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A Broad Ruling In Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer Could Pave The Way For Private School Voucher Programs

Nearly 20 years ago, Betsy DeVos and her husband were the primary funders of an effort to strip the Michigan Constitution’s no-aid clause – the provision that ensures the government doesn’t funnel taxpayer dollars to religious institutions, including private religious schools. Their goal: remove the constitutional barrier to implementation of a private school voucher program.

Most Small Business Owners In Colo. Oppose Laws That Use Religion To Trump LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Protections, New Poll Shows

In this tense political climate, bad news sometimes overshadows the good news, and today’s news is good. 
 
A new opinion poll released yesterday by the Small Business Majority reveals that “65% of Colorado small business owners believe business owners should not be allowed to deny services to LGBT individuals based on the owner’s religious beliefs.”
 

Colo. Graphic Artist Sues Over Marriage Equality

A Colorado graphic designer filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 20 challenging Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws that would prevent her from refusing to serve same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs – even though no same-sex couples have tried to hire her.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Lorie Smith and her studio, 303 Creative, against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Aubrey Elenis, director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division.

If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Pro-Voucher Group Attempts To Circumvent Colorado Supreme Court

Yesterday Americans United asked a federal court in Colorado to dismiss an attempt by a pro-voucher group to circumvent the Colorado Supreme Court by filing a case in federal court. The plaintiffs are a group of Douglas County parents who argue that the district’s voucher plan, which applies only to secular schools, as mandated by the Colorado Supreme Court, violates the U.S. Constitution. But if you are thinking that this isn’t our first time addressing this issue in Colorado, you are right.    

The Great Pokémon Freak-Out: Gotta Catch ‘Em All – And End Up In Hell!

Last night after dinner my 18-year-old son grabbed his smartphone and announced that he was going outside to capture Jigglypuff.

I rolled my eyes. “Pokémon Go, right?”

“Yep.”

As Paul went out the door I had to laugh internally because even though I really don’t understand how this new “augmented reality” app works (and don’t really care to), I remember something he does not: The great Religious Right Pokémon freak-out!

AU And Allied Groups Challenge New Voucher Scheme In Colorado

Americans United and allied groups have blocked an attempt to reinstitute a voucher plan in Douglas County, Colo.

In June 2015, Americans United and other groups successfully challenged the Douglas County School District’s so-called “Choice Scholarship Pilot Program” when the Colorado Sup­reme Court ruled that the ploy violated the Colorado Constitution because it improperly diverted public funds to private, religious schools.

God’s Will Not Done?: Disgraced Former Navy Chaplain Loses Bid For Public Office

It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran legislator Bob Gardner beat Klingenschmitt in a landslide. Gardner will face a Democratic challenger in November.

ACLU, Americans United Challenge Lawsuit Attempting to Circumvent Colorado Supreme Court School Voucher Ruling

DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU and the law firm Arnold & Porter — who successfully challenged a Douglas County school voucher program before the Colorado Supreme Court last year — filed motions yesterday challenging the validity of a new lawsuit that asks a federal district court to issue an unprecedented order that would require the Douglas County School District to divert taxpayer funds to religious schools. 

Sign With Bible Passage Removed From Colo. County Office After AU Complaint

On the heels of a complaint from Americans United, a county clerk’s office in Colorado has removed a religious poster that critics said was intended to cast doubt on the validity of the marriages of same-sex couples.

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroe­der put up the poster in 2014 after a federal appeals court ruling made marriage equality the law in Colorado and several other nearby states. It depicted an image of a bride and a groom accompanied by a verse from the first Book of Corinthians that read, “…each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”

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