Americans United Welcomes Obama Order Barring Discrimination Against LGBT Americans

President Was Right To Reject Exemption For Religious Groups, Church-State Watchdog Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today thanked President Barack Obama for issuing an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The order, to be issued this morning, will not include an exemption for religious groups. Americans United hailed the president for making the right call.

Americans United Blasts ‘Disgraceful’ Senate Vote On Workers’ Access To Birth Control

‘Not My Boss’s Business’ Bill Would Have Stopped For-Profit Corporations From Using Religion To Deny Women Contraceptives, Church-State Watchdog Says

It is deeply disappointing that the U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would have stopped bosses from using their religion to deny essential health care to women, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United Announces Fall ‘Voices United’ Series

Proceeds Will Benefit Church-State Watchdog And Increase Awareness Of Religious Liberty Issues

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the latest additions to its “Voices United” series of events. Highlights include performances by some of the top artists in the entertainment industry.

Highlights include:

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Ohio’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage Cannot Be Defined By Religious Dogma, 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 Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban.

In a legal brief filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups say Ohio’s marriage restriction is unconstitutional; the brief argues that the ban restricts, rather than preserves, religious freedom.

Legal Battle Over North Carolina Town’s Sectarian War Memorial To Go To Trial

Opponents Of Christian Displays In City Of King Will Have Day In Court

A dispute over a Christian war memorial in the city of King, N.C., deserves to go to trial, a federal court has ruled.

The court also ruled that several of the city’s practices with respect to religious memorial ceremonies violate the separation of church and state.

Americans United Dismayed By High Court Ruling Restricting Birth Control Access

Decision Elevates Employers’ Religious Views Over Employees’ Rights, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the owners of some secular, for-profit companies to deny their employees access to birth control is a blow to individual conscience and medical privacy rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Warns Alabama City Not To Discriminate Against Religious Minorities At Local Board Meetings

City of Huntsville Wrongly Cancelled Wiccan Priest’s Pre-Meeting Invocation, Church-State Watchdog Says

The City of Huntsville, Ala., discriminated against a Wiccan priest when it rescinded his invitation to deliver a prayer before a city council meeting, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Blake Kirk had been scheduled to deliver an official invocation before the Huntsville City Council’s June 26 meeting, but his invitation was suddenly withdrawn just days before he was to speak. News reports said Kirk was uninvited due to community concerns about a Wiccan praying at the meeting.