Turner v. Fredericksburg

Challenge by member of Fredericksburg City Council, in Virginia, to Council policy requiring prayer at beginning of meetings to be nonsectarian, on the ground that the policy violated his First Amendment and equal-protection rights.

Pelphrey v. Cobb County

Challenging by residents of county in Georgia to the practice by two County Commissions of opening meetings with sectarian prayers.

Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs Association v. Clarke

Challenge to practice of Milwaukee County Sheriff of inviting the Fellowship of Christian Centurions to make proselytizing presentations at mandatory meetings of the county's deputy sheriffs.

Joyner v. Forsyth County

For years, the Forsyth County Board of Supervisors invited local clergy to deliver sectarian prayers at Board meetings; most of the prayers were Christian. In March 2007, the plaintiffs Americans United and the ACLU of North Carolina challenged the Board’s prayer policy in federal court. In January 2010, the trial court ruled that the prayer policy was unconstitutional and had the effect of affiliating the County with Christianity. Read more

Truth v. Kent School District

Challenge by Truth, a religious student club, to policy of Kent School District in Washington of prohibiting student clubs from receiving school recognition or funding if they discriminate on various grounds, including religion.

Strauss v. Horton

Challenge to Proposition 8, which purported to add to the California Constitution a provision stating that "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Stormans v. Selecky

After learning of several incidents in Washington and other states in which pharmacists refused to fill prescriptions for birth-control pills, emergency contraception, and other medications, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations in July 2007 requiring pharmacies to dispense lawfully prescribed drugs, while allowing individual pharmacists to have a colleague fill a prescription if they themselves object to filling it for religious or moral reasons. Read more

Christian Legal Society v. Kane

Challenge by Christian Legal Society to University of California Hastings College of Law’s nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits official recognition of student organizations that discriminate on the basis of, among other things, religion and sexual orientation.

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