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Designer who won't make same-sex wedding websites loses case

Jul. 27, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples and sued to challenge Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, another twist in a series of court rulings nationwide about whether businesses denying services...

Utah recognizes early Mormon settlers during Pioneer Day

Jul. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People in Utah are gathering to celebrate the state's history and recognize early Mormon pioneers who trekked west in search of religious freedom. Pioneer Day is a beloved only-in-Utah holiday every July 24 that features parades, rodeos, fireworks...

Noem to headline GOP event in early-voting South Carolina

Jul. 23, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, possibly mulling a 2024 White House bid, is making her debut in South Carolina next month — an introductory step in the first Southern state to cast Republican-primary votes for president. Noem will speak Aug. 23 at...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jul. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 19Gov. Tim Walz issued his 25th executive order of 2021 (his 171st overall) to bar the practice of conversion therapy on children in Minnesota. Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, seeks to change the sexual orientation...

Israeli PM: No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque

Jul. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there, his office said Monday, walking back comments that sparked angry reactions a day earlier. Bennett, Israel's new premier, had...

Turkey criticizes European court's ruling on headscarf ban

Jul. 18, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman on Sunday condemned a European Union court decision to allow employers to ban staff wearing Muslim headscarves as appeasing Islamophobia. “The decision by the European Court of Justice on headscarf...

EU court rules employers can limit religious symbols

Jul. 15, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that employers may forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such as headscarves. But the Luxembourg-based tribunal said in its ruling that courts in the bloc's 27 member states...

US Supreme Court backs Minnesota Amish in septic tank fight

Jul. 02, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court sided Friday with members of an Amish group in Minnesota who are fighting efforts by authorities to compel them to install septic systems, sending their appeal back to a state court for reconsideration in light of the high court's recent ruling in a...

Pope voices 'affection' for Americans as he meets Blinken

Jun. 28, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed his “affection” for the American people as he met at length Monday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken declined to delve into “domestic politics" when later asked if the two discussed a campaign by U.S....

Religion and free speech among cases justices could add

Jun. 28, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched voting rights dispute from Arizona is among five cases standing between the Supreme Court and its summer break. But even before the justices wrap up their work, likely later this week, they could say whether they’ll add more high-profile issues to what...