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Written by Don Byrd, these updates bring together the latest news impacting the conversation around religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

U.S. Senate passes bill protecting interracial and same-sex marriages after votes on religious liberty amendments

U.S. Senate passes bill protecting interracial and same-sex marriages after votes on religious liberty amendments

New federal legislation that would require states to recognize marriages that are lawfully performed in other states – including same-sex and interracial marriages – appears poised to become law after an amended version of the Respect for Marriage Act passed the U.S. Senate this week on a 61-36 vote.
Religious freedom election results, including a slim rejection of a religious freedom amendment in Arkansas

Religious freedom election results, including a slim rejection of a religious freedom amendment in Arkansas

Ballot measures in Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia involved religious freedom in 2022, and the results were a mixed bag.
Citizen advocates from across the country mark Native American Heritage Month by urging passage of the Save Oak Flat Act

Citizen advocates from across the country mark Native American Heritage Month by urging passage of the Save Oak Flat Act

Hundreds of religious liberty advocates are sending a letter to Congress asking for the passage of the Save Oak Flat Act (H.R. 1884/S. 915).
New research survey shows Americans don’t like Christian nationalism, do support the separation of church and state

New research survey shows Americans don’t like Christian nationalism, do support the separation of church and state

A new Pew Research Center Survey suggests that once they are sufficiently introduced to the concept, most Americans see clearly the dangers of Christian nationalism and know better than to merge patriotism and faith.
Federal appeals courts rule on legislative, judicial prayers

Federal appeals courts rule on legislative, judicial prayers

Two different federal appeals courts have recently ruled on cases involving prayers offered at official governmental proceedings.
Attacks on worshippers in Nigeria lead to calls for higher U.S. priority on religious freedom in Nigeria policy

Attacks on worshippers in Nigeria lead to calls for higher U.S. priority on religious freedom in Nigeria policy

A recent horrific attack on worshippers at a mosque in Nigeria is the latest in a rash of deadly attacks at houses of worship in the country, leading the USCIRF to report on the growing problem in Nigeria, which was “once known for its widespread religious diversity.”
U.S. senator draws criticism for espousing dangerous Christian nationalism mythology

U.S. senator draws criticism for espousing dangerous Christian nationalism mythology

A recent speech by Sen. Josh Hawley provides a clear example of the troubling reasoning of Christian nationalism, insisting that “without the Bible, there is no America.”
Supreme Court declines to expedite another religious liberty dispute, majority requires applicant to exhaust lower court options first

Supreme Court declines to expedite another religious liberty dispute, majority requires applicant to exhaust lower court options first

By a somewhat surprising 5-4 vote this week, the Court rejected the application of Yeshiva University to halt a New York state court order requiring it to recognize an LGBTQ group as an official student organization pending the outcome of litigation over the matter.
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