DOJ Says University of Iowa Violated First Amendment By De-Registering a Christian Group

by Neetu Chandak   The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday the University of Iowa violated First Amendment rights after deregistering a student Christian group. Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) stopped receiving recognition from the public university in November 2017 due to the organization’s statement of faith, which the university…

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Virginia Teacher Fired for Refusing to Use Transgender Student’s Preferred Pronouns

A Virginia high school teacher was fired Thursday for “insubordination” after he refused to use male pronouns when referring to one of his biologically female students. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that French teacher Peter Vlaming was terminated from his position Thursday night after the West Point School Board voted 5-0…

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Opposing Bills on LGBT Issues Could Intensify Ohio’s Lame-Duck Session

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Two Ohio bills expected for consideration during the lame-duck session could set the stage for a tense battle over religious freedom in the state. Republicans introduced in June, and later passed through the House, their “Pastor Protection Act,” which would protect religious leaders from lawsuits from members of the LGBT…

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As Mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean Made LGBT a Specially Protected Class Under Metro Law

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In 2009, when Karl Dean was Nashville’s mayor he signed into law an ordinance making “sexual orientations” and “gender identity” protected classes in Nashville’s non-discrimination employment policy. Two years later, Dean tried to require vendors wanting to do business with the Metro government to include the same LBGT protections in…

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