By this time next year, fair housing law could be neutered, unions could be hobbled, billionaires could be free to spend millions to put their favorite candidates in office, and the right to choose an abortion could be meaningless.
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Dean Young, one of nine Republicans running in a special election to replace long-time Rep. Jo Bonner (R) in Alabama’s first district, wants his fellow candidates to sign a pledge to discriminate -- and to affirm that they belong to a church whose tenants include opposing marriage equality.
Voting almost entirely on party lines, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced today that it will not disturb the Obama Administration's rules ensuring that most employer-provided health plans will cover birth control.
Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew unilaterally renamed a seven-month-old boy because she objected to the parents' selection of "Messiah." Her reasoning: "The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ."
Obviously, this is an intentionally absurd story of a man finding a legal loophole and exploiting it in a humorous (and harmless) way. But Novy's Pastafarian ID card does speak to a broader problem facing any religious liberty regime.