Oct 27, 2014

Brazil continues South America’s incumbent streak

In recent decades, no incumbents from the 10 Latin American countries in South America have lost bids for re-election.

Oct 6, 2014

What today’s Supreme Court decision means for gay marriage

Today’s decision settles the issue in some states, but it has not ended the battle over same-sex marriage.

Oct 6, 2014

Supreme Court to decide whether inmates have religious right to grow beards

The court will determine whether prison officials may prohibit or limit a Muslim inmate from growing a beard, which many Muslims believe is required by their faith.

Sep 25, 2014

National Congregations Study finds more church acceptance of gays and lesbians

A new survey of American religious congregations finds that in recent years, more churches have become welcoming to openly gay and lesbian couples.

Sep 9, 2014

The divide over ordaining women

Only 11% of American congregations were led by women in 2012, according to press reports of an upcoming National Congregations Study survey. That figure hasn’t changed since 1998.

Jul 7, 2014

For gay newlyweds in some states, ‘limbo’ may last another year

It has happened in four states so far, and may well happen in others – a kind of marital limbo where licenses have been granted and vows exchanged, but the marriages themselves have not been officially recognized.

Jul 2, 2014

The Hobby Lobby impact: A Q&A

The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for-profit businesses to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the new health care law has raised questions about what the ruling might mean for businesses, for future challenges to the contraception mandate, and even for the future of church-state law. We posed these questions to Robert Tuttle, one of the nation’s experts on church-state issues. He is the Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion at the George Washington University.

Jun 30, 2014

The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights

The Supreme Court expanded the scope of religious liberty rights in a decision that said some for-profit business could opt out of the health care law’s contraception coverage mandate. But the decision was limited to closely-held business.

Jun 19, 2014

‘March for Marriage’ rally reflects steadfast opposition to gay marriage among evangelical Christians

Opposition to same-sex marriage is now more concentrated among a few religious groups – particularly white evangelical Protestants.

Jun 18, 2014

Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage

In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.