Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Religious groups engaged in get-out-the-vote efforts before Tuesday’s midterm elections, seeking to galvanize support for both Democrats and Republicans.
- The Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against Shawnee State University officials after the university punished a professor for declining to use a student’s preferred pronouns.
- The Constitutional Court of Germany has ruled that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a religion and will not receive the same rights as Christian denominations.
- Utah House candidate Todd Zenger, running against a Jewish opponent, sent out a flyer asking voters to vote for “our god” and “our religion,” leading the Jewish Federation to issue a press release asking Zenger to clarify whether he means that he supports all Abrahamic religions.
- The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst in New Brunswick was awarded $3.4 million after its insurance company refused to compensate sexual abuse victims.
- Alabama voters approved two constitutional amendments: that the Ten Commandments can be displayed on public property as long as the display meets constitutional requirements and that the state’s policy is to recognize and support the importance of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.
- A couple who refused to vaccinate their child sued a Brooklyn yeshiva after their son was denied admission for failing to meet the school’s immunization requirements, claiming they were entitled to a religious exemption.
- A Third Circuit panel heard arguments in the City of Philadelphia’s lawsuit against a Catholic adoption agency that refused to place children with same-sex couples.
- West Virginia voters adopted a state constitutional amendment stating that “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”