A Michigan-based company that produces organic foods does not have a religious liberty right to deny its employees access to birth control, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court.
A federal appeals court today upheld an Obama administration regulation requiring most secular companies to include no-cost contraceptives to employees in health insurance plans, rejecting arguments by sectarian groups that the policy infringes on religious freedom.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the ruling.
Regulations issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) more than adequately safeguard religious freedom by providing even more protection than the law requires and no more religious accommodations should be made in this area, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
A federal appeals court ruling today that opens the door to allowing a religious employer to deny certain forms of birth control to employees is a dangerous distortion of the principle of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Massachusetts that they must stop allowing communities to use taxpayer money to renovate houses of worship.
Earlier this year, Americans United received several complaints that Massachusetts municipalities were using funds under the Community Preservation Act to repair churches. This practice, Americans United asserts, violates both the U.S. and Massachusetts constitutions.
Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions advance equality while preserving religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The high court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The justices said the federal statute violates the equal liberty protections of the Fifth Amendment.
The office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is failing to protect the religious liberty rights of non-believers and religious minorities, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the national ACLU in filing a lawsuit today to stop the state of New Jersey from awarding more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two higher education institutions dedicated solely to religious training and instruction.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed a state court decision today that said a tuition tax-credit program violates the New Hampshire Constitution.
Ruling in favor of the three civil liberties groups, the Strafford County, N.H., Superior Court held that the state’s Education Tax Credit Program is unconstitutional because it diverts tax payments to religious schools.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have told a federal appellate court that for-profit businesses cannot use religious liberty arguments to deny their employees access to contraceptive coverage.