FAQ on Town of Greece v. Galloway and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.: Freedom of Religion versus Individual Rights
Wilson Huhn is a distinguished professor and C. Blake McDowell, Jr., Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of Law.
For about a year, food service in Ohio has been handled by a private company, Aramark Correctional Services. While privatization of public services is not ordinarily a civil liberties issue, it is when the switch affects peoples’ rights. Such is the case now.
If we’re keeping tabs on who has the most sleepless nights these days, my vote goes to the folks who work for the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to the agency’s numerous other tasks, the FAA is responsible for developing regulations for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or, as they are more commonly known, drones.
As of July 21, businesses that contract with the federal government are now prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the first time in our nation’s history that these protections have been put in place.
This is the eighth in a series of posts focusing on issues we will be tackling at the 2014 ACLU of Ohio biennial conference, Resist. Reclaim. Restore Your Rights!
We have all heard the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ I would like to add, ‘It takes a village to fail a child.’
As a society, we are very quick to take credit for any contribution we have made in the life of a successful young person.
The term ‘adultification’ refers to the tough on kids, scare them straight mentality that has pervaded the juvenile justice system for decades, resulting in children getting adult penalties via mandatory minimums and sentencing enhancements.
Last week, the national ACLU ended their support for federal legislation that has the potential to provide workplace protections for LGBT individuals. This decision was not made lightly.
So much hard work has been poured into this important legislation. ENDA, or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, has been years in the making and it hasn’t been a pretty process.
It is not every day that someone has the opportunity to meet a well-respected folk artist, let alone one who successfully freed herself and others from a life sentence in psychiatric institutions. I had the opportunity to meet Lois Curtis at the conference “Celebrating Inclusion: 15 years of the Olmstead Decision” hosted by Services for Independent Living, Inc.
The Hobby Lobby decision is only about a week old, but it still promises to steamroll over many people’s rights if left unchecked. Here’s how:
Let’s start with reproductive rights. Just after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Hobby Lobby, it issued orders for six pending cases all challenging the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on religious grounds.
It never fails to amaze me how some politicians continue to claim that cuts to early voting opportunities don’t hurt voters, and that people have plenty of time to cast their ballots without evenings and weekends. At best, these claims are willfully ignorant of the fact that many people have inflexible work schedules, childcare duties, lack of transportation, or a disability that makes it difficult for them to get to their polling place on Election Day.
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a private company comes in to Ohio prisons promising it can achieve huge cost savings by taking over for the wasteful government. Legislators sign on, and after the private company takes over, everything begins to fall apart.
The Supreme Court, with a narrow majority, has decided that an employer’s religious beliefs are superior to its employees’ beliefs and medical needs. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Court gave a free pass to closely-held, for-profit corporations to violate a law if it does not match with the owners’ religious views.
The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby) and the companion case Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, is a hard hit to true religious freedom. It is also a very complex court decision.