Category Archives: Discrimination

Why Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is Not That Big of a Deal

Indiana’s newly-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the controversy surrounding it have dominated headlines this week. Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the RFRA legislation he signed have been excoriated in the media based on fears that the law will “legalize discriminations against … Continue reading

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Are Libertarians Hypocrites for Wanting the State to Enforce Anti-Gay Discrimination?

Although Arizona’s controversial SB 1062 (the so-called “gay segregation bill”) appears to be dead for now, the liberal hand-wringing continues. As before, many of the criticisms of the law have no basis in reality (Salon’s Elias Isquith lazily conflates the … Continue reading

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The State of New Mexico vs. Freedom of Association

In 2006, Vanessa Willock asked Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography in Albuquerque, to photograph her same-sex commitment ceremony. Huguenin declined, however, citing her and her husband’s religious belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Although Willock … Continue reading

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Washington GLBT Discrimination Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

In response to a state lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding (citing her “relationship” with Christ), Washington state Republicans have introduced a bill that would legalize discrimination against homosexuals based on “sincerely held” religious … Continue reading

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Freedom of Association vs. Coercion in the Case of the Homophobic Florist

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is suing a florist for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. According to the lawsuit, Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., illegally discriminated against a customer on the basis of … Continue reading

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Atheists vs. Cajun Cuisine, and The State Against All

Imagine you own a restaurant, and that as a dedicated patron of the performance arts you decide to give a discount to customers who come in with a program from a play, musical or opera. Nothing wrong with that, right? … Continue reading

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