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Supreme Court debates website designer’s freedom of speech over same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court debated with lawyers at length Monday (Dec. 5) whether a state has the right to compel speech in the latest case involving the intersection of religious freedom and same-sex marriage.

Nigeria again excluded from State Department’s CPC list

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. State Department added two countries to its annual designation of the world’s worst persecutors but failed to return Nigeria to the list despite requests from a Southern Baptist entity and other advocates for international religious freedom.

Senate nixes religious liberty amendments, approves same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (BP)— The U.S. Senate voted to enshrine same-sex marriage as the law Tuesday (Nov. 29) while rejecting efforts to strengthen religious freedom protections in the proposal.

State attorneys general warn VA about abortion rule

WASHINGTON (BP)—An alliance of 15 attorneys general have warned Secretary Denis McDonough they will “act decisively” if the Department of Veterans Affairs uses a new rule to violate their states’ restrictions on abortion.

Congressional spending bills would strip funding for pro-life and conscience protections, ERLC says

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged congressional leaders to include pro-life and conscience protections in all spending legislation now under consideration.

Leatherwood, ERLC leaders meet with Biden’s staff, congressional members

WASHINGTON (BP)—Brent Leatherwood’s first trip to Washington, D.C., as head of the Southern Baptists’ public policy entity, impressed upon him a recognition of the appreciation both government leaders and he has for the churches of the convention.

Senate takes step toward codifying same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Senate took the first and an apparently decisive step Wednesday (Nov. 16) toward codifying same-sex marriage into law with the aid of more than one-fifth of Republicans in the chamber.

Report: Russia has attacked at least 270 religious sites in Ukraine

NASHVILLE (BP) – Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has included increased violence against religious leaders and widespread attacks on religious sites, according to a recently issued report.

ERLC, Iowa Baptist convention urge court to protect parental rights

ST. LOUIS (BP) – A Southern Baptist Convention entity and a Baptist state convention have joined with other organizations in urging a federal appeals court to block a public school district transgender policy they contend prevents the rights of parents to care for their children.