Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Ohio’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage Cannot Be Defined By Religious Dogma, Groups Say

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

Legal Battle Over North Carolina Town’s Sectarian War Memorial To Go To Trial

Opponents Of Christian Displays In City Of King Will Have Day In Court

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

Americans United Dismayed By High Court Ruling Restricting Birth Control Access

Decision Elevates Employers’ Religious Views Over Employees’ Rights, Church-State Watchdog Says

 
The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the owners of some secular, for-profit companies to deny their employees access to birth control is a blow to individual conscience and medical privacy rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Warns Alabama City Not To Discriminate Against Religious Minorities At Local Board Meetings

City of Huntsville Wrongly Cancelled Wiccan Priest’s Pre-Meeting Invocation, Church-State Watchdog Says

The City of Huntsville, Ala., discriminated against a Wiccan priest when it rescinded his invitation to deliver a prayer before a city council meeting, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Blake Kirk had been scheduled to deliver an official invocation before the Huntsville City Council’s June 26 meeting, but his invitation was suddenly withdrawn just days before he was to speak. News reports said Kirk was uninvited due to community concerns about a Wiccan praying at the meeting. Read more

Americans United Demands Arizona Charter School Stop Using Religious Texts In Government Class

Heritage Academy In Mesa Must Remove Sectarian And Misleading Books From Curriculum, Church-State Watchdog Says

A public charter school in Mesa, Ariz., violated the Constitution by using sectarian books as history textbooks for high school students, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a letter submitted to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools on Tuesday, the group argued that The 5,000 Year Leap and The Making of America, both by W. Cleon Skousen, teach debunked “Christian nation” history in addition to sexist, racist and anti-Semitic messages. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan

Religiously Based Definition Of Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Groups Say

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold lower court rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.  
 
Three separate legal briefs 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 the three state marriage bans are unconstitutional; the briefs argue that the bans restrict, rather than preserve, religious freedom.   Read more

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