Will the U.S. Supreme Court Take Another Government Prayer Case?

Will the U.S. Supreme Court Take Another Government Prayer Case?

Written by Don Byrd Earlier this week, the American Humanist Association (AHA) filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal in a case involving opening invocations at a school board meeting. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in March that...
Texas, Florida Governors Sign Legislation; Read About Your State

Texas, Florida Governors Sign Legislation; Read About Your State

Written by Don Byrd Here is a brief update on state legislation I have been following here on the BJCblog. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that allows child-placement agencies to refuse to provide service “under circumstances that...
Religious Objection Language Stalls Adoption Bill in Georgia

Religious Objection Language Stalls Adoption Bill in Georgia

Written by Don Byrd The final days of the Georgia Legislative session ended without producing a measure intended to modernize the state’s adoption laws. The bill stalled after the State Senate amended the bill (HB 159) to include a broad exemption from...
Texas Senate Advances Religious Refusal Bill

Texas Senate Advances Religious Refusal Bill

Written by Don Byrd The Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 522 on second reading by a 21-10 vote. The legislation would allow county clerks to recuse themselves from the issuance of marriage licenses if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. The...