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High court backs church in public benefits caseWASHINGTON (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
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 changeWASHINGTON (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 SenateWASHINGTON (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 filibusterWASHINGTON (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 RoeWASHINGTON (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 openWASHINGTON (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"We can respect the worth and dignity of everyone without erasing biological distinctives." -- Russell MooreWASHINGTON (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 ministryWASHINGTON (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
ANALYSIS: Back alleys & coat hangersLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Advocates of abortion have succeeded -- perhaps unknowingly -- in a return, in essence, to "back alley abortions" and "rusty coat hangers."
Today's Supreme Court decision striking down state regulations for abortion doctors and abortion clinics reflects a striking relationship to the long rhetorical history of the abortion debate.
According to abortion advocates, if abortions are no longer "safe and legal" (to ... Read More