In Letter, DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Chief Agrees All Children Should Be Protected from Bullying Regardless of Religion The Justice Department has responded to the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s recommendation that it rescind its Obama-era, religion-based anti-bullying and harassment guidelines. In September 2018, FCDF executive director Daniel Piedra sent a report and recommendation to…

Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Phyllis Young, who is being punished by the Hawaii state government for declining to allow a same-sex couple to stay the night at her home. FCDF filed the amicus brief in a team effort with the Ethics…

State Officials Seek Emotional Distress and Punitive Damages Despite their previous First Amendment loss, government lawyers have filed a new lawsuit against Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, in Bakersfield, California. In August 2017, Miller declined to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple. As a devout Christian, Miller believes that marriage is…

State Officials Announce Intent to Sue Cathy Miller after Purportedly Finding More “Evidence” Despite already losing once in court, government lawyers for the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) informed Christian baker Cathy Miller this afternoon that they intend to file a civil lawsuit over her refusal to create a custom wedding cake for…

Court of Appeals Asked to Strike Down California Mandate Forcing Church to Pay for Elective Abortions Skyline Church filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit last week, asking the court of appeals to rule that the California state government cannot force the church to provide abortion coverage in its employee health plans. The Freedom…

State court judge “strikes a balance” between the government’s executive power and the force of his ruling that vindicated Christian baker’s First Amendment rights. Late yesterday, California state court judge David Lampe granted in part and denied in part Christian baker Cathy Miller’s motion to enforce the judge’s ruling that held that the First Amendment…

At Hearing, Christian Baker Argues Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case is “Over” Today, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe heard oral argument on Cathy Miller’s motion to enforce the judge’s March 2018 ruling upholding Cathy’s First Amendment rights. Despite suffering the court loss, California state officials contend they still have executive authority to investigate Cathy…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) today filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court supporting Oregon state court judge Vance Day, a devout Christian who was suspended for three years without pay in part because he declined to volunteer to preside over same-sex weddings. Under Oregon state law, judges may voluntarily…

Pro-Life Journalist Also Files Motions to Lift “Gag Order” against Undercover Videos and Vindicate His First Amendment Rights FCDF filed three major motions today on behalf of David Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in the case National Abortion Federation v. David Daleiden, et al.  In 2015, NAF filed a massive, eleven-count…

One week after California officials abruptly reopened their administrative prosecution of Cathy Miller, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) filed a motion today in state court asking Judge David Lampe to enforce his ruling upholding Cathy’s First Amendment rights. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) began prosecuting Cathy, owner of Tastries Bakery…

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