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 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.
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.
A coalition of religious leaders and public school administrators should be permitted to challenge a Florida program that violates the state constitution by offering tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more
The First Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against the territory of Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban, Americans United for Separation of Church and State argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday.
Americans United joined the Anti-Defamation League and a wide range of religious and civil liberties groups to tell the court that the ban unconstitutionally restricts the rights of Puerto Rico’s LGBT community. Read more
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley should ignore Chief Justice Roy Moore’s recent letter on same-sex marriage, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Moore wrote to Bentley Jan. 27 and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court recently struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.
The U.S. Supreme Court should extend marriage equality nationwide, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The high court announced this afternoon that it will hear four consolidated cases challenging the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The practice is now legal in 36 states.
Americans United Executive Director the Rev. Barry W. Lynn said it’s time for the court to make it clear that this issue won’t be settled on the basis of religion.