the pressure of dictator H.M. Ershad to declare Islam as Bangladesh's official religion in order to help him win support over political enemies that attempted to oust him. more >>
A Federal district court has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over data and information concerning the several conservative and tea party nonprofit organizations the nation's tax collecting agency targeted for unfair scrutiny.
The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Court instructed the IRS Tuesday to provide the court with a list of all the organizations that the agency mistreated because of its political bias so those affected can file a class-action lawsuit and seek damages from the IRS.
Although a federal district court had already ordered the IRS to disclose the list, the agency contended that it could not release the information because of a general rule that states "returns and return information shall be confidential." more >>
The federal government has the authority to force churches to comply with Obamacare regulations that force employers to provide contraceptive and birth control coverage to their employees, the Obama administration's top lawyer argued Wednesday before the United States Supreme Court.
Although churches and other houses of worship are exempt from having to comply with the Health and Human Services contraception and abortion-pill mandate, religious nonprofits and colleges are not exempt from having to comply with an accommodation to the mandate that forces them to notify the government of their religious objections so that the government can insure that the issuers of their health plans still provide the objected coverage under their plans.
Should the organizations not comply with the accommodation, they would be forced to pay upwards of $100 per employee in fines, which for many of the organizations would result in the loss of millions of dollars. more >>
A court in Malaysia issued a landmark ruling Wednesday allowing a Muslim man who was converted to Islam by his parents at the age of 10, to officially renounce Islam and legally embrace Christianity, according to a local news outlet.
The Borneo Post Online, the largest English news site in Borneo, reports that Justice Yew Jen Kie of the Kuching High Court has allowed 41-year-old Rooney Rebit, formerly known as Azmi Mohamad Azam Shah, to be identified as a Christian.
In making his decision, Yew cited Article 11 of the Malaysian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. more >>