Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A New York federal judge ruled in a narrow decision that anti-abortion protesters’ religious “sidewalk counseling” outside a medical clinic is protected under the First Amendment.
- Around 350 representatives from 80 countries gathered to kick off the first ever “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” at the State Department to combat religious persecution.
- A Michigan funeral home filed petition for a writ of certiorari with U.S. Supreme Court to review a 6th Circuit decision rejecting a religious freedom defense raised by the funeral home after firing transgender employee for violating the business’s dress code.
- A Canadian judge ruled that a law preventing charities from devoting more than 10% of their resources to political activities infringes on their constitutional right to free expression.
- A Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court remanded a case involving an Amish woman who refused to connect to a sewer system because the trial court ignored federal and state religious protections.
- A New York lawsuit argues that a law made specifically for Orthodox Jewish schools’ modified curriculum violates First Amendment.