Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Department of Justice has ended a policy created during the Obama Administration of interpreting the Civil Rights Act as prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on a party-line vote.
- The Trump Administration has made it easier for employers to claim a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo to the rest of the federal government stating that religious objections to government actions should be accommodated whenever possible.