Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Protect Non-Profit Employees’ Access To Birth Control

Religiously Affiliated Organizations Are Not Burdened By Contraceptive Mandate Thanks To Accommodation, Says Church-State Watchdog

Religiously affiliated organizations should not be allowed to prevent their employees and students from accessing contraceptives in health insurance plans because they are not forced to provide those medications directly, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Appeals Court To End Oklahoma's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Discriminatory Marriage Prohibition Violates The First Amendment, Groups Say

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has signed on to a legal brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling striking down Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban.

The brief, filed this week by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups, says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it narrows, rather than preserves, religious liberty. Read more

Americans United Says ‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Justify Performing Harmful ‘Reparative’ Therapy On Minors

New Jersey Law Rightly Protects Children From Anti-Gay Counseling, Church-State Watchdog Tells Federal Court

The doctrine of religious freedom does not give licensed therapists the right to perform damaging “reparative” therapy on minors, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief submitted today in King v. Christie, Americans United told the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state of New Jersey has a duty to protect children from harmful health care, even if that care is given in the name of religion.  Read more

Americans United And Allies Ask Federal Appeals Court To Strike Utah’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Ban Violates First Amendment Religious Liberty Protections, Coalition Says

Americans United has joined a legal brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

The brief, filed by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League and 23 other religious and public policy groups, says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it restricts, rather than protects, religious liberty. Read more

Americans United Applauds Arizona Governor's Veto Of Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom' Bill

Anti-Gay Legislation Would Have Created ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ In State, Says Director Of Church-State Watchdog Group

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and StateArizona Gov. Jan Brewer made the right call in vetoing a harmful bill that would have granted business owners a right to discriminate against same-sex couples in the name of religion, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Brewer announced this evening that she has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have provided legal cover to business owners who did not want to serve gays, lesbians or anyone else who they claimed somehow offended their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read more

Workers’ Medical Benefits Shouldn’t Be Subject To A Religious Veto, Americans United Tells Supreme Court

Secular, For-Profit Corporations Do Not Have Religious Freedom Rights, Church-State Watchdog And Allies Assert In Brief

The U.S. Supreme Court should rule that owners of secular, for-profit corporations do not have the right to deny their employees access to contraceptives on religious freedom grounds, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies say. Read more

Promoters Of ‘School Choice Week’ Misleading Public About School Vouchers, Coalition Says

Private School Vouchers Don’t Work, Groups Supporting Public Schools Assert

The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) says it’s unfortunate that “National School Choice Week,” which takes place Jan. 26-Feb.1, so heavily promotes private school vouchers as a positive choice for America’s students. 

Vouchers don’t provide equal access to high quality education or set high standards and accountability. Instead, study after study has found they are ineffective, lack accountability to taxpayers and strip students of rights otherwise provided in public school.  Read more

Americans United Wins Right To Represent Women Seeking Access To Birth Control In Notre Dame Lawsuit

Federal Appeals Court Says Church-State Watchdog Group May Intervene On Behalf Of Three Anonymous Plaintiffs

Americans United for Separation of Church and State last night won the right to intervene in a federal lawsuit that focuses on the right of students, faculty and staff to access birth control at the University of Notre Dame.
 
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order granting Americans United the right to represent three anonymous Notre Dame students.

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