Marriage Equality And Religious Freedom Can Co-Exist, Americans United Says

Church-State Watchdog Asks Federal Appeals Court To Reject Claims That Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

Same-sex couples should not be denied the right to marry because of false claims about the threat marriage equality poses to religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a group of cases challenging the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in Missouri, South Dakota and Arkansas. Opponents of marriage equality have argued that legalization of these unions will spawn conflicts with religious liberty. Read more

As 2016 Presidential Campaign Gets Under Way, IRS Should Act To Enforce Non-Profit ‘No-Politicking’ Rule, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Liberty University May Have Violated Federal Law By Hosting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

The Internal Revenue Service should make it clear that houses of worship and other tax-exempt, non-profit groups have no right to engage in partisan politicking, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the tax agency today.

In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn urged the agency to act now, since the 2016 presidential campaign is getting under way.
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EEOC Wrong To Side With Teacher In Bible Distribution Case, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Says School Districts Can Fire Staff For Distributing Religious Material To Students

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) should not have ruled in favor of a New Jersey substitute teacher who was fired for giving a Bible to a student, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a letter submitted to the EEOC’s New York District Office today, Americans United argued that the Phillipsburg School District could legally terminate Walt Tutka’s employment if the school acted for the purposes of avoiding a church-state violation.
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Appeals Court Should Protect Student And Staff Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Is Only National Group Representing Women In Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent a legal case over access to birth control at the University of Notre Dame back to a lower court for further review.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has intervened in the case on behalf of three Notre Dame students, says the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will receive the case again, should stick to its original ruling and make it clear that religious institutions have no right to interfere in the private moral choices of students and staff.
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Federal Court Approves Settlement Requiring Mich. City To Give Atheists Equal Access To City Hall

In a victory for religious freedom, a federal judge today approved a settlement requiring the city of Warren, Mich., to allow an atheist to set up a “reason station” inside city hall after Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued in response to city officials’ efforts to allow only a “prayer station” to operate inside the public building.  Read more

Americans United Will Represent Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses in Alabama

Clients in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston And Lauderdale Counties Denied Licenses By Probate Judges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has agreed to represent four same-sex couples in Alabama who have been denied marriage licenses.

The couples reside in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston and Lauderdale counties. Each couple visited the probate judge in their respective county to request a marriage license, but all were denied.
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Local Courts Cannot Block Same-Sex Marriages In Alabama, Americans United Says

Judges Or Clerks Who Fail To Uphold Federal Court Rulings May Face Lawsuits, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Judges or clerks who refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in Alabama will face a host of legal troubles, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay a lower court’s decision that struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban. As a result, same-sex marriage is now legal in the state pending further action by the high court, which is set to consider a marriage equality case this spring.
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