Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The State of Texas filed an original action in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the State of California’s ban on state-funded travel to 11 states (including Texas) that have adopted policies California deems discriminatory on the basis of sexual orientation or gender.
- The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded a suit to Michigan district court for misapplying RLUIPA, in a case where prisoners contended they could not engage in group worship because the Department of Corrections does not recognize their religion (Christian Identity).
- A Maryland federal district court ruled against a private Christian school and removed it from the state’s school voucher program for low-income students because the school’s handbook does not include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in its statement on discrimination.
- A Maryland federal district court held that an ordinance violated RLUIPA because it required a special exception process for churches, but not schools, to build in conservation zones.
- New research from three political scientists suggests that the rise of the “Nones,” Pew Research’s term for Americans who claim no religious affiliation, may be slowing.
- An Associated Press survey suggests more than 20% of Fortune 100 companies have established faith-based employee resource groups.
- The Vatican published Pope Francis’ “Querida Amazonia,” which rejected calls to ordain married men as priests and women as deacons.