New Hampshire Supreme Court Sidesteps Challenge To Tax-Credit Aid To Religious Schools

Civil Liberties Organizations Criticize Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against ‘Neo-Voucher’ Program On Technical Grounds

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union criticized today’s decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court dismissing a challenge to a tuition tax-credit program on technical grounds.

The state high court dismissed the case, holding that the plaintiffs lack “standing” – the right to sue –despite the fact that the Attorney General’s Office had agreed that one of the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the tax-credit program. Read more

Americans United, Allies File Suit Against Florida Private School Tax-Credit Program

Plan Violates State Constitution And Should Be Struck Down, Church-State Watchdog Says

A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions prohibiting tax-subsidized aid to religious schools and guaranteeing a uniform public education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Americans United Warns North Carolina Schools Not To Comply With New Religion-In-Schools Law

U.S. Constitution Prohibits Public School Staff From Participating In Student-Led Religious Activities, Church-State Watchdog Says

Local boards of education in North Carolina must not allow public school faculty and staff to participate in prayer and worship with students, even though a new state law encourages such activity, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Proposed Ky. ‘Ark Park’ Engages In Religious Employment Discrimination

Policies That Promote Bias Should Disqualify Attraction From Receiving Tax Incentives, Church-State Watchdog Says

A proposed theme park based on the story of Noah’s Ark discriminates in employment in favor of fundamentalist Christians and should be ineligible for tax incentives from the state of Kentucky, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Americans United Welcomes Obama Administration’s Fix On Birth Control Access

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Latest Effort At Accommodation May Not Resolve Controversy

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed support for new regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that are intended to ensure workers’ access to birth control.
 
The Obama administration issued the regulations in response to ongoing legal action by for-profit corporations and religious non-profit groups arguing that they have religiously based objections to contraceptives.
 
Under the new rules, groups that wish to opt-out of providing birth control to their employees must notify HHS via a le

Indiana Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Struck Down, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins With Other Organizations In Filing Brief Before U.S. Appellate Court

Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it is anchored in religion, say Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied groups.
 
Americans United joined the Anti-Defamation League and 22 other religious and public policy groups in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Americans United, Allies Tell Federal Appeals Court To Strike Down Idaho Marriage Ban

Law Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage Based On Religion, Church-State Watchdog Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking a federal appeals court to strike down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The brief in Latta v. Otter, filed today in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is joined by the Anti-Defamation League and a range of other religious and activist groups. In the brief, the groups argue that the state’s ban violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Read more

Americans United Welcomes Obama Order Barring Discrimination Against LGBT Americans

President Was Right To Reject Exemption For Religious Groups, Church-State Watchdog Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today thanked President Barack Obama for issuing an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The order, to be issued this morning, will not include an exemption for religious groups. Americans United hailed the president for making the right call.
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