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  • High court urged to accept florist's appeal

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling it says requires a Washington state florist to violate her faith convictions or forfeit her business.

    The ERLC joined Roman Catholic and Jewish organizations, as well as a Muslim imam, in an Aug. 21 friend-of-the-court brief in support of Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. The brief argues the high court should accept the case to reaffirm that the practice of faith "does not end when a religious believer leaves her home or place of worship" and ... Read More

  • High court backs church in public benefits case

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow Monday (June 26) for the freedom of churches to participate in government programs with secular purposes.

    Seven of the high court's nine justices agreed the state of Missouri violated a church's right to exercise its faith freely by barring it from participating in a government-run, playground-resurfacing program. In its opinion, the court said excluding Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia "from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious" to the U.S. ... Read More

  • SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine's appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (6 months ago)

    The U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify religious liberty law by refusing to hear a former Marine's appeal, Family Research Council (FRC) representative Travis Weber said. Read More

  • Senate confirms Gorsuch to court after rules change

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch gained confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday (April 7), a day after a rules change in the deeply divided Senate made his approval possible.

    The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gorsuch, filling a seat on the high court that had remained vacant since the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia nearly 14 months ago. The ascendancy of President Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court occurred after the Republican majority voted to alter Senate rules to overcome a Democratic filibuster committed to blocking the federal appeals court judge from confirmation. Read More

  • Panel OKs Gorsuch; showdown set in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, April 04, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's approval by a Senate committee occurred the same day it became clear the Democrats have enough votes to block his confirmation barring a controversial rule change.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines Monday (April 3) to advance Gorsuch's nomination, but at least 41 Democratic senators have now announced they will oppose his confirmation, according to news reports. That means the Republican majority does not have the 60 votes necessary to halt a filibuster and bring about a floor vote. It appears the GOP leadership is willing to hold a vote to change the rules and confirm Gorsuch by a simple majority. Read More

  • Friends, foes debate Gorsuch; Democrats to filibuster

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Proponents and opponents voiced their opinions of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the final day of his hearing -- the same day the Senate's Democratic leader announced he would try to block a confirmation vote.

    After three days of appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch was followed by witnesses who urged panel members either to vote for or against his confirmation. Among the witnesses were a religious freedom expert who endorsed Gorsuch's confirmation and abortion and gay rights advocates who urged his rejection. Read More

  • Gorsuch affirms independence, refuses opinion on Roe

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch defended his judicial independence and refused to express his opinion on U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- including Roe v. Wade -- during the first two days of hearings on his nomination to serve as a justice.

    In his opening statement Monday (March 20) and in responses to questions this morning (March 21), the nominee to the high court assured the Senate Judiciary Committee of his willingness to rule against President Trump, who nominated him. The hearings will continue tomorrow, with a committee vote scheduled April 3. Read More

  • Divide over Neil Gorsuch on display as hearings open

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings opened Monday (March 20) with Republicans and Democrats, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, and conservatives and liberals pressing their conflicting cases regarding his nomination to the Supreme Court.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee began the latest hearings in what has been an often stridently contentious process for the last three decades with a day of opening statements -- first from the 20 members of the panel, then from the nominee. Gorsuch's statement came after the deadline for this article. Read More

  • High court accepts transgender case

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 31, 2016 (one year ago)

    "We can respect the worth and dignity of everyone without erasing biological distinctives." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The question of transgender rights will receive a hearing soon from the country's highest court.

    The Supreme Court announced Oct. 28 it will review a lower court opinion regarding the right of a student to use the public school restroom that matches her gender identity rather than her biological sex. Oral arguments in the case likely will take place in early 2017, and an opinion is expected before the court adjourns next summer. Read More

  • SCOTUS marriage ruling sparked year of ministry

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide one year ago this month, Southern Baptist Convention entities and cooperating Baptist state conventions sprung to action to help pastors and churches navigate the new cultural milieu.

    From books and conferences to videos and suggested church bylaw revisions, Baptist-produced resources have helped thousands with ministry, legal and family responses to the high court's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling June 26, 2015. Read More