Americans United Advises Ala. Governor To Ignore Advice On Same-Sex Marriage From Chief Justice Roy Moore

Controversial Jurist Doesn’t Understand Basics Of U.S. Law, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley should ignore Chief Justice Roy Moore’s recent letter on same-sex marriage, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Moore wrote to Bentley Jan. 27 and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court recently struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.
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Application Of Church-State Separation Key To Marriage Equality Issue, Says Americans United

Group Says Supreme Court Should Reject Mixing Theology With Public Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court should extend marriage equality nationwide, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court announced this afternoon that it will hear four consolidated cases challenging the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The practice is now legal in 36 states.

Americans United Executive Director the Rev. Barry W. Lynn said it’s time for the court to make it clear that this issue won’t be settled on the basis of religion.
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Americans United Statement On Vandalism Of Satanic Temple Display In Florida

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today issued the following statement about the vandalism of the Satanic Temple’s display at the State Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee, Fla.:

“This act of mindless vandalism should be condemned by all decent people and all those who support true freedom of religion. It’s important to remember that free speech in an open forum is for all groups, even those whose message some deem controversial or unpopular. Read more

Americans United Warns Ohio Officials That Public Schools Can’t Be Required To Partner With Houses Of Worship

State Must Take Steps To Protect Students In Mentoring Program From Proselytism, Says Church-State Watchdog

Ohio officials may not require public school districts to partner with churches and faith-based organizations as a condition of taking part in a tax-funded mentoring program, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter sent to Ohio officials, Americans United explains that the Community Connectors program, which provides $10 million in 3-to-1 matching grants, violates the First Amendment because it gives religious organizations priority over secular groups. Read more

Drop Sponsorship Of Evangelical Christian Rally, AU Tells Louisiana Gov. Jindal

Church-State Watchdog Group Reminds Governor He Was Elected To Represent All Constituents, Not Just Christians

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to end his sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally, saying his behavior is inappropriate and possibly illegal.

Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to “The Response-Louisiana,” a fundamentalist Christian event that, in Jindal’s words, promotes the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
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Americans United Issues Report Countering Religious Right Claims Of Religious Liberty Abuses In The Military

Church-State Watch Group Debunks Family Research Council’s Assertions

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today released an in-depth report that debunks claims by Religious Right groups that religious liberty in the military is under siege.

The AU report, “Clear and Present Falsehoods: The Real State of Religious Freedom in the Military,” responds to an earlier report by the Family Research Council (FRC) that purported to list widespread instances of religious liberty violations in the armed forces.
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