President Barack Obama plans to sign on Monday an executive order that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers from discrimination by federal contractors, the White House said. There is no new exemption for religious organizations.
The order bars federal contractors from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and protects federal employees from discrimination based on their gender identity.
The move comes after the failure of the White House to have the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed in Congress, and amid increasing calls by LGBT groups for a measure bypassing legislative approval. more >>
An atheist group is encouraging those opposed to the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling to crochet or knit rectangular pieces of fabric, meant to represent bricks, and send them into the organization's national office in Washington, D.C.
The Secular Coalition for America launched its "knit-a-brick" campaign earlier in July, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that corporations may refuse to provide birth control insurance coverage to its employees based on strongly-held religious beliefs. The atheist group plans to collect the "bricks" built by its supporters and sew a giant "wall" to symbolize the Separation of Church and State that it believes has been violated by the recent Supreme Court ruling.
The atheist group said on its website that it started the "knit-a-brick" campaign earlier this month to "harness outrage" following the Supreme Court ruling, as well as "create a striking visual impact for lawmakers and speak directly to Hobby Lobby's consumer base with the Knit a Brick campaign." more >>
A bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature would allow for individuals of any religion, or none at all, to solemnize marriages in the state.
Known as Ohio House Bill 591, the proposed legislation would expand the range of people who can solemnize a marriage, including non-theists.
"Any other person or entity that wishes to solemnize marriages shall register with the secretary of state and the secretary of state shall issue a license authorizing the person or entity to solemnize marriages in this state," reads HB 591 in part. more >>
A group advocating for marriage being legally recognized as only being between one man and one woman has called for a boycott of JP Morgan Chase.
National Organization for Marriage announced its boycott of the financial company earlier this week due to a survey the company did of employees that many believe was meant to punish employees who disagree with pro-LGBT positions.
Joseph Grabowski, director of communications for NOM, told The Christian Post that the idea for the boycott came when "Chase asked its employees in their annual survey whether they were 'allies' of the LGBT community." more >>
The lawsuit brought by Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim's Islamic relatives in Sudan has been dropped, a lawyer working on the case said, which could open the way for Ibrahim and her family to soon travel to the United States.
"We are no longer proceeding with the lawsuit," Abdel Rahman Malek, the relatives' lawyer, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Malek did not provide a reason for dropping the lawsuit. more >>
Pro-Life organizations have expressed cautious relief after the U.S. Senate failed to vote in favor of ending debate on a bill meant to counter the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.
Known as S. 2578, if enacted the bill would have compelled businesses like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Inc. to provide all FDA approved birth control methods despite the owner's religious objections to paying for drugs that could cause an abortion.
When S. 2578 was brought to a cloture vote Wednesday, it failed to get the necessary 60 votes to have debate ended and an up-or-down vote be given by the Senate. more >>