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In the US, Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake

US Colorado Jack Philips

Denver, Colorado, USAP The Colorado baker who won a partial US Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple’s wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request for a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled […]

US baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

US Colorado Jack Phillips

Denver, Colorado, USAP A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the US Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled. In Tuesday’s ruling, Denver District […]

US Labor Department bolsters religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws

Labor Directive

RNS The government has a duty to allow contractors to be excused from federal anti-discrimination laws if they cite a religious reason for doing so, according to a new directive from the US Department of Labor. The order, issued Friday (10th August), is another sign of the Trump administration’s determination to accommodate religious conservatives, who have made […]

Seeing threat to religious freedom, US Attorney General announces special task force

Jeff Sessions religious freedom

RNS US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced during a Department of Justice summit in Washington that he is creating a religious liberty taskforce to challenge what he called a dangerous movement “eroding our great tradition of religious freedom”. Sessions said Monday the task force is an outgrowth of US President Donald Trump’s executive order directing […]

Justices hand down narrow ruling for Christian baker in US wedding cake case

Cake protest

RNS The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to design a cake for a couple’s same-sex wedding, a controversial case that was widely seen as a standoff between claims of religious liberty and LGBTQ rights. “The Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s consideration of this case was inconsistent with […]