Column: Civil unions or a nunnery? Please

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Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post, February 13, 2013

Steadman’s reference to laws of “general applicability” comes from a dreadful 1990 high court opinion holding that Indians participating in the ritual use of peyote did not enjoy a religious exemption to anti-drug laws. That case delivered a body blow to the free exercise guarantee, but it didn’t kill it outright, even for commercial enterprises. For example, of the 14 for-profit plaintiffs suing the government for its contraception mandate, “11 have secured injunctive relief against it,” according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.