Federal Appeals Court Ruling On Contraceptives Distorts Meaning Of Religious Liberty, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Criticizes Decision Curbing Employee Access To Birth Control Under Affordable Care Act

A federal appeals court ruling today that opens the door to allowing a religious employer to deny certain forms of birth control to employees is a dangerous distortion of the principle of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Massachusetts Communities Must Stop Giving Taxpayer Aid To Houses Of Worship, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells State Officials To End Public Aid To Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Massachusetts that they must stop allowing communities to use taxpayer money to renovate houses of worship.

Earlier this year, Americans United received several complaints that Massachusetts municipalities were using funds under the Community Preservation Act to repair churches. This practice, Americans United asserts, violates both the U.S. and Massachusetts constitutions. Read more

Supreme Court Marriage Decisions Advance Equality, While Preserving Religious Liberty For All

Rulings On DOMA, California’s Prop. 8 Are Important Steps Toward Fairness, And Liberty, Says AU’s Lynn

Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions advance equality while preserving religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The justices said the federal statute violates the equal liberty protections of the Fifth Amendment. Read more

Civil Liberties Groups Challenge Taxpayer Funding Of Religious Ministries In New Jersey

Public Aid To Sectarian Institutions Violates State Constitution And Law Against Discrimination, Watchdog Organizations Say

Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the national ACLU in filing a lawsuit today to stop the state of New Jersey from awarding more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two higher education institutions dedicated solely to religious training and instruction. Read more

New Hampshire Court Strikes Down Tax-Credit Aid To Religious Schools

Court Agrees With Civil Liberties Organizations That ‘Neo-Voucher’ Program Violates New Hampshire Constitution

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed a state court decision today that said a tuition tax-credit program violates the New Hampshire Constitution.

Ruling in favor of the three civil liberties groups, the Strafford County, N.H., Superior Court held that the state’s Education Tax Credit Program is unconstitutional because it diverts tax payments to religious schools. Read more

Celebrities Jane Lynch And Jordan Peele Lift Their Voices To Support Separation Of Church And State

Amusing New Music Video Highlights Breakup Between ‘Church’ And ‘State’

Popular performers Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele are lending their support to the campaign to keep church and state separate.

Lynch and Peele have just finished a new music video for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In the video, Lynch portrays “Church” and Peele portrays “State” as the duo, decked out in cheesy 1970s garb, perform a special song concluding they’re not right for one another and it would be best if they separated for good. Read more

Supreme Court Should Rule Against Sectarian Prayers Before Town Board Meetings, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges High Court To Use Greece, N.Y., Case To Affirm Government Neutrality Toward Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will hear a lawsuit challenging Christian invocations before town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the organization that is sponsoring the lawsuit, urged the high court to affirm government neutrality on religion. Read more

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