Florida House Bill 401 would allow businesses, individuals, health care facilities and providers, adoption agencies, and other institutions to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The bill is an overreaching response to gay organizations filing discrimination complaints against bakeries and florists for refusing to participate in same-sex marriage festivities.
Sumayyah Dawud is a Man who identifies as a Muslim Woman. He was recently told he could not pray with Women because he is Male.
Muslim Transgender Woman Kicked Out of Mosque _ Phoenix New Times
The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed a judgment for Jacob Doe, a pseudonym, who attended a parochial elementary school in the early 1980s and suffered damages for emotional injuries resulting from sexual abuse by F, a priest employed by the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation. Specifically, Doe alleged that the Church, after learning that F was an alcoholic and had sexually assaulted minors in the past, negligently assigned F to serve as the director of the school. Doe further alleged that, having made this assignment, the Church negligently failed to adequately supervise F or to warn others that F might be a danger to minors.
In writing about the need to extend statutes of limitations in childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits, the court noted that Professor Marci Hamilton observed that “[l]egislation that eliminates the civil [statute of limitations] or includes a discovery rule is supported by various studies on the long-term effects of child molestation and the likely delay in disclosure. Researchers in various studies have found-specifically in men who were sexually abused as children-that long-term adaptation will often include sexual problems, dysfunctions or compulsions, confusion and struggles over gender and sexual identity, homophobia and confusion about sexual orientation, problems with intimacy, shame, guilt and self-blame, low self-esteem, negative self-images, increased anger, and conflicts with authority figures. There is also an increased rate of substance abuse, a tendency to deny and delegitimize the traumatic experience, symptoms of [p]ost [t]raumatic [s]tress [d]isorder, and increased probability of fear and depression for all victims. Often, it is not until years after the sexual abuse that victims experience these negative outcomes. As clinician Mic Hunter has observed: ‘Some of the effects of sexual abuse do not become apparent until the victim is an adult and a major life event, such as marriage or birth of a child, takes place. Therefore, a child who seemed unharmed by childhood abuse can develop crippling symptoms years later . . . .'” (Footnotes omitted.) M. Hamilton, “The Time Has Come for a Restatement of Child Sex Abuse.” (emphasis added).
Doe v. Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp.
Republican Senator Dennis Kruse successfully guided legislation through the Indiana Legislature that confers on business a right to exercise “religious belief” in such a way as to not comply with laws views as “substantially burdening” the exercise of their religious beliefs. The legislation is a direct result of the insistence by GLBT Organizations that having a bakery bake a cake for a gay wedding is a constitutional right.
Senate Bill 101
Indiana House OKs controversial religious freedom bill
State Rep. Chuck Strohm (R) introduced a bill, the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act, to allow businesses like wedding cake bakers and photographers to deny services if it was “against the person’s religious beliefs.” State Rep. Emily Virgin (D) wants to amend the bill to require Christian businesses to post a public notice of discrimination if they intend to claim that they have a religious right to refuse service to GLBT people.
We support Virgin’s amendment.
Oklahoma Dem amendment_ Christian businesses must post notice of anti-gay discrimination
Marjorie Silva of Colorado’s Azucar Bakery is being investigated for discrimination based on religious belief after she refused to make a cake with an anti-gay message. We are not at all surprised to see this kind of action, given that gay activists have prioritized suing bakers and florists who refused to make cakes or provide flowers for same-sex couples’ marriages. We hope Silva wins, because we believe that the government should not have the power to force businesses to participate in speech that goes against their political or religious beliefs.
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Denver baker Marjorie Silva refuses anti-gay bible cake order
Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake – WTOP
A transgender woman was denied access to both the women’s and men’s sections of the Western Wall. Kay Long, who designs wedding dresses, evening gowns and costumes, approached the women’s section and was turned away by an Orthodox woman patrolling the site who said she is not a woman. She was not allowed into the men’s section because she does not look like a man and in any case would not wear a yarmulke.
Transgender woman denied access to Western Wall – Diaspora – Jerusalem Post.
Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker said that the city would drop controversial subpoenas that asked five local pastors for copies of some of their sermons and communications. The city passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which provides protections to city’s gay and transgender community at the expense of Women. Led by some of the subpoenaed pastors, organizers collected signatures to try to repeal the ordinance through a referendum.
As The Washington Post explains, “supporters of the repeal reportedly gathered 50,000 signatures, well over the 17,269 needed for inclusion on the November ballot.” But the city threw out thousands of them, saying they were invalid, and that meant the question was removed from the ballots.
A group of Christians sued Houston and in response, the city issued subpoenas for the sermons and communications of five pastors that the city said could help prove their case in court.
Houston Narrows The Scope Of Controversial Subpoena Of Pastors’ Sermons _ The Two-Way _ NPR
Houston Approves Equal Rights Ordinance With LGBT Protections
Houston, we have a problem – Alliance Defending Freedom
Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons in gay rights ordinance case – The Washington Post
Mayor Parker revises, narrows sermon subpoena request – Houston Chronicle
Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender children.
The lawyer for the 11-year-old transgender girl behind the complaint says Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese appears to be the first Catholic school board in North American to implement such a policy.
Tracey Wilson’s doctors determined she had gender dysphoria, but the Catholic school she attended indicated it could not accommodate her request to be treated as a girl.
Wilson’s family moved Tracey and her siblings to the public school system and filed a human rights complaint, which has now been resolved with the school board’s new policy.
“This is, as far as we know, certainly a North American first and probably a world first,” said the Wilson family’s lawyer, barbara findlay, who spells her name without capital letters.
Vancouver Catholic schools get transgender policy after human rights complaint by Tracey Wilson _ CTV News.
Human rights complaint prompts new gender policy in Vancouver Catholic schools – British Columbia – CBC News.