The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 3: Small-Business Owners

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 3: Small-Business Owners

In Parts 1 and 2 of the series, we looked at how Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, affects churches, individuals, and faith-based nonprofits. Although in the short term these groups are still protected, the decision opens the door for serious challenges to religious liberty, some of which we are already seeing at

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 2: Faith-Based Organizations

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 2: Faith-Based Organizations

In Part 1 of the series, we looked at how Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, affects churches and individuals. The good news is that in the short term the religious liberty of these groups will be protected. However, we also noted that the decision, while not a direct threat to people of faith, opens the door for

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 1: Churches and Individuals

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 1: Churches and Individuals

Last year the Supreme Court handed down one of its landmark cases in Obergefell v. Hodges. Based on the opinion of five justices, same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. While legalization is not a direct threat to people of faith, it opens the door for serious problems. Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the decision, it has

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

If I were a Supreme Court justice who had to decide on gay marriage, and all I could rely on were the oral arguments made to the Court last week, I would almost certainly vote in favor. This is bad news for supporters of traditional marriage. I have been a vocal supporter and advocate for the traditional position over the last decade. But the argum

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

Once again, religious liberty is in the crossfire. The firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his personal views on homosexuality has reignited the debate about religious vs. sexual liberty. But who defines freedom and its limitations? Has religious liberty become a relic of the past? Has it become a “myth,” an “impossibility,” or a “trag

California Sued for Demanding That Churches Cover Abortion

California Sued for Demanding That Churches Cover Abortion

In yet another swipe at the people’s fundamental freedom, the state of California has ordered churches to cover abortion. As reported by Casey Mattox, a senior counsel in The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion.