Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking a federal appeals court to strike down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The brief in Latta v. Otter, filed today in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is joined by the Anti-Defamation League and a range of other religious and activist groups. In the brief, the groups argue that the state’s ban violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today thanked President Barack Obama for issuing an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The order, to be issued this morning, will not include an exemption for religious groups. Americans United hailed the president for making the right call.
It is deeply disappointing that the U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would have stopped bosses from using their religion to deny essential health care to women, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the latest additions to its “Voices United” series of events. Highlights include performances by some of the top artists in the entertainment industry.
Highlights include: Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban.
In a legal brief filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups say Ohio’s marriage restriction is unconstitutional; the brief argues that the ban restricts, rather than preserves, religious freedom. Read more
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) violated the separation of church and state through an aggressive program of monitoring that targeted Muslims in New Jersey, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced its support for federal legislation designed to restore working women’s access to contraceptives, a right placed in jeopardy by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Read more
A dispute over a Christian war memorial in the city of King, N.C., deserves to go to trial, a federal court has ruled.
The court also ruled that several of the city’s practices with respect to religious memorial ceremonies violate the separation of church and state. Read more