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The justices have previously ruled that the government cannot compel people to speak its message or associate with ideas they do not hold. www.shutterstock.com

Supreme Court to rule on your First Amendment right to silence

Most people know that the First Amendment protects free speech. But two upcoming Supreme Court cases reveal how it also gives people in the US the right not to speak.
Labor’s Penny Wong embraces Liberal Dean Smith, the architect of the same-sex marriage bill, as it passes the Senate. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Marriage bill clears Senate – now for the lower house

The same-sex marriage bill has passed the Senate, after all the amendments to insert protections and restrictions were voted down.
The wedding cake on display at Masterpiece Cakeshop. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

The messy reality of religious liberty in America

The Supreme Court appeared divided over claims of religious freedom in the case of a gay wedding. History shows how contentious religious freedom has been in America.
Labor has announced it will vote down all amendments to Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill, including those proposed by George Brandis. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Labor is right to block ‘religious freedom’ amendments to protect same-sex marriage bill

Labor has announced it will not support any amendments to the Dean Smith same-sex marriage bill, including an amendment proposed by George Brandis. Here's why it is right to do so.
Brazil’s jailhouse preachers may not explicitly condone violence against people of other faiths, but they’ve remained largely silent as their well-armed followers wage a holy war. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

In Brazil, religious gang leaders say they’re waging a holy war

As hard-line Pentecostalism spreads across Brazil, some drug traffickers in gang-controlled areas of Rio de Janeiro are using religion as an excuse to attack nonbelievers.
Faith is accommodated In Australia, but there is piecemeal protection for religious freedom. shutterstock

The great divide where religious beliefs and the law meet

Religious freedom in Australia can be a source of division with examples of respect for and of government interference with that freedom.

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