Supreme Court Made The Wrong Call In Texas License Plate Case, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Decision Will Adversely Affect Religious Minorities And Non-Believers

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today that Texas is permitted to broadly control the messages on specialty license plates is disappointing, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Texas has a license plate program that allows private organizations to design specialty plates, subject to state approval. State officials refused to issue members of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans a plate depicting the Confederate flag on the ground that “many members of the general public find [it] offensive.” Read more

North Carolina Legislators Will Regret The Day They Voted For Religion-Based Discrimination, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Refusals Likely To Spark Costly Litigation

The North Carolina House of Representatives today voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto and approve a bill that gives state magistrates the right to refuse service to same-sex couples and others. It’s a move the state will end up paying for in court, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“By enshrining discrimination into law, North Carolina’s lawmakers just signed a full-employment act for civil liberties lawyers,” said the Rev. Barry W, Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Unfortunately, the state’s taxpayers will be stuck with the tab.” Read more

Americans United Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In Headscarf Discrimination Case

The High Court Correctly Ruled In Favor Of Job Applicant Who Was Denied Employment Based On Her Religious Practice, Church-State Watchdog Says

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the freedom of religion by allowing a lawsuit challenging retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s company policy that banned religious headgear for employees, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
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Federal Court Orders All Ala. Probate Judges To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Americans United And Allies Represent Five Couples Seeking Marriage Equality

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. Read more

La. Governor’s Anti-LGBT Order Has Nothing To Do With ‘Religious Freedom,’ Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Asserts That Jindal’s Action Is A Misguided Political Ploy

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.
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Catholic Hospital Is Not Entitled To Ignore Rules Protecting Worker Retirement Savings, Says Americans United

Broad Exemption From Federal Law Would Harm Employees, Church-State Watchdog Asserts In Legal Brief

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. Read more

Americans United Warns Officials At N.C. County Not To Ban Non-Christian Prayers From Government Meetings

Lincoln County Commission Must Make An Effort To Include All Viewpoints In Official Invocations, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

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. Read more

National Day Of Prayer Undermines Religious Freedom, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Produces Shareable Graphics Exposing Problems Of Official Prayer Event

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.” Read more