Americans United joined allies outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 5 to show support for religious freedom and fairness as the justices heard arguments in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
There’s no denying that 2017 was a tough year for advocates of religious freedom and church-state separation. Yet despite the barrage of assaults from the Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration, Americans United saw important victories in and out of court.
As we look ahead to 2018, here’s a list of what are, in our opinion, the top 10 church-state stories from 2017:
Americans United staff members and chapter activists have been busy supporting separation of church and state through a variety of activities. Here’s some information on recent events:
Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn made a round of final public appearances for the group last month. (Lynn, who has served as AU’s executive director since 1992, is retiring this month.)
On Dec. 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have a huge impact on how our nation’s anti-discrimination laws protect the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, women and just about anyone.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by six civil-rights and religious organizations, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that a Colorado bakery does not have a religious-freedom right to refuse to serve same-sex couples in violation of the state’s antidiscrimination laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for December 5 in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications for religious freedom.
The Supreme Court will soon hear the case of a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, who insists that he has a right, under the First Amendment, to refuse service to same-sex couples.
Phillips asserts that his religious beliefs preclude him from baking wedding cakes for same-sex couples. His attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) also argue that Phillips is a “cake artist” and can’t be compelled to create something that offends his faith.
In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins faced a double serving of discrimination when they were ready to get married: They couldn’t marry in their home state because Colorado did not yet allow marriage equality, and a bakery in Denver’s suburbs refused to make them a wedding cake.
As we approach the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court term that will include two cases with major church-state separation implications, you can show your support for religious freedom and AU’s work by pledging that “Religious Freedom Is About Fairness.”
The pledge, which you can take here, affirms:
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission this term. The case may have a huge impact on the meaning of religious freedom in the United States.