Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan

Religiously Based Definition Of Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Groups Say

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold lower court rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.  
 
Three separate legal briefs 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 the three state marriage bans are unconstitutional; the briefs argue that the bans restrict, rather than preserve, religious freedom.   Read more

Supreme Court Right To Skip Wisc. Graduation-In-Church Case, Says Americans United

Appeals Court Said Public School Commencement Ceremonies Should Not Be Held In Religious Settings

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will not hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling striking down a Wisconsin school district’s use of an evangelical megachurch to hold commencement ceremonies. Read more

Reject Religiously Based Discrimination In Taxpayer Funded Programs, Americans United And Allies Tell Holder

Civil Liberties Groups Seek End To Loophole Allowing Faith Organizations To Violate Women’s Rights

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and the Obama administration should plug a legal loophole that allows “faith-based” groups to accept taxpayer funding to pay for social services yet still discriminate on religious grounds when hiring staff, 90 organizations say. Read more

Americans United Urges Court To Rule Against Non-Profits Seeking Exemptions From Contraception Mandate

Religious Charities Are Already Granted Generous Accommodations, Church-State Watchdog Says

Two religiously affiliated non-profits should not receive further exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United says that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville, N.Y., are not unfairly burdened by a requirement to certify their objection to the contraception mandate. Read more

Supreme Court Should Allow Ark. Prisoner To Grow Beard, Americans United Says

Inmate’s Facial Hair Presents No Threat To The Rights Of Others, Church-State Watchdog Tells High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of an Arkansas prisoner denied the right to grow a half-inch beard for religious purposes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, attorneys for Americans United argued that Gregory Holt, who goes by the name Abdul Maalik Muhammed and identifies as a devout Salafist Muslim, should have been permitted to grow a modest beard in accordance with his faith.
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ACLU And Americans United Say Va. County Board May Not Permit Only Ministers Ordained By Monotheistic Religions To Open Meetings

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling That Permits Pre-Meeting Prayer Does Not Authorize Chesterfield’s Discriminatory Policy, Civil Liberties Groups Say

 

The Chesterfield County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not permit only “ordained religious leaders of monotheistic religions” to offer prayers before board meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia say.

In a letter sent today to the board, Americans United and the ACLU write that all faiths must have an opportunity to offer pre-meeting prayers in order for the board’s policy to comply with the First Amendment. Read more

Americans United Announces Response To Misguided Supreme Court Ruling On Legislative Prayer

Church-State Watchdog Group Launching ‘Operation Inclusion,’ A Multi-Pronged Strategy To Protect The Rights Of All Americans

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it is implementing a coordinated response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision approving official prayers before meetings of local government bodies.

The plan, dubbed “Operation Inclusion,” is necessary to ensure that the rights of all Americans are protected and to respond to misleading claims by Religious Right groups, Americans United says. Read more

Americans United Says Va. County Board May Not Adopt A Prayer Policy That Discriminates Against Non-Christians

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling That Permits Pre-Meeting Prayer Does Not Authorize Roanoke’s Exclusionary Proposal, Church-State Watchdog Says

 

The Roanoke County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not change its current non-sectarian prayer policy to one that permits only Christians to deliver official invocations before meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

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