Americans United Asks Federal Appeals Court To Protect Non-Profit Employees’ Access To Birth Control

Church-State Watchdog Says Religious Organizations Are Not Burdened By Contraceptive Mandate Thanks To Current Accommodation

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against an international Christian ministry’s request for additional exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called birth control mandate, Americans United for Separation for Church and State says.

Reaching Souls International, Inc., which has just 10 full-time employees, is already exempt from the mandate and must only sign paperwork confirming its religious opposition to birth control to receive an exemption. Once it does that, its employees may access contraceptives through an independent third party insurance provider. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Marriage Prohibition Discriminates On The Basis Of Religion, Groups Say

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

A legal brief filed by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and 20 other religious and public policy groups says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it restricts, rather than preserves, religious liberty. Read more

Americans United Asks Federal Court To Approve New Jersey Atheist's Custom License Plate

Church-State Watchdog Group Says State Motor Vehicle Commission Has Discriminated Against Non-Believers

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says New Jersey officials can’t approve vanity license plates with religious language while denying a resident one that reads “8THEIST.”

In a lawsuit filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Americans United said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission demeaned atheists and favored religion over non-belief when it rejected the specialized plate. Read more

Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Protect Birth Control Access

Church-State Watchdog Asks Tenth Circuit To Rule Against Non-Profit Religious Universities

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against four sectarian universities requesting additional exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, Americans United for Separation for Church and State says. Read more

Americans United Tells Phoenix Officials To End Use Of Anti-Prostitution Program Anchored In Religion

Phoenix Endorses Religion And Coerces Suspects To Participate In Sectarian Ministry, Church-State Watchdog Says

Government officials in Phoenix are violating the law by compelling individuals suspected of prostitution-related offenses to participate in a program administered by religious groups, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
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Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Protect Non-Profit Employees’ Access To Birth Control

Religiously Affiliated Organizations Are Not Burdened By Contraceptive Mandate Thanks To Accommodation, Says Church-State Watchdog

Religiously affiliated organizations should not be allowed to prevent their employees and students from accessing contraceptives in health insurance plans because they are not forced to provide those medications directly, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Appeals Court To End Oklahoma's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Discriminatory Marriage Prohibition Violates The First Amendment, Groups Say

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has signed on to a legal brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling striking down Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban.

The brief, filed this week by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups, says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it narrows, rather than preserves, religious liberty. Read more

Americans United Says ‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Justify Performing Harmful ‘Reparative’ Therapy On Minors

New Jersey Law Rightly Protects Children From Anti-Gay Counseling, Church-State Watchdog Tells Federal Court

The doctrine of religious freedom does not give licensed therapists the right to perform damaging “reparative” therapy on minors, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief submitted today in King v. Christie, Americans United told the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state of New Jersey has a duty to protect children from harmful health care, even if that care is given in the name of religion.  Read more

Americans United And Allies Ask Federal Appeals Court To Strike Utah’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Ban Violates First Amendment Religious Liberty Protections, Coalition Says

Americans United has joined a legal brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

The brief, filed by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League and 23 other religious and public policy groups, says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it restricts, rather than protects, religious liberty. Read more

Americans United Applauds Arizona Governor's Veto Of Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom' Bill

Anti-Gay Legislation Would Have Created ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ In State, Says Director Of Church-State Watchdog Group

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and StateArizona Gov. Jan Brewer made the right call in vetoing a harmful bill that would have granted business owners a right to discriminate against same-sex couples in the name of religion, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Brewer announced this evening that she has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have provided legal cover to business owners who did not want to serve gays, lesbians or anyone else who they claimed somehow offended their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read more

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