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China 'extremely concerned' by ASEAN statement on disputed sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was "extremely concerned" after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Se...

NLC Update (27/04/15)

As regular readers know I fought a long Freedom of Information (FoI) battle with North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) in order to discover more about the Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) which was carried out before the Council finally implemented new pay arrangements in January 2007. Show More Summary

Preachers from the Palace of Wisdom, or: Ranterism in the UK

7 hours agoReligion : The Revealer

Ed Simon reviews Nigel Smith’s Ranter Writings: Spiritual Liberty and Sexual Freedom in the English Revolution.

Freedom of Conscience Wins a Round

Amidst the unrelenting bad news regarding freedom of conscience it's refreshing to read a bit of constitutional sanity.

US Marshals Service Whistleblowers Allege Officials Use Freedom of Information Act to Retaliate Against Them

Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allegedly using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to retaliate against them for seeking to report systemic abuses of power. In a letter to the Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the Justice Department, Grassley, who [...]

Silk Road Judge Denies Retrial Despite Agents’ Alleged Corruption

New corruption charges against two federal agents and a pile of other complaints from Ulbricht's defense isn't enough to win Silk Road's creator a second chance at freedom. The post Silk Road Judge Denies Retrial Despite Agents’ Alleged Corruption appeared first on WIRED.

Kentucky court upholds freedom of printers not to print

The Kentucky court concluded that Blaine Adamson did not violate the law when he declined to print expressive shirts promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

Plaintiffs Fighting for the Freedom to Marry Gather Outside SCOTUS Ahead of Tomorrow's Oral Arguments

12 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

On the eve of the Supreme Court's historic hearing on the freedom to marry, the plaintiffs families and attorneys from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee gathered outside the high court's chambers. Happening now: #Marriage plaintiff families gather at Supreme Court...

FRC launches new site: 'Freedom' to discriminate against LGBT people, so long as you say 'my religion'

12 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

And now here's the latest project from anti-LGBT animus group Family Research Council. It's a roundup of many names you know for the sole reason that they wanted to forcefully oppose LGBT people without repercussion, speak out against what they...

Adoptee Access to Birth Certificates Protects Their Parents' Privacy

As the nation watches the Indiana battle between religious freedom and discrimination against same sex couples, there is another, little known civil rights battle playing out in the Hoosier state (and elsewhere in the U.S.): AdoptedShow More Summary

Christian Printer Wins Religious Freedom Battle With LGBT Group

Blaine Adamson is the owner and operator of a t-shirt printing business called Hands On Originals in Lexington, Kentucky. A man of faith, Adamson conducts his business in accordance with his Christian teachings. “At the end of the day, what … More » The post Christian Printer Wins Religious Freedom Battle With LGBT Group appeared first on EveryJoe.

California Churches Continue Battling State Mandate to Fund Abortions

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox will testify Tuesday before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Health regarding Assembly Bill 1254. The bill would reverse the California Department of Managed Health Care’s mandate that all employers, even churches, include elective abortion in their health insurance plans. Show More Summary

A SCOTUS Ruling, Marriage Equality, and the Hobby Lobby Law Walk Into a Bar

15 hours agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

Two of the biggest LGBT legal issues on everyone's mind right now are the upcoming Supreme Court hearings on marriage equality and Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. How are the two going to impact each other?

GLAD: From Goodridge To Obergefell

15 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Important history from GLAD: "On April 28, 2015, Mary Bonauto will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court for the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples nationwide. In 2001 Mary and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed the case that first brought marriage equality to the U.S. Show More Summary

What Happened in Vegas

Since I gave a pretty full account this morning of the Faith and Freedom Coalition cattle call in Waukee, IA, I guess I should give equal time to the other...

Writers’ PEN Protest Reignites Charlie Hebdo Debate

16 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Valentina Calà / (CC BY 2.0) In a move that’s sparked renewed debate over Charlie Hebdo, six novelists have withdrawn as hosts from a PEN American Center event in protest of the annual Freedom of Expression Courage award being givenShow More Summary

Ted Cruz: We Must 'Fall to Our Knees in Prayer' That SCOTUS Does Not Rule for Marriage Equality - VIDEO

16 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

At Iowa's Faith & Freedom Summit on Saturday, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz attacked "liberal fascists" in the "radicalized" Democratic party for persecuting Christians, attacking "religious liberty", and seeking to destroy "traditional" marriage. Watch Cruz's remarks, if you can stomach...

Court Says ‘Religious Freedom’ Gives T-Shirt Company The Right To Discriminate Against LGBT Group

Do LGBT nondiscrimination laws infringe upon religious freedom? One Kentucky judge thinks so. The post Court Says ‘Religious Freedom’ Gives T-Shirt Company The Right To Discriminate Against LGBT Group appeared first on ThinkProgress...

'America Is Ready': Freedom to Marry Founder Evan Wolfson on Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court

16 hours agoNews : Vice News

Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson wrote his Harvard Law thesis in 1983 about gay marriage, and has been working for 32 years to drum up support for marriage equality. He answers question on the long arc of his equal rights fight and how he feels ahead of oral arguments on Tuesday.

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