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Yes, “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” Could Make History

Could a young American family endure pickets, threats, financial setbacks, and legal battles—and make history for religious freedom? Yes, and here’s how... February 24, 2017

In 2007, Aaron and Melissa Klein and their family opened the storefront bakery “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” in Gresham, Oregon—prayed over by their pastor. Little did they know what awaited. Six years later, in 2013, their act of declining to create a custom-designed cake for a same-sex wedding due to

SHOWDOWN: “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” Goes to Court Next Week

Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein were penalized $135,000 when they declined to create a custom-designed cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. Now their legal battle heats up like an oven... February 24, 2017

The sexual revolution has been rippling through American society since the 1950s and 60s, affecting laws on divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage, gender, and more. But what happens when so-called “sexual liberty” collides with the First Amendment’s first liberty, which is religious liberty? One potentially history-making answer will emerge from the

7 Presidents Who Championed Religious Liberty

Many U.S. Presidents made religious freedom a priority, but here are seven who stand out as making crucial advances at pivotal moments. We honor them on President’s Day. February 17, 2017

For most of American history, if your job title was “President of the United States,” then securing free exercise of religion was part of your job description. But who did it best? Here are some candidates for “Champions of Religious Liberty” from the annals of the U.S. presidents. Here is

SUPREME RARITY: U.S. Supreme Court Receives Unusual Number of Briefs in Support of Marine ‘Bible Verse’ Case

Several high-profile individuals, military and advocacy groups took a stand for former U.S. Marine Monifa Sterling this week by submitting “friend-of-the-court briefs” asking the Supreme Court to take its first military religious freedom case in 30 years. February 17, 2017

Religious freedom for military members could be further protected — or severely inhibited — in the coming months, and it all depends on the U.S. Supreme Court. In December, First Liberty Institute asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Monifa Sterling, a U.S. Marine who was convicted

President Trump Should Sign the Comprehensive Executive Order on Religious Liberty—with No Compromises

President Trump is considering a religious freedom Executive Order that provides broad religious freedom protections. However, special interests are seeking to derail, delay, or water down the order. Here’s why we should tell him: “Sign the ENTIRE Religious Freedom Order.” February 10, 2017

Last week, an executive order was leaked to the media that seeks to provide broad religious exemptions for all Americans. This executive order promotes personal liberty by continuing to preserve religious freedom for individuals, for churches and houses of worship, for schools, for employers and businesses, and for faith-based non-profit

Georgia Pays Almost a Quarter-of-a-Million Dollars to Victim of Religious Discrimination

State of Georgia pays $225,000 to First Liberty client Dr. Eric Walsh to settle major workplace discrimination lawsuit. February 10, 2017

On Wednesday, First Liberty Institute announced the settlement of a major lawsuit over workplace religious rights, vindicating our client, Dr. Eric Walsh. The State of Georgia agreed to pay $225,000 to settle Dr. Walsh’s religious discrimination lawsuit. “I am pleased this trial finally ended,” Dr. Eric Walsh said. “It’s been