Freedom of religion

Proposed labor rule would exempt religious contractors from bias regulations

U.S. Department of Labor office building
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The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would allow religious organizations with federal contracts to "make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs without fear of sanction by the federal government."

The big picture: This move falls in line with the Trump administration's record of easing regulations designed to protect against discriminatory hiring practices. The Department of Labor says it's proposing the rule because religious organizations are wary of accepting federal contracts due to "uncertainty regarding the scope of the religious exemption," per existing regulations.

Mormon Church will now accept children of LGBT parents

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The Latter-day Saints Mormon Temple in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Steven Smith/Getty Images

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially announced it will be reversing a 2015 decision, and it will now allow children of LGBT parents to be baptized and receive blessings from the church.

Details: President Dallin H. Oaks announced that the Church Handbook for leaders will now say that same-sex marriages will not be considered apostasy. Instead, any "immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way," per the Church's statement.