religious liberty

Federal judge blocks Western Michigan University vaccine requirement on religious grounds

BY: - September 1, 2021

District Judge Paul Maloney blocked Western Michigan University on Tuesday from imposing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement on four female soccer players who claimed the requirements infringed on their constitutional religious rights.  Maloney, a GOP former President George W. Bush appointee, issued the temporary restraining order on the day the four athletes, Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, […]

SCOTUS hands victories to religious groups in birth control, employment

BY: and - July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the President Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands […]

Lawsuit claiming Whitmer’s order violates religious freedom put on hold

BY: - May 11, 2020

Last week, a group of churches filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but now they have paused their action following the governor’s latest stay-home order extension. The group of churches and religious leaders, including Stanley Chatfield, father of state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), alleged that Whitmer’s previous executive orders to stop the spread […]

Chatfield, dad both file lawsuits against Whitmer on same day

BY: - May 7, 2020

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and his father, the Rev. Stanley Chatfield III, both filed lawsuits against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to limit her executive powers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stanley Chatfield, a pastor at the Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church in Burt Lake, joined a coalition of six other pastors and churches […]

Trump admin health care religious exemption rule blocked

BY: - November 8, 2019

A President Trump administration rule that would have allowed medical professionals to refuse care for religious reasons was blocked on Wednesday by a federal judge who said it was unconstitutional. Under the “conscience rule,” health care providers can refuse patients reproductive and sex-related health care such as receiving contraception, abortions, HIV treatment and gender reassignment […]

Judge says state can’t refuse to work with anti-LGBTQ adoption agencies

BY: - September 28, 2019

Religious-based adoption agencies can once again refuse services to same-sex couples and still receive state funding after a federal court ruling Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, ordered in Buck v. Gordon that child welfare agency St. Vincent Catholic Charities can’t be blocked from state […]