Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert in three related cases, American Medical Association v. Cochran, Cochran v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and Oregon v. Cochran, that all challenge a final rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump Administration which banned providers that receive Title X funds from referring people for abortions.
- The Eleventh Circuit, sitting en banc, heard oral arguments in United States v. Corrine Brown, to determine if a juror was improperly removed from trial because he stated that the Holy Spirit had told him Brown was not guilty.
- A New York Federal District Court dismissed free exercise and equal protection challenges to the Rockland County Department of Health’s order requiring children between 6 months and 18 years of age to be vaccinated against measles in order to enter any place of public assembly, including for educational or religious purposes.
- The EEOC filed a religious discrimination suit against a Florida resort hotel alleging that an employee was fired after she refused to work on Saturdays due to her religious beliefs.
- A Native American group filed an emergency motion to stop the U.S. government from transferring an Apache sacred site in Arizona to a mining company.
- In Scotland, an evangelical speaker, Franklin Graham, filed suit alleging his appearance at a large arena was canceled in violation of the Scots Equality Act’s prohibition on religious discrimination.
- Belgian Catholics, with support from numerous other religious groups, challenge the Government’s 15-person limit for places of worship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.