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Court breaks ranks, upholds marriage bans
Nov09

Court breaks ranks, upholds marriage bans

WASHINGTON (BP) — A federal appeals court upheld state laws that refuse to recognize same-sex marriage Thursday (Nov. 6), seemingly preparing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a contentious issue it has avoided so far. In a 2-1 opinion, a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati broke ranks and ruled four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — did not violate the U.S....

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Baptist leaders decry Houston’s sermon subpoenas
Oct16

Baptist leaders decry Houston’s sermon subpoenas

WASHINGTON (BP) — The city of Houston has “no business” in issuing subpoenas for the sermons of pastors who oppose a new homosexual-transgender rights ordinance, says Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist Russell D. Moore. Opposition to the ordinance is based in part on concerns it will violate the religious freedom of business owners and others who disagree with the measure. Also, foes think it will make...

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Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal
Apr07

Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on a New Mexico couple’s objection to photographing a same-sex ceremony sends a menacing signal about mounting government coercion, religious freedom advocates said. The high court announced without comment Monday (April 7) it would not review a lower court decision that found Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, Christians who operate a photography business, violated New...

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ERLC calls for prayer on eve of Hobby Lobby’s court hearing
Mar24

ERLC calls for prayer on eve of Hobby Lobby’s court hearing

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity has called for prayer in a U.S. Supreme Court case that promises to provide a landmark decision on church-state relations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and its president, Russell D. Moore, urged Southern Baptists and others to pray as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments Tuesday (March 25) in a consolidated...

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Moore: ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension close-minded cultural censorship
Dec19

Moore: ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension close-minded cultural censorship

NASHVILLE (BP) — The A&E network’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for comments regarding homosexuality constitutes a form of close-minded censorship that is unhelpful in a pluralistic society, lead Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore said. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission reacted to A&E’s Wednesday (Dec. 18) announcement that it had suspended...

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