AU, Allied Groups Ask Calif. Supreme Court To Nullify Proposition 8

Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Violates Core Freedoms, Coalition Asserts

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined a legal brief asking the California Supreme Court to nullify Proposition 8, a November ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state.

The friend-of-the-court brief, filed today by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League and 30 other civil rights and civil liberties groups, argues that a bare majority of voters should not be permitted to remove fundamental rights from a minority group. Read more

Christian Cross Does Not Honor All Deceased Veterans

San Diego Religious Symbol's Display On Public Land Violates Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Group Argues

The Christian cross is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives and should not be displayed on government property, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

Americans United and other religious and civil liberties groups today asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s ruling holding that the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego is a secular war memorial. Read more

White House Report Seeks To Mask Monumental Failure Of 'Faith-Based' Initiative

Bush Initiative Was Focused On Politics, Not Policy, Charges Church-State Watchdog Group

Today’s White House report on President George W. Bush’s “faith-based” initiative seeks to mask the shortcomings of a badly failed policy, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“The Bush initiative played crass politics with social service funding and jeopardized civil rights and civil liberties,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “All the PR spin in the world can’t turn this monumental Bush failure into a success. Read more

Arkansas Public School's Promotion Of Religion Violates Constitution

Church-State Watchdog Group Challenges Special Building Addition For Fellowship Of Christian Athletes

A public school in Arkansas violated the U.S. Constitution by arranging construction of a special meeting room for a Christian student group, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

School officials at Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs, Ark., refer to the room, built for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as the “FCA room.” The space was constructed as an addition to the school’s football complex; it contains a plaque that displays a cross and the words “Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meets Here!” Read more

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