When the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay scouts in 2013, nobody busted out the rainbow flags and declared a cultural victory. That’s because in the same breath, the organization upheld its ban on LGBT adult scout leaders, essentially saying that a gay Boy Scout was “trustworthy, loyal and helpful” only until [Read More…]
Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (below) codified discrimination against LGBT people, atheists, women, unmarried couples, pregnant people, and virtually anybody else who could pose a “threat” to a person’s religious expression.
The freshly-signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects people from governmental consequences for discriminatory acts they commit, as long as they were acting on their deeply-held religious beliefs. The exact text says that the law:
Officials from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), that church’s largest denomination in the country, have changed their constitution to be more inclusive of same-sex marriages.
A majority of the church’s regional bodies approved a change recommended by the General Assembly last year: the church’s constitution now defines marriage as “between two people” rather than between a man and a woman.
The California Supreme Court has taken another step to formally oppose the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on LGBT adult leaders: State court judges may no longer participate in the BSA. Judges have a year to end their relationships with the organization, which in 2013 lifted its ban on LGBT youth Scouts, but not on adult leaders.
This is an extension of an earlier decision in California, which said in vaguer terms that judges couldn’t belong to groups which discriminate against members based on sexual orientation. Until now, youth groups had been an exception to that rule.
Lawmakers in why-is-this-still-happening Oklahoma are still pondering a Religious Freedom Act, which would make it legal for businesses to refuse service to certain people, say, LGBT people or people of a different race, if serving them would violate their religious beliefs.
Oklahoma Democratic State Rep. Emily Virgin (below) has a perfect solution to one-up this gross proposal: Businesses who plan to “exercise their religious freedom” by discriminating against certain groups of people must post a public notice of their intention to do so.
Here’s Virgin’s amendment to HB 1371: