religious institutions have long been able to stand apart from federal
laws in the hiring and firing of employees crucial to their mission.
Churches with male-only clergy, for example, can exercise that right to
religious freedom despite the gender bias.
But on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case in which, for the first time, the justices could lay out rules for government to decide if a group’s theology and practices are out of step with laws that bar discrimination.
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