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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Americans United Blasts ‘Disgraceful’ Senate Vote On Workers’ Access To Birth Control

‘Not My Boss’s Business’ Bill Would Have Stopped For-Profit Corporations From Using Religion To Deny Women Contraceptives, Church-State Watchdog Says

It is deeply disappointing that the U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would have stopped bosses from using their religion to deny essential health care to women, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Americans United Announces Fall ‘Voices United’ Series

Proceeds Will Benefit Church-State Watchdog And Increase Awareness Of Religious Liberty Issues

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the latest additions to its “Voices United” series of events. Highlights include performances by some of the top artists in the entertainment industry.

Highlights include: Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Ohio’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage Cannot Be Defined By Religious Dogma, Groups Say

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 Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban.

In a legal brief filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups say Ohio’s marriage restriction is unconstitutional; the brief argues that the ban restricts, rather than preserves, religious freedom. Read more

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