Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it is implementing a coordinated response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision approving official prayers before meetings of local government bodies.
The plan, dubbed “Operation Inclusion,” is necessary to ensure that the rights of all Americans are protected and to respond to misleading claims by Religious Right groups, Americans United says. Read more
The Roanoke County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not change its current non-sectarian prayer policy to one that permits only Christians to deliver official invocations before meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Greece, N.Y.’s policy of opening government meetings with Christian prayers.
In a 5-4 decision today, the high court said that Marsh v. Chambers, a 1983 ruling that permits state legislatures to pay for official chaplains and open sessions with prayers, authorizes the town’s practice. Read more
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against an international Christian ministry’s request for additional exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called birth control mandate, Americans United for Separation for Church and State says.
Reaching Souls International, Inc., which has just 10 full-time employees, is already exempt from the mandate and must only sign paperwork confirming its religious opposition to birth control to receive an exemption. Once it does that, its employees may access contraceptives through an independent third party insurance provider. Read more
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 Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.
A legal brief filed by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and 20 other religious and public policy groups says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it restricts, rather than preserves, religious liberty. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State says New Jersey officials can’t approve vanity license plates with religious language while denying a resident one that reads “8THEIST.”
In a lawsuit filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Americans United said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission demeaned atheists and favored religion over non-belief when it rejected the specialized plate. Read more
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against four sectarian universities requesting additional exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, Americans United for Separation for Church and State says. Read more
Government officials in Phoenix are violating the law by compelling individuals suspected of prostitution-related offenses to participate in a program administered by religious groups, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.