Americans United, ACLU Settle Kentucky Lawsuit Challenging Religious Coercion At State-Funded Baptist Children’s Home

State Officials Agree To Broad Reforms At All Publicly Funded Child-Care Agencies

Kentucky state government has agreed to make broad changes in its child-care system to protect children against religious coercion, indoctrination and discrimination in order to settle a bitterly fought, decade-long federal lawsuit filed by state taxpayers. Read more

Louisiana Voucher Plan Forces Taxpayers To Subsidize Religious Instruction, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On State Supreme Court To Invalidate Plan

Louisiana’s school voucher law should be struck down because it subsidizes religion with public funds and lacks accountability standards, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the state supreme court. Read more

Corporations Don't Have Religious Liberty Right To Deny Workers Access To Birth Control, Americans United Tells Court

Exemption From Obama Contraceptive Mandate Would Harm Women, Undercut Civil Rights Laws, Says Church-State Watchdog

Corporations do not have a religious liberty right to opt out of providing health insurance plans that include contraceptive coverage, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Read more

Defense Of Marriage Act Promotes Religion And Should Be Struck Down, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Asserts That Law Enshrines Certain Theological Views Into Law

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an example of government promotion of religion and should be struck down, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

Americans United on Friday joined a friend-of-the-court brief asserting that DOMA should be struck down on church-state grounds. Read more

Marriage Law Should Not Be Based On Theology, Americans United Tells Supreme Court

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins Anti-Defamation League In Urging High Court To Affirm Secular Basis For Laws

Laws governing marriage in the United States should not reflect religious views because such rationales often evolve over time as attitudes change, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Appeals Court Upholds Voucher Plan That Would Fund Religious Schools In Colorado

Ruling Will Be Appealed To Colorado Supreme Court, ACLU And Americans United Say

A Colorado appeals court ruled 2-1 today that a voucher plan adopted by the Douglas County School District does not violate the Colorado Constitution by diverting taxpayer money to pay students’ tuition at religious and other private schools.

Americans United Asks Federal Court To Bar Sectarian Prayer At Maryland Town Council’s Meetings

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Brentwood Invocations Violate The Constitution

By reciting a Christian prayer to open its meetings, the Brentwood, Md., Town Council has aligned itself with a single religion in violation of the U.S. Constitution, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal court.

In a lawsuit filed today on behalf of two residents of the community, Americans United said the council’s practice of beginning its sessions with the Lord’s Prayer transgresses the First Amendment. Read more

Americans United Urges U.S. House To Reject Taxpayer-Funded Repair Of Houses Of Worship

Bill Would Authorize Federal Agency To Pay For Rebuilding Of Houses Of Worship Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Taxpayers should not be asked to pay for reconstruction of houses of worship damaged during hurricanes and other natural disasters, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against HR 592, a measure that would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue direct grants to churches and other religious institutions.  Read more

Americans United Issues Statement On Obama Contraceptive Rule

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Policy Appears To Protect Employees’ Access To Birth Control At Religiously Affiliated Institutions

The Obama administration’s proposed rule on access to birth control for employees at religious institutions appears to preserve women's access to contraception while bending over backward to address religious objections to the prior rules, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

American Workers’ Access To Birth Control Must Not Be Subject To Employers’ Religion, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Appeals Court To Uphold Obama Administration’s Contraceptive Mandate

American workers’ access to birth control should not be subject to their employers’ religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United urged the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with a health insurance that includes no-cost birth control. Read more

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