First Five: Gay marriage in Kentucky, social media ban for college athletes, and protected spanking

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INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT

CLERKS, CONSCIENCE, AND THE CASE FOR COMMON GROUND

Charles C. Haynes, Newseum Institute
Protecting religious conscience is a key American principle — but it does not extend to denying gay couples in Rowan County the ability to exercise what the Supreme Court has recognized as a constitutional right.

IN THE NEWS

SOCIAL MEDIA BANS MAY VIOLATE COLLEGE ATHLETES’ FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Mina Kimes, ESPN
Coaches argue they are protecting their players, and some claim the players imposed the rules by themselves. If brought to court, schools will argue that student-athletes are different than their peers, suggesting that players already endure extra oversight such as practice schedules and curfews.


CHILDREN OF THE TRIBES

Julia Scheeres, Pacific Standard
To spank or not to spank? A religious sect known as the Twelve Tribes, whose members think of themselves as direct descendants of the Puritans, claims a disciplined child becomes a disciplined adult. Do children suffer under this First Amendment-protected belief?


‘GOD IS STILL IN OUR SCHOOLS!’: VIDEO SHOWS MASS BAPTISM AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PRACTICE

Bethania Palma Markus, Raw Story
A high school football coach in Villa Rica, Georgia, promoted his personal religious beliefs in what appears to be a mass baptism on the field. The Villa Rica Touchdown Club later promoted the video on social media, asking users to share it with others.


COURT RULES FOR GRAN TURISMO IN TRADEMARK SUIT, CITES FIRST AMENDMENT

Christian Nutt, Gamasutra
An Italian flooring manufacturer brought Sony to court because its name and logo appear in the Gran Turismo video games. However, the judge declared third party content, including trademarks, is permitted by U.S. law under the First Amendment.


LEGAL BATTLE OVER FIRST AMENDMENT PLAYS OUT AT DENVER COURTHOUSE

Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post
A row that started in July over jury nullification brochures has escalated into a turf war outside a Denver courthouse and a legal battle between city officials and activists.

 

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