Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The British Supreme Court found that a Christian-owned bakery did not discriminate against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake celebrating same-sex marriage.
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims religious schools are already allowed to reject LGBT students in light of a leaked report suggesting amendments to federal law that would allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
- Under new revisions to the laws, officials in China’s Xinjiang region can send those with “extreme” views, including “extreme” religious views, to re-education centers.
- The religious group Texas Values claims that the city of Austin’s non-discrimination ordinance, which provides no religious exemptions for employers including churches, violates the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- The Island of Hawai’i’s ACLU filed a complaint alleging religious discrimination against the town of Hilo’s DMV, claiming a Muslim woman’s license renewal was delayed eighteen weeks because she was a practicing Muslim.
- An Alaska judge found that Kenai Borough’s invocation policy, which allowed only members of recognized congregations to give invocations, violated the Establishment Clause of the state’s Constitution.
- A referendum to change the Romanian constitution to ban same-sex marriage failed based on low voter turnout.
- The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of an Oregon state court judge who claims his free speech and free exercise rights were violated after he was suspended for three years for screening same-sex couples looking to get married in his court.