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In a lawsuit filed in federal court last week, Grant Strobl and Jacob Chludzinski said Ann Arbor’s anti-discrimination ordinance violates their First and 14th amendment rights.


“The broader these laws get, the more they butt up against the First Amendment, which is problematic,” Scruggs said.

“We have a lot of things we disagree about in this country, but one thing we shouldn’t disagree about is the freedom to disagree.” A faith-based child-placing agency in South Carolina has reconsidered its policy against working with Catholics.

Alliance Defending Freedom sued on behalf of the church and reached a settlement last week.

“We commend Sarasota County for changing course, approving Crosspoint’s zoning request, and reimbursing the church’s hefty application fee,” ADF legal counsel Kyle Mc Cutcheon said.

No longer limited to brick-and-mortar establishments, these laws apply to a wide range of businesses, nonprofit groups, and even churches.

And they attempt to regulate expressive activity, not just a meal or a hotel room.

Colorado attempted to apply a similar law to baker Jack Phillips, but the U. Supreme Court vindicated him in a narrow ruling that condemned Colorado’s overt hostility to his Christian faith.

State and local governments have wielded similar laws against florists, photographers, and T-shirt designers.

Reid Lehman, Miracle Hill’s president and CEO, told the National Catholic Register the ministry has no dispute with Catholics in the area of caring for the needy.

“Our calling as an organization is not primarily to evaluate and emphasize differences between various branches of Christianity or between branches within Protestantism,” he said.

“It’s interesting how life comes full circle,” Strobl said, describing how he now faces another law that limits his freedom.

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