Liberals are casting a cautiously optimistic eye toward Indiana after Governor Mike Pence stated that an effort will be made to clarify the implementation of the Hoosier state's religious freedom law.
In response to criticism over Indiana's recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Governor Pence announced his plans to make sure the law clearly states that gays will not be discriminated against.
While many conservatives expressed disappointment with Pence's remarks, groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State approved of the possible adjustments. more >>
The major retail chain Walmart has declined to say what specific part of the state's controversial religious freedom bill it opposes.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon released a statement Tuesday denouncing the Arkansas legislature's passage of House Bill 1228, which he claimed was anti-gay.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, issued a ban on all non-essential state-sponsored travel to Indiana Tuesday in what he says is a stand in solidarity with gay rights advocates opposing the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Pence last week.
"Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately," said Cuomo in a statement Tuesday.
"New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected," added Cuomo. more >>
A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their wedding.
Although Stutzman sold flowers to Ingersoll for nearly a decade and maintained a positive relationship with him, when he asked her to provide flowers for his same-sex wedding, she felt she could not act against her Christian conviction to serve her friend. more >>
Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana addressed the backlash over his Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Sunday in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
"I support religious liberty, and I support this law," Pence said. "But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there's a way to clarify the intent of the law."
The law is meant to protect individuals and businesses from performing services that infringe on their religious beliefs. For example, a Christian business that does not want to serve a gay couple would have the freedom to withhold services without fear of legal retribution. Opponents of the law say that it is a blatant form of discrimination, and Stephanopoulos asked the governor whether he regretted signing the law into effect. more >>
Lifesite News has a nearly 5,000 word interview with a traditionalist Cardinal about Catholic controversies and doctrine, which a Religion News Service headline remarkably distilled down to "Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same."
This characterization of Burke's supposed view was quickly echoed in Huffington Post and the liberal Twittersphere. Here's the actual Lifesite News interview text on which the RNS headline is based:
LSN: Among the viewpoints of Cardinal Kasper and, more recently, Bishop Bonny of Antwerp, and others, was the consideration that "faithful" homosexuals, "remarried" divorcees and non-married couples show qualities of self-sacrifice, generosity and dedication that cannot be ignored. But through their choice of lifestyle, they are in what must be seen by outsiders as an objective state of mortal sin: a chosen and prolonged state of mortal sin. Could you remind us of the Church's teaching on the value and merit of prayer and good actions in this state? more >>