Thousands sign petitions calling for mayor to reinstate chief fired over Christian book

Minister sues Mich. for right to marry same-sex couples

The problem with exposing kids to sexual and violent content

Ofsted quiz kids at Christian school on ‘what lesbians do’

NYT same-sex marriage advocate claims ‘live and let live,’ but wants gov’t coercion, Ryan Anderson argues

Is a lavish wedding a prelude to divorce?

Forced down the same-sex wedding aisle

Baker who wouldn’t make cake for same-sex couple says commissioner compared him to Nazis

Christian cake artist Jack Phillips labeled a ‘Nazi’ by Civil Rights Commissioner due to same-sex marriage stance

Judge rejects mayor’s demand in transgender fight

City, mayor of Atlanta playing with constitutional fire

The Atlanta fire chief fired

    First Things: The story of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s dismissal is circulating widely around the web, and for what looks to be good reason. The affair has been reported widely, with stories and follow-ups here and here and here and here. Rather than rehearse all the details of his firing, I’ll point you to Ryan Anderson’s article and analysis. There are disputes over what exactly happened: Was Cochran fired for failing to follow municipal guidelines for publishing a book? Or, were the views expressed in the book (which deemed homosexuality immoral) the true pretext for his dismissal? It seems the answer is yes, to both.

  • Posted: 01/14/2015
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Grotesque double standards on religious liberty in Atlanta

Christian cake company’s refusal to bake pro-same-sex marriage cake compared to slavery, holocaust by colorado commissioner

Massachusetts: The best state for children?

Same-sex marriage warning as Florida introduces redefinition

Irish PM ‘happy to campaign strongly’ for same-sex marriage

Gender-neutral single-stall restrooms now required in West Hollywood

CO civil rights commissioner compares baker who refused to service gay weddings to Nazis

Atlanta mayor dismisses fire chief over Christian book

Atlanta mayor accused of religious bias after dismissing fire chief over book

Fire chief terminated for Christian view of marriage; hires attorney to vindicate right to free speech

Commissioner compares free speech to slavery, Nazism

ADF files court brief in CO over ‘slave owner’ comment

State compares Christian baker to Nazis

Fired for his faith

Baker compared to ‘slave owners and perpetrators of the holocaust’ by gov’t officials, lawyers claim

Same-sex divorce granted by family court judge

Cautious about marriage, but not cohabitation

‘Gay Christian Network Conference’ features “Third Way” pastor

Cake maker who refused to bake for same-sex wedding labeled a ‘Nazi’ by Colo. civil rights officials

Revealed: Colo. commissioner compared cake artist to Nazi

Judge rules South Dakota’s marriage law unconstitutional

On Frank Bruni’s sincerely held beliefs

Starkville mayor vetoes board’s repeal of non-discrimination resolution

City officials might say “I’ve got to put my Bible under my desk and keep my mouth shut about what I believe,” says ousted Atlanta fire chief

Judge O’Scannlain’s dissent from denial of en banc review in marriage cases

    National Review: Late last Friday, the Ninth Circuit issued an order denying the petitions for rehearing en banc in the Nevada and Idaho marriage cases. The order includes a strong dissent from Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, joined by Judge Johnnie B.Rawlinson and Judge Carlos Bea. (It’s possible that other judges voted for rehearing but chose not to register their votes publicly, but, given the composition of the Ninth Circuit, I doubt that the vote margin was close.) Rawlinson is a Clinton appointee. Given the dissent’s discussion of Loving v. Virginia, I’ll also note that she is African-American.

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“Religious liberty” is now a right-wing “dog whistle”

Over 40,000 sign petitions calling on Atlanta’s mayor to reinstate Christian fire chief Kelvin Cochran who was fired for his Biblical beliefs

Religious liberty vs. erotic liberty–religious liberty is losing

Strip clubs linked to crime, but ban them? The law’s on their side

Court denies one same-sex marriage case (UPDATED)

Issue same-sex marriage license, lose your salary, Texas bill would tell state employees

Law society council upholds Trinity Western accreditation

Religious bias issues debated after Atlanta Mayor’s dismissal of fire chief

Church takes aim at Atlanta fire chief’s dismissal

Civil Rights Commish compares Christian cake artist to Nazis, slave owners

NI council calls for quango to drop Christian bakery case

City of Atlanta: No orthodox Christians need apply

War on Poverty: WMass sees link between teen pregnancy, poverty

Study finds more reasons to get and stay married

Belgian bishop says Catholic Church should bless same-sex couples

Supreme Court delays action on same-sex marriage

ADF hoping for high court’s affirmation re: marriage

Same-sex marriage primed for review as U.S. high court gathers

America awaits justices’ action on same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples await US Supreme court ruling

Atlanta fire chief who criticized homosexuality may fight ouster

Atlanta fire chief sacked in book controversy may sue city

Houston, we still have a problem: Mayor at it again

Atlanta fire chief fired for expressing Christian beliefs

Atlanta Mayor fires fire chief who wrote Christian book calling homosexuality ‘perversion’

Same-sex marriage showdown in the Fifth Circuit on Friday

Sen. Marco Rubio laments court rulings on same-sex marriage

Glendale will not have new non-discrimination ordinance by Super Bowl

America awaits justices’ action on same-sex marriage

Hitching Post, Cd’A seek to avoid trial

To restore marriage, restore labor unions?

Same-sex spouses of Florida state employees granted health insurance, retirement benefits

Supreme Court to meet again to decide on hearing same-sex marriage

It’s a matter of when, not if, the Supreme Court will tackle same-sex marriage

Miami archbishop warns employees against supporting same-sex marriage, even in a tweet

United Methodists settle complaint against bishop over same-sex wedding