Gender Identity Is Not A Pretense

Science Backs Civil Rights For Transgender Individuals I was disappointed by your response to the letter from Tom Kirkman III berating AU for its opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 and similar proposals that would discriminate against transgender individu ... Read »

What A Long, Satisfying Trip It Has Been: Farewell And Thanks!

I was introduced at a New York City fundraiser in 1975 by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as a “young man who I think has signed on to the long haul for social justice.” Over the years, whenever I considered moving into a trade association or a ... Read »

God’s Own Party

Pat Robertson And The Rise Of The Religious Right

Terry Heaton worked for TV preacher Pat Robertson as a television producer for two stints in the 1980s. His new book, The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP, is part memoir, part political analysis. It’s a curious book. Heaton is at times critical o ... Read »

Americans United In Action!

Staff Members And Activists Work To Build Support For Church-State Separation

Americans United staff members and activists continue speaking and organizing to defend the church-state wall. Here is a roundup of some recent activities: Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, traveled to the Bay Area of California in mi ... Read »

Singing From A Different Hymnal

Trump’s Church-State Policies Are Spurring Dissenting Religious Groups To Stand Up To The Extremism Of The Religious Right

Yasmine Taeb’s investment in the fight against government-sponsored religious discrimination is personal. She and her family are Iranian-American Muslims, with many family members living in Iran who “are absolutely impacted” by President Donald J. Trump’s ... Read »

West Virginia Win!

Americans United And Allies Secure Settlement For Couple Who Endured Anti-LGBTQ Harassment When They Sought To Marry

When high-school sweet­­hearts Amanda Abramo­vich and Saman­tha Brook­over applied for a marriage license on Feb. 3, 2016, in Glenville, W.Va., they expected it to be one of the happiest days of their lives. Instead, they were on the receiving end of verb ... Read »

Penalty Flag

A Wash. Public School Football Coach Has No Right To Pray With Students, A Federal Appeals Court Says

Joe Kennedy, an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington State, insisted that he had a right to pray with players and students at the 50-yard line after games. Officials at Kennedy’s school felt differently – and so did Americans Un ... Read »

Let Them Eat Cake

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide If A Bakery Can Use Religion As An Excuse To Deny Services To Same-Sex Couples

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 t ... Read »

Rochester Chapter presents The Rev. Barry W. Lynn

October 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm Executive Director Barry Lynn will be retiring at the end of this year after a remarkable 25 years of service to Americans United. It is our good fortune that Barry has agreed to return to Rochester in October to present his pe ... Read »