Clerks, conscience, and the case for common ground

On August 31, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from Kim Davis, a county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky who objects on religious grounds to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Undeterred, Davis turned away a gay couple the very next day.
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Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law faces critics, history

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defends his state’s new “religious freedom restoration” law, saying that “this bill is not about discrimination,” despite critics’ claims that it will be used for just that purpose — particularly against LGBT citizens.
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Justice Marshall: eloquent First Amendment defender

Thurgood Marshall is best known for being the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and as one of the attorneys who argued the education-desegregation case Brown v.
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First Amendment, equal protection can work together

The First Amendment protects us from government suppression of speech, including speech that’s offensive, repugnant and even hateful. Now and then, however, government at some level tries to discriminate against
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