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The Wisconsin Supreme Court building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules in favor of pro-life advocate citing ‘free speech rights’

Jul 1, 2024

By Gigi Duncan

The court ruled last week that a lower court order prohibiting a pro-life advocate from approaching a Planned Parenthood employee... Read more

Mid Vermont Christian School is suing the state over a ban from athletic competitions due to the school's transgender policy.

Christian school sues Vermont after ban from sports league over transgender policy

Nov 27, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The lawsuit, filed by Mid Vermont Christian School, a K–12 school in the town of Quechee, argues that the ban... Read more

Health care professionals at the Colorado-based, pro-life Bella Health and Wellness healthcare clinic

Catholic nurses sue Colorado to continue abortion-reversal ministry

Oct 19, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The nurses argue that a new Colorado law banning abortion pill reversal impedes the First Amendment rights of their clients... Read more

A Dutch church closed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID on the rise again: Which states now protect churches from closure?

Sep 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown, Zelda Caldwell

CNA compiled data on which states now protect houses of worship as “essential” and which do not. Check out our... Read more

David Bloch, who founded the snowboarding team at Woodstock Union High School in 2011, served as the head coach from its onset until he was fired in February.

Vermont snowboard coach sues school officials after being fired for transgender comments

Jul 21, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Bloch was fired on Feb. 9, just one day after he had a brief conversation with two students about the... Read more

Oregon resident Jessica Bates filed a federal lawsuit after state officials denied her adoption application because of her opposition to gender ideology.

Oregon denies adoption after woman refuses to back gender ideology, homosexuality

Apr 6, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

An Oregon woman filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s Department of Human Services after she was denied the opportunity... Read more


After Michigan Supreme Court redefines ‘sex,’ Catholic school lawsuit warns of broad impact

Dec 30, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

In July, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity were protected categories under a 1976 Michigan... Read more

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative.

US bishops file brief supporting web designer who objects to gay marriage

Jun 21, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The U.S. bishops are coming to the aid of a Colorado web designer, a Christian who fears prosecution under state... Read more


Appeals court: Foster parents can share religious views with children

Mar 7, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit recently ruled in favor of a Christian couple in New Jersey... Read more

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative.

US Supreme Court to hear case of web designer who objects to gay marriage

Feb 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear the case of a Colorado web designer who fears prosecution under state... Read more

Boston City Hall

Supreme Court hears Boston free speech case involving Christian organization

Jan 19, 2022

By Kate Olivera

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving the city of Boston’s refusal to raise a... Read more

American flag and Church.

New committee aims to build up political candidates who support religious liberty for all

Jan 19, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Religious Freedom Institute on Tuesday launched a committee to support political candidates who defend the free exercise of religion... Read more


Missouri Christian church wins settlement over coronavirus restrictions on worship

Oct 20, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Kansas City-area Baptist megachurch has reached a $150,000 settlement with the county over coronavirus restrictions, with the church claiming... Read more

Brief argues Virginia court was right to uphold teacher's rights over pronoun policy

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

Tanner Cross, a Virginia Elementary School teacher, filed a brief in the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday in response to... Read more

June 4 rally in support of Tanner Cross, Loudoun County, Virginia

Court reinstates Virginia teacher suspended over transgender pronoun policy

Jun 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

A county court on Tuesday ruled that a Virginia teacher suspended for opposing a school transgender pronoun policy must be... Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Catholic group denied permit for St. Pio chapel sues Michigan town

Jun 4, 2021

A Catholic organization is suing a Michigan township after it was denied permission to build a chapel and prayer trail... Read more

The flag of California.

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions

Jan 25, 2021

An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring... Read more

Trump admin proposal a last-ditch effort to offer religious groups SBA loans

Jan 21, 2021

A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from... Read more

Chike Uzuegbunam outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom.

Supreme Court debates whether college's free speech violation merits symbolic damages

Jan 13, 2021

A Christian student seeking symbolic damages against a Georgia college that had restricted the area where he could try to... Read more


Citing timing, SCOTUS declines to allow in-person learning to resume in Kentucky

Dec 18, 2020

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Kentucky Christian school’s plea to reopen for in-person learning, upholding a health order... Read more