The Blount County, Tenn., Board of Commissioners has refused to pass a resolution condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s “unlawful” marriage-equality verdict. County Commissioner Karen Miller had proposed the non-binding resolution, which stated that “the Governor, Attorney General, and ALL WE Blount County Legislators have sworn an oath consistent with the moral Law of God.” Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 1 that a Muslim woman who was denied a job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wears a headscarf has the right to sue the company.
The high court reinstated a lawsuit claiming that Abercrombie violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it declined to hire Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim who wears a headscarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision was based on its “look policy,” which prohibits employees from wearing hats and other head coverings. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court should extend marriage equality nationwide, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The high court announced this afternoon that it will hear four consolidated cases challenging the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The practice is now legal in 36 states.
Americans United Executive Director the Rev. Barry W. Lynn said it’s time for the court to make it clear that this issue won’t be settled on the basis of religion.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit over restrictions on church signs in Gilbert, Ariz.
Good News Presbyterian Church alleges that the town’s law, which forbids groups from placing advertising in public right-of-ways more than 12 hours before an event, is discriminatory. Currently, the law allows political signs to be posted 60 days before an election, and ideological signs may be posted indefinitely. Read more
Supreme Court justices rarely give media interviews. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently decided to sit down with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric; one of the things Ginsburg opined on was the high court’s recent ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Read more
When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, millions of Americans expressed their anger. Religious Right leader Tim Wildmon was not among them. Read more
When it comes to church-state separation, the news from the U.S. Supreme Court this year can hardly be called good.
On May 5, the high court gave its blessing to official prayers before meetings of municipal government – even if they’re mostly Christian. At the end of June, the justices ruled that certain closely held corporations can deny employees access to birth control in health-care plans if such coverage offends the owners’ religious beliefs. Read more
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
The U.S. Supreme Court has let us down again this week.
The justices ruled 6-2 that prisoners cannot seek money damages from the state when their rights are violated under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The federal statute’s purpose, in part, is to protect prisoners’ rights to practice their religion. Read more