Poll shows little change on marriage, but more support for other gay rights

Results from a recently released Gallup poll show  a majority of Americans continue to oppose same-sex marriage—but that the youngest voters support equal marriage rights for homosexual couples by a wide margin.

Would Jesus sue over WWJD letters?

A debt collection agency is accused of harassing debtors with the WWJD acronym.

Group says IRS should review Liberty University's tax-exempt status

A church-state watchdog group says the IRS should review Liberty University's tax-exempt status for its decision to revoke recognition of its Democratic Party club.

Sotomayor’s record on religion issues brief, unlikely to stir controversy

Supporters of separation between church and state reacted cautiously May 26 to President Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. She has ruled on only a handful of cases involving the First Amendment’s religion clauses.

Conservative ‘National Day of Prayer’ supporters upset over Obama snub

Conservative organizers of National Day of Prayer-related events expressed disappointment that President Obama chose not to mark the day May 7 in the same elaborate fashion as his predecessor.

Evangelical global-warming skeptics hire lobbyist

climate changeAs Congress debates clean-energy legislation, a conservative Christian group is ramping up lobbying efforts to raise questions about the science of climate change.

Groups urge Obama to proclaim 'inclusive' day of prayer

The Interfaith Alliance and Jews on First called on President Obama to proclaim an "inclusive" national day of prayer May 7 instead of endorsing a National Day of Prayer Task Force headed by Shirley Dobson.

Vermont is first state to approve gay marriage legislatively

On April 7, Vermont became the first jurisdiction in the United States to successfully legalize same-sex marriage through legislative means.

Iowa Supreme Court says state cannot deny marriage to gays

Iowa will soon join the ranks of states that allow same-sex marriage, thanks to a unanimous April 3 ruling by the state’s highest court.

Arizona high court declares state’s voucher program unconstitutional

The Arizona Supreme Court March 25 delivered the latest in a string of blows to the movement to provide tax funding for tuition at private and religious schools.

Presidential prayer effort proves to be bipartisan

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Presidential Prayer Team has lost some members but gained more in its transition to praying for new president Barack Obama.

Groups oppose rules limiting books in prison chapels

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is among several religious and civil-liberties groups objecting to proposed rules giving federal prisons more leeway to ban religious books that officials believe could incite violence or criminal behavior.

Obama ends restrictions on embryonic stem-cell study

With a March 9 executive order, President Obama made official what many scientists had long anticipated—and many religious conservatives had long feared—lifting his predecessor’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.

Budget reflects major shift in poverty policy

President Obama’s first proposed budget signals a dramatic shift in prioritizing domestic poverty, centrist and liberal Christian leaders said.

Court to consider case involving cross on federal land

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could lead to the first major church-state decision under the panel’s current makeup.
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