Supreme Court Expands Religious Impunity

Two rulings greatly expand the ability to evade the law for on Free Exercise grounds.

Why Aren’t Nonprofits More Regulated?

A series of scandals at Oxfam and other charitable organizations raise troubling questions.

Supreme Court Begins What Promises To Be A Momentous Term

Previewing the next term of the Supreme Court, which starts today.

Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As Associate Justice Of Supreme Court

Judge Gorsuch is now Justice Gorsuch and it’s time to hit the ground running.

Gorsuch Sails Through First Day Of Questioning

Day One of the questioning of Judge Neil Gorsuch went very well, and it suggests that his path to confirmation is basically clear of serious obstacles.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Granting Special Protections To Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

Mississippi tried to provide special protection to opponents of same-sex marriage and transgender rights. A Federal District Court Judge, properly, finds the law to be unconstitutional.

SCOTUS Declines To Hear Appeal Of Pharmacists With Religious Objection To ‘Morning After’ Pill

The Supreme Court won’t hear the appeal of a pharmacist who objects to providing the ‘morning after’ pill.

Supreme Court Punts On PPACA Birth Control Mandate

Faced with the prospect of a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court instead came up with a decision on the PPACA’s birth control mandate that didn’t decide anything.

Justices Sharply Divided In Latest Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Case

The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked during oral argument in the latest case dealing with the PPACA’s contraceptive coverage mandates.

Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, And The Minister Who Thinks It’s Okay To Kill Gay People

Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee recently kept company with a very disturbing religious leader.

Supreme Court To Hear Another Round Of ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate Cases

The Supreme Court is diving back into the debate over the PPACA’s birth control coverage mandate.

The Supreme Court Begins A New Term With Several Politically Charged Cases

The marriage equality issue is resolved, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court won’t have a lot of high profile cases on its docket over the next eight months.

Public Opinion About The Supreme Court Nears New Lows

Thanks mostly to Republicans unhappy with the Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, public disapproval of the Supreme Court is nearing a new high.

Driven Largely By Republicans, Public Opinion On The Supreme Court Hits A Low

Public opinion on the Supreme Court has declined significantly, largely because Republicans don’t like the Supreme Court very much right now.

A Look At The Remaining Legal Challenges To Obamacare

There are still legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act pending after King v. Burwell, but they aren’t quite as substantial as what we’ve seen over the last five years.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies In 6-3 Vote

The era of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act is over.

Previewing A Busy June For The Supreme Court

Starting tomorrow, we can expect to see the Supreme Court hand down decisions in some of its most high profile cases. Here’s a preview.

Marine Fighting for Right to Post Bible Verses in Violation of Direct Orders

A woman discharged from the Marine Corps for violating multiple direct orders is fighting to the highest military court.

Bobby Jindal’s Utterly Pointless ‘Religious Liberty’ Campaign Stunt

Thwarted by the legislature, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal used his executive power to take action that seems directed more toward evangelicals in Iowa than anything happening in his home state.

Indiana Legislature To Vote On Revised RFRA Addressing Discrimination Concerns

Indiana’s RFRA will be amended to address most of the concerns of its opponents. That counts as a victory.

The Bright Side of RFRA

We’re down to debating whether bigots should have to sell cakes to gay people.

Indiana To Give Religious Business Owners The Right To Discriminate Against Gays

Indiana is about to become the latest state to grants special rights to religious business owners.

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal In Obamacare Subsidies Case

Somewhat surprisingly, the Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a case that could completely gut the financial structure of the Affordable Care Act.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Social Issues Now Benefiting Democrats

Once something that generally benefited Republicans, social issues are now becoming a wedge issue for Democrats.

Hobby Lobby Is Not An Issue That Will Bring Voters To The Polls In November

Once again, we are reminded that the fact that people feel strongly about an issue does not mean it’s one that will cause them to get out and vote.

Hobby Lobby Could Be Creating New Gender Gap Problems For Republicans

The Hobby Lobby decision could end up motivating women voters to turn out to vote against Republicans in the fall.

Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

Could The GOP Nominate A Candidate Who Supports Same-Sex Marriage In 2016?

It seems improbable, but the national landscape on same-sex marriage is changing so quickly that even the Republican Party may find itself changing faster than some might think.

Republicans Still Don’t Know How To Communicate With Female Voters

It appears that the GOP still has a problem communicating with women.

Citizens United And Hobby Lobby Are About Individual Rights, Not ‘Corporate Rights’

Much of the criticism of Hobby Lobby, and Citizens United before it, is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what those decisions stand for.

Liberals Still Think They Can Guilt Trip Ruth Bader Ginsburg Into Retirement

Some people on the left are still trying to convince Ruth Bader Ginsburg that she needs to just step out on the ice floe already.

Lawyers For Gitmo Detainees Using Hobby Lobby To Argue For Expanded Religious Freedoms

Political irony, perhaps, but probably less than meets the eye.

Presidential Overreach Should Be More Than Just Another Partisan Fight, But That’s What It Will Be

There are legitimate issues regarding Presidential overreach and separation of powers that President Obama’s actions while in office have raised. But none of that will be discussed in our hyperpartisan political culture.

The Supreme Court’s Most Important Decision Wasn’t Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby Is an important decision, but it’s one that the Supreme Court handed down a week earlier that will have the widest impact.

Is The Law That Saved Hobby Lobby Unconstitutional?

Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act itself an unconstitutional Establishment of Religion barred by the First Amendment? There’s a compelling argument that it is.

Supreme Court Rules Some Employees Can Opt Out Of Public Employee Unions

The Supreme Court has limited the ability of public employee unions to force people to join their ranks.

Supreme Court: Some Employers Can Refuse To Cover Contraceptives For Religious Reasons

Hobby Lobby wins, but it’s unclear just how far this opinion will go.

Previewing Tomorrow’s Hobby Lobby Decision

The Supreme Court has saved the biggest case of the term for its last day.

Unanimous SCOTUS Decisions Do Not Mean The Losing Side’s Arguments Were ‘Extreme’

We’ve seen a notable number of 9-0 Supreme Court decisions this term, but that doesn’t mean that the side that lost was making an extreme or meritless argument.

Guardians Of “Traditional” Media Once Again Bar SCOTUSBlog From Getting Press Credentials

A committee of journalists who work in the “traditional” media has once again denied press credentials to SCOTUSBlog.

GOP Congressman Cory Gardner: Make Birth Control Available Over The Counter

A Republican Congressman from Colorado who is running for the Senate has a very good idea.

Previewing Another Busy June For The Supreme Court

It’s that time of year again.

Contraceptives And Hobby Lobby At The Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby has a strong argument under RFRA but the precedent would be dangerous.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Challenge To ObamaCare’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases that implicates both the First Amendment and two Federal Laws.