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University of Notre Dame v. Burwell

As part of the Affordable Care Act's implementing regulations, group health plans are required to include coverage for various forms of preventative care, including all FDA-approved methods of contraception. Houses of worship are exempt from these requirements, and the Department of Health and Human Services later created a broader accommodation for certain nonprofit organizations.

Morgan v. Martinez

New Jersey resident Shannon Morgan, an atheist, attempted to register for an “8THEIST” vanity license plate on the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s website.

Hewett v. City of King

In 2004, the City of King constructed a veterans’ memorial on public land in Central Park. The memorial included the Christian flag—which features a white field with a red cross inside a blue canton. The City later added a statue of a soldier kneeling before a Latin cross, and also holds annual memorial ceremonies featuring Christian prayers and other religious content.
 
In 2010, the City temporarily removed the Christian flag from the Veterans Memorial.

Duncan v. State of New Hampshire

In June 2012, the New Hampshire legislature enacted legislation allowing businesses to receive tax credits for donations to “scholarship organizations.” The scholarship organizations, in turn, would use the funds to award scholarships to elementary- and secondary-school students, including those attending religious schools. Religious schools would be free to use program funds for any purpose, including religious indoctrination and proselytization.

ACLU of New Jersey v. Hendricks

In April 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration released a list of 176 college construction projects that it plans to fund through a $750 million voter-approved bond issue. Among the universities scheduled to receive money from the state are two theological institutions, Beth Medrash Govoha and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Wirtz v. City of South Bend

In June 2011, the City of South Bend approved a plan to purchase a piece of land for $1.2 million and donate it to a Catholic school (St. Joseph's High School) to use for a football stadium and other athletic facilities. The religious school was handpicked by the City to receive the land, and the City permitted the school to use the land for religious purposes, including prayers at athletic events.   Read more

Mullin v. Sussex County

For years, the Sussex County Council opened its public meetings with a Council member reciting the Lord's Prayer. Americans United wrote to the County Council in June 2008, and again in April 2009, asking the Council to stop opening its meetings with the Lord's Prayer because the Constitution prohibits legislative prayers used to advance one religion. The County did not respond to either letter. Read more

Galloway v. Town of Greece

For years, the Greece Town Board has invited clergy to open the Board’s monthly meetings with a prayer. Over the past decade, all but two of the guest chaplains have been Christian, and the vast majority of prayers have been explicitly Christian. Guest chaplains often ask citizens to join in the prayers, and citizens face considerable pressure to participate. In February 2008, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of two local citizens, alleging that the Town’s practices violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Read more

Does v. School District of Elmbrook

For nearly a decade, the Elmbrook School District near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, held its high-school graduation ceremonies in the sanctuary of an evangelical Christian church. A cross towered over the dais -- upon which graduation speakers addressed the audience and graduating seniors received their diplomas. Read more

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