Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules Catholic Firefighters’ Constitutional Rights Not Abridged by Assignment to Staff Fire Truck in Gay Pride Parade

The Rhode Island Supreme Court unanimously ruled on December 19 that two Providence fire fighters with religious objections to homosexuality did not enjoy a First Amendment right to decline an assignment to staff a fire truck participating in the 2001 Pride Parade in their city.  Fabrizio v. Providence, 2014 R.I. LEXIS 158.  The court reversed a decision by Providence County Superior Court Justice Brian Van Couyghen, who had denied a motion for summary judgment … <Read More>