Jessica Gresko

Jessica Gresko is an author at Religion News Service.

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The Supreme Court rules for a designer who doesn’t want to make wedding websites for gay couples

By Jessica Gresko — June 30, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defeat for gay rights, the Supreme Court's conservative majority ruled on Friday that a Christian graphic artist who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples.

Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

By Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman — December 6, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority sounded sympathetic Monday to a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, the latest collision of religion and gay rights to land at the high court.

Both sides see high stakes in gay rights Supreme Court case

By Jessica Gresko — December 4, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The case marks the second time in five years that the Supreme Court has confronted the issue of a business owner who says their religion prevents them from creating works for a gay wedding.

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games

By Jessica Gresko — June 27, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices.

Supreme Court tackles case about praying football coach

By Jessica Gresko — April 25, 2022
(AP) — The coach maintains he never required players to join or asked any student to pray.

Navy barred from acting against religious vaccine refusers

By Jessica Gresko — March 29, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last year made vaccinations mandatory for service members.

High court: States must allow prayer, touch in executions

By Jessica Gresko — March 25, 2022
(AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion also urged states to think about the religious needs of inmates in the context of executions and proactively adopt policies.

High court takes case involving refusal to serve gay couples

By Jessica Gresko — February 23, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said the Supreme Court has consistently held that anti-discrimination laws like the one in his state apply to all businesses selling goods and services.

High court skeptical of Texas death row inmate prayer demand

By Jessica Gresko — November 9, 2021
The outcome won't take anyone off death row but could make clear what religious accommodations officials must make for inmates who are being put to death.

High court struggles with government secrets case

By Jessica Gresko — November 8, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struggled Monday with whether to allow a lawsuit by Muslim men claiming religious bias by the FBI to go forward despite the government’s objection that doing so could reveal national security secrets. The case the high court was considering involves a group of three men from Southern California. They […]

Transgender rights, religion among cases justices could add

By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko — June 28, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — This month, the court has already issued big decisions on health care and religious freedom. And next term, the high court has agreed to take on cases about abortion and guns.
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