Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint on behalf of three high school girls challenging the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy of allowing males who identify as female to compete in girls’ athletic events.
- The Court of Appeal of the United Kingdom held that an Islamic “nikah” ceremony did not qualify as a wedding under English marriage law because it was not performed in a registered wedding building, no certificates were issued, and no registrar was present.
- The U.S. Air Force updated its regulations to formally allow members to request waivers to wear beards, turbans, hijabs, and other items for religious reasons.
- The Forward, a Jewish media publisher, filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department demanding access to public records related to anti-Semitic hate crimes after months of unsuccessful requests under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.
- A federal district judge dismissed a First Amendment lawsuit filed by an Evangelical Christian professor at a public university who was disciplined after refusing to address a transgender student by the student’s preferred title and pronouns.
- A state judge in Louisiana ordered a public hearing on the confidentiality of e-mails between Roman Catholic officials and the New Orleans Saints football team concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.
- The Clark County School District Board in Las Vegas (NV) will no longer begin its meetings with prayer after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
- A federal district judge ordered a trial over a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol.
- Three officials with the Philippines-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church were arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles (CA) and charged with conspiring to commit forced labor trafficking, document servitude, and immigration and marriage fraud.