A couple in Oregon who lost their bakery business because they refused to make a gay wedding cake are appealing the decision that found them guilty of discrimination.
Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of discrimination by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and forced to pay $135,000 in damages.
Filed in the Oregon Court of Appeals on Monday, the appeal argues that Oregon violated the religious freedom of the Kleins by punishing them for practicing their sincerely-held religious beliefs. more >>
Colorado's highest court declined to hear an appeal from a Christian baker who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The Colorado Supreme Court decided Monday to not hear an appeal from Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., who had been found guilty of discrimination by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
"Upon consideration of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals and after review of the record, briefs, and the judgment of said Court of Appeals, IT IS ORDERED that said Petition for Writ of Certiorari shall be, and the same hereby is, DENIED," read the decision. more >>
After a wave of media pressure, Muskogee District Attorney Orvil Loge agreed Monday to drop a civil forfeiture case against the volunteer American tour manager of a Christian rock band of Karen people from Burma and Thailand who was accused of drug trafficking.
"We are thrilled that District Attorney Loge has dropped the criminal case against Eh Wah and offered to return the money to the band, the church and the orphanage. The intense public scrutiny generated by this outrageous case led to justice being served. Unfortunately, civil forfeiture laws allow property to be seized from innocent people every day in this country. The law allows this to occur and most people do not have the media or pro bono counsel to fight it. Absent the extraordinary circumstances of this case, that property is almost always forfeited and lost for good, even if no one is charged with or convicted of a crime," Institute for Justice attorney Dan Alban said in the statement. more >>
The Christian family whose five children were seized by Norwegian child services is denying a recent report that they are going to be reunited with their children.
According to a post on the Facebook page associated with the Bodnariu family, a Romanian media report stated Tuesday that Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were going to be reunited with their children "very soon."
Although the parents have longed to be fully reunited with all of their children since they were removed from the home last November over what appears to be spanking allegations, the family could not confirm that such a claim is true. more >>
A former student at Missouri State University is suing the school, charging that the administration denied him a master's degree in counseling due to his moral opposition to homosexuality.
The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit on behalf of Andrew Cash on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern Division.
At issue was MSU's apparent removal of Cash from a master's program after he stated that because of his sincerely held religious beliefs he could not hypothetically counsel a same-sex couple on relationship issues. more >>
Whole Foods Market has filed a counter lawsuit against a gay pastor in Texas who accused a store in Austin of selling him a cake with a homophobic slur decorated on it, claiming security footage disproves the pastor's allegation.
Openly-gay Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin's Church of Open Doors alleged on Monday that he ordered a cake with the words "Love Wins" in blue icing on April 14 but was instead sold a cake that states "Love Wins F**."
Brown accused the store of writing the slur on the cake and filed a lawsuit seeking damages and relief for mental anguish. He also filmed a video that was later posted online showing what he claimed to be an unopened and sealed cake box with the cake inside. more >>