Apr 17, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Fairness West Virginia and the law firm of Mayer Brown today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a West Virginia same-sex couple that was harassed and disparaged by a county clerk who cited religious objections to issuing the women a marriage license.
High-school sweethearts Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover visited the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office on Feb. 3, 2016, to obtain a marriage license. Abramovich and Brookover were accompanied by family members to celebrate the happy occasion.
Apr 07, 2017
The U.S. Senate today voted 54-45 to confirm Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the Supreme Court.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:
“Neil Gorsuch has demonstrated that he does not respect the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state, which is the foundation of religious freedom in America. I am gravely concerned he’ll vote to erode that principle and put one of our nation’s most essential liberties at risk.”
As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Gorsuch repeatedly ruled against church-state separation, including:
Mar 24, 2017
WASHINGTON - Today Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Muslim community against President Trump’s second Muslim ban executive order. This lawsuit is the first of its kind to present a diverse set of harms to the American Muslim community not seen in other legal challenges to the ban.
Mar 15, 2017
A federal court in Hawaii this evening put a hold on President Donald J. Trump’s latest executive order that bars issuing new visas to the residents of several Muslim-majority countries and suspends admission of refugees.
U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson said the Trump directive likely violates the church-state separation provisions of the First Amendment by singling out Muslims for ill treatment for no other reason than their religious beliefs.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, hailed the decision in State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump.
Mar 15, 2017
Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn today announced that he will retire at the end of 2017. Lynn, who will turn 69 later this year, has served as Americans United’s executive director for 25 years. He was appointed by the organization’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 22, 1992. “The last 25 years have been amazing,” Lynn said. “I’ve been honored to lead Americans United during what has been a challenging period, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to step down and for Americans United to enter its next phase of growth under new leadership.” Lynn oversaw key legal and legislative victories for Americans United.