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Utah asks Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage recognition



If the high court declines to intervene, same-sex marriages performed in Utah during the brief window when such unions were legal will be eligible for spousal benefits on July 21.

Utah to appeal gay marriage case to Supreme Court

The Utah attorney general says he’ll challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Wheaton College gets pass on contraception mandate

The Supreme Court offers a further sign that it favors letting employers with religious objections avoid the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate.

Supreme Court approves sectarian prayer at public meetings

The Supreme Court declares May 5 that the Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but sectarian prayer.

Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s challenge

On March 25, the Supreme Court explores the murky territory where an employer’s religious rights collide with the interests of its employees or the government.

Harrison talks Hobby Lobby, health care in ‘op-ed’

Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison gives reasons why Americans need to discuss issues in the U.S. Supreme Court case against the Affordable Care Act.

Disputes over birth control fuel Obamacare fight

Conception. Pregnancy. Abortion. Abortifacient. Those words today are in a rhetorical swamp where contesting religious, medical and political views muddy understanding.

LCMS signs HHS-related amicus brief

The brief relates to upcoming Supreme Court cases — involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties — that resulted from the Affordable Care Act and its Health and Human Services’ mandate.

‘There is no defeat in Christ,’ ADF counsel reminds LCMS

Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, talks with LCMS members in a Jan. 23 webinar on the challenges to Americans’ religious freedoms.

Steady stream of abortion cases headed toward high court


It’s only a matter of time before the justices are likely to consider a new wave of state restrictions.

U.S. asks Court to review Hobby Lobby’s birth-control mandate challenge

Federal officials ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth-control coverage despite the business owner’s moral objections.

LCMS responds to Supreme Court ruling in marriage case

Responding to the June 26 decision striking down part of a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the LCMS issues a statement saying “we are saddened for our nation, even as we call our fellow Christians to faithfulness and prayer.”

Supreme Court marriage rulings: anything but simple


It’s not as simple as whether gays and lesbians can marry, and whether they become eligible for federal benefits. The two decisions are likely to create new questions for couples and employers.