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  • Critical Analysis of Obergefell v. Hodges

    by Travis Weber

    July 21, 2015: What did the Court hold in Obergefell? In a 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must license same-sex marriages and recognize such licenses issued by other states. The decision was based on the due process and equal protection provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment.

  • Religious dissenters must be free to follow beliefs

    by Travis Weber

    April 01, 2015: Should the Supreme Court alter the law concerning same-sex "marriage" later this year, it will be even more important to protect those who do not believe such relationships can be "marriages" at all from being forced to violate their beliefs. These would-be dissenters must be afforded the right to disagree and the freedom to live in accord with their religious convictions.

  • State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs): What are they and why are they needed?

    by Travis Weber

    March 31, 2015: Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) refers to a state law that mirrors the federal statute by the same name and which prohibits the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a high level of legal scrutiny. Then-U.S. Representative Chuck Schumer (D-NY)and U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and then-State Senator Barack Obama are just a few examples of political leaders who have voted for a RFRA at the state or federal level.

  • Domestic Religious Freedom: Substance or Fluff?

    by Travis Weber

    January 16, 2015: Throughout 2014, as news outlets consistently highlighted threats to religious freedom overseas, many Americans became increasingly aware of concerns surrounding religious freedom at home. Entering 2015, we have the opportunity to clarify our focus on this issue as we celebrate our First Freedom anew on January 16-Religious Freedom Day.

  • US Supreme Court: Can Government Restrict How a Church Can Use Signs?

    by Travis Weber

    January 15, 2015: On January 12th, I attended Supreme Court oral arguments in a case-Reed v. Town of Gilbert-which will determine how easily the government can restrict signs giving directions to church services. Specifically, the Court is set to decide whether, under free speech protections of the First Amendment, a local government's mere assertion that its sign code (despite on its face discriminating based on content) lacks a discriminatory motive renders the sign code content-neutral and justifies the code's differential treatment of signs pointing the way to a church's meeting location.

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