For-Profit Firm Doesn’t Have Religious Freedom Right To Deny Workers Access To Contraceptives, Americans United Tells Court

Church-State Watchdog Group And Allies Advise Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Eden Foods In Closely Watched Case

A Michigan-based company that produces organic foods does not have a religious liberty right to deny its employees access to birth control, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court. Read more

Americans United Hails Appeals Court Ruling Protecting Employee Access To Contraceptives

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Owners Of Secular Corporations Have No Right To Impose Their Theology On Workers

A federal appeals court today upheld an Obama administration regulation requiring most secular companies to include no-cost contraceptives to employees in health insurance plans, rejecting arguments by sectarian groups that the policy infringes on religious freedom.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the ruling. Read more

HHS Regulations On Birth Control Concede Enough To Religious Groups, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Religiously Affiliated Entities Have No Legal Rights To Interfere In Employees’ Personal Health Decisions

Regulations issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) more than adequately safeguard religious freedom by providing even more protection than the law requires and no more religious accommodations should be made in this area, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Federal Appeals Court Ruling On Contraceptives Distorts Meaning Of Religious Liberty, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Criticizes Decision Curbing Employee Access To Birth Control Under Affordable Care Act

A federal appeals court ruling today that opens the door to allowing a religious employer to deny certain forms of birth control to employees is a dangerous distortion of the principle of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Massachusetts Communities Must Stop Giving Taxpayer Aid To Houses Of Worship, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells State Officials To End Public Aid To Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Massachusetts that they must stop allowing communities to use taxpayer money to renovate houses of worship.

Earlier this year, Americans United received several complaints that Massachusetts municipalities were using funds under the Community Preservation Act to repair churches. This practice, Americans United asserts, violates both the U.S. and Massachusetts constitutions. Read more

Supreme Court Marriage Decisions Advance Equality, While Preserving Religious Liberty For All

Rulings On DOMA, California’s Prop. 8 Are Important Steps Toward Fairness, And Liberty, Says AU’s Lynn

Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions advance equality while preserving religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The justices said the federal statute violates the equal liberty protections of the Fifth Amendment. Read more

U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Must End Religious Discrimination, Says Americans United

Denial Of Citizenship To Atheist Margaret Doughty Is Latest Example of Failure To Accommodate All Beliefs, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

The office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is failing to protect the religious liberty rights of non-believers and religious minorities, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged.    Read more

Civil Liberties Groups Challenge Taxpayer Funding Of Religious Ministries In New Jersey

Public Aid To Sectarian Institutions Violates State Constitution And Law Against Discrimination, Watchdog Organizations Say

Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the national ACLU in filing a lawsuit today to stop the state of New Jersey from awarding more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two higher education institutions dedicated solely to religious training and instruction. Read more

New Hampshire Court Strikes Down Tax-Credit Aid To Religious Schools

Court Agrees With Civil Liberties Organizations That ‘Neo-Voucher’ Program Violates New Hampshire Constitution

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed a state court decision today that said a tuition tax-credit program violates the New Hampshire Constitution.

Ruling in favor of the three civil liberties groups, the Strafford County, N.H., Superior Court held that the state’s Education Tax Credit Program is unconstitutional because it diverts tax payments to religious schools. Read more

Americans United, Allies Urge Federal Court To Ensure Employees’ Access To Birth Control Coverage

Civil Liberties And Religious Groups Say Exemption From Obama Contraceptive Mandate Would Undermine Civil Rights Laws, Hurt Women

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have told a federal appellate court that for-profit businesses cannot use religious liberty arguments to deny their employees access to contraceptive coverage. Read more