A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions prohibiting tax-subsidized aid to religious schools and guaranteeing a uniform public education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Local boards of education in North Carolina must not allow public school faculty and staff to participate in prayer and worship with students, even though a new state law encourages such activity, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
A proposed theme park based on the story of Noah’s Ark discriminates in employment in favor of fundamentalist Christians and should be ineligible for tax incentives from the state of Kentucky, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
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.
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.