Florida Megachurch Asks Panel to Revive Challenge to Hate Group Label

A Florida ministry urged an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday to hold the Southern Poverty Law Center and Amazon responsible for what it called a discriminatory labeling of the church as a hate group, a designation that has prevented it from fundraising through Amazon’s charitable website.

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Religious Speech

In a First Amendment dispute, a federal court in Tennessee ruled against three “preachers” moved by officers from the entrance of a park during an LGBTQ festival. The three, who confronted festival-goers and used an amplification system to spout slurs, were moved from the park to a sidewalk because of their actions, not the content of their message, the court ruled.

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Passport Application

A transgender man’s equal protection claim related to the denial of his passport application can continue, a federal court in Nevada ruled. The State Department’s policy requiring a doctor to certify a transgender passport applicant’s gender change discriminates against the man, who could not sumit such a certification because his hormone therapy has been overseen by a nurse practitioner and he cannot afford additional treatment for his transition.

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