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Mauck & Baker, located in downtown Chicago, is nationally known for representing churches, religious institutions, businesses and individuals in religious liberties cases. Our monthly newsletter covers topics relating to religious news and legal information relevant to our practice. Please forward our newsletter on to others interested in religious freedom and visit our website for more information about our work. 
Safe and Legal Mission Trips  

Summertime is prime time for short-term mission trips. Read Church Law & Tax's guide to Safe and Legal Mission Trips as you prepare to spread the Gospel this summer.  
Boys in My Girl's Bathroom!?  
May, 2015

On May 7, 2015, the school board of Fairfax County, VA, despite overwhelming parental opposition, voted 10-1 to allow anyone who self-identified at anytime as a boy into the girls' bathrooms. The school board decided that parental rights, privacy rights, and the best interests of little girls had to be sacrificed at the altar of self and state. Three days later the Washington Post ran an article shaming the parents who dared to assert their God-given rights and fulfill their God-give duties to stand up for their daughters. Read more from Noel W. Sterett. 


How Obergefell v. Hodges Could Affect Your Ministry   
May, 2015

In response to my newsletter article last month describing the increased discrimination that Christians, and Christian ministries, might confront if the Supreme Court approves gay "marriage", we received a number of questions about how this might impact church and ministry tax exemptions and the ability of clergy to legally marry only opposite sex couples. These questions were triggered by a comment of the Solicitor-General, representing the United States, in oral argument on the case.  Read more  from Whitman H. Brisky. 
Religious Liberty Update        
May, 2015

With the Supreme Court's term set to end within the next couple of weeks, many are eagerly anticipating a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Generally referred to as "the gay marriage case," Hodges will significantly influence religious liberty and is sure to rival Roe v. Wade in societal impact. It is no surprise then that other important cases within the last few months have been largely overshadowed by Hodges. Read about three notable examples from Sorin A. Leahu.