Federal Court Approves Settlement Requiring Mich. City To Give Atheists Equal Access To City Hall

In a victory for religious freedom, a federal judge today approved a settlement requiring the city of Warren, Mich., to allow an atheist to set up a “reason station” inside city hall after Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued in response to city officials’ efforts to allow only a “prayer station” to operate inside the public building.  Read more

Americans United Will Represent Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses in Alabama

Clients in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston And Lauderdale Counties Denied Licenses By Probate Judges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has agreed to represent four same-sex couples in Alabama who have been denied marriage licenses.

The couples reside in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston and Lauderdale counties. Each couple visited the probate judge in their respective county to request a marriage license, but all were denied.
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Local Courts Cannot Block Same-Sex Marriages In Alabama, Americans United Says

Judges Or Clerks Who Fail To Uphold Federal Court Rulings May Face Lawsuits, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Judges or clerks who refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in Alabama will face a host of legal troubles, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay a lower court’s decision that struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban. As a result, same-sex marriage is now legal in the state pending further action by the high court, which is set to consider a marriage equality case this spring.
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Americans United Says Suit Against Florida Private School Tax-Credit Program Should Proceed

Taxpayers Have The Right To Challenge Plan That Violates State Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

A coalition of religious leaders and public school administrators should be permitted to challenge a Florida program that violates the state constitution by offering tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

Federal Court Should Strike Down Puerto Rico’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Says Americans United

Territory’s Prohibition Violates Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

The First Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against the territory of Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban, Americans United for Separation of Church and State argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday.

Americans United joined the Anti-Defamation League and a wide range of religious and civil liberties groups to tell the court that the ban unconstitutionally restricts the rights of Puerto Rico’s LGBT community. Read more

Americans United, Allies, Ask North Carolina Court To Strike Down State’s School Voucher Scheme

Vouchers Are An Unconstitutional Taxpayer Bailout For Sectarian Schools, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to strike down a program that sends millions of dollars in state funds to private and religious institutions.
In friend-of-the-court briefs filed in the cases of Richardson v. North Carolina and Hart v.

Americans United Advises Ala. Governor To Ignore Advice On Same-Sex Marriage From Chief Justice Roy Moore

Controversial Jurist Doesn’t Understand Basics Of U.S. Law, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley should ignore Chief Justice Roy Moore’s recent letter on same-sex marriage, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Moore wrote to Bentley Jan. 27 and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court recently struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.
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