State Legislatures Wrestle with Same-Sex Marriage Objectors

State Legislatures Wrestle with Same-Sex Marriage Objectors

Written by Don Byrd Earlier this week, I posted about the “Pastor Protection Act” that is making its way through the Georgia legislature. The bill purports to allow clergy to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs. Of...
Ohio Judges Cannot Refuse Marriages for Religious, Moral Reasons

Ohio Judges Cannot Refuse Marriages for Religious, Moral Reasons

Written by Don Byrd Ohio’s Board of Professional Conduct has issued an opinion on the question of whether judges who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds may refuse to perform them. The Board warned that judges cannot perform some marriages while...
Complaints Allege Church-State Violations in Ohio School District

Complaints Allege Church-State Violations in Ohio School District

Written by Don Byrd A school district in Ohio received a 4th letter this week from a church-state group alleging the unlawful promotion of religion, particularly through its athletic programs. At Licking Valley schools, the letters claim, coaches have improperly...