A federal district court yesterday ordered all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to all qualified same-sex couples.
The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama applies to all probate judges, which are responsible for issuing marriage licenses, in Alabama’s 67 counties.
Protecting the so-called “religious freedom” rights of anti-gay fundamentalists is not a justification for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order authorizing discrimination against LGBT persons, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Last night, Jindal signed Executive Order BJ 15-8, which purports to permit government employees, business owners and others to refuse service to LGBT persons if they do so on the basis of their religious beliefs.
A New Jersey-based Catholic health care system that underfunds its pension plan should not be allowed to exempt itself from employee-benefits protections by labeling its benefits package as a “church plan,” Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allies say.
The Lincoln County Commission in North Carolina may not prohibit non-Christians from offering opening prayers at its meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In a letter sent today, Americans United makes it clear to the commissioners that the First Amendment does not permit government to favor one religion over others.
The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is a constitutionally suspect government endorsement of religion, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
“The government should not be giving out prayer instructions,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Those who want to pray are more than capable of doing so without government coercion; those who do not wish to pray surely do not appreciate a federal directive endorsing belief over non-belief.”
Georgia officials must refrain from displaying the Christian flag at city and county buildings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In letters sent today to officials in both the city of Cochran and Bleckley County, Americans United explains that flying the Christian flag on public property violates the First Amendment.
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.