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.

Americans United Seeks To Intervene In Notre Dame Lawsuit Challenging Women's Access To Birth Control

Church-State Watchdog Group Asks Federal Court To Allow It To Represent Students Who Want Contraceptive Access

Americans United for Separation of Church and State last night filed a legal motion with a federal court seeking permission to intervene on behalf of three University of Notre Dame students who want to ensure that their health-care plan includes access to contraceptives. The students lack the financial means to purchase contraception on their own.
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Americans United Urges IRS To Step Up Investigations Of Church-Based Partisan Politicking

Church-State Watchdog Says Tax Agency Must Enforce Rules Intended To Prevent Houses Of Worship From Intervening In Elections

It’s time for the IRS to crack down on illegal partisan politicking by churches, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. 

In a letter sent today to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel, Americans United noted that the IRS recently announced proposed tightened rules governing 501(c)(4) organizations. While this is a complex area of tax law, the question of church-based electioneering requires a much simpler fix. Read more

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