Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Marriage Equality is a Matter of Simple Justice, Says Americans United
The U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing oral arguments in a case about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law that bars federal government recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples. Yesterday, the justices heard argument in a case dealing with Proposition 8, a California constitutional amendment that removed the right of same-sex couples to marry.
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Monday, March 11, 2013
Corporations Don't Have Religious Liberty Right To Deny Workers Access To Birth Control, Americans United Tells Court
Corporations do not have a religious liberty right to opt out of providing health insurance plans that include contraceptive coverage, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
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Monday, March 04, 2013
Defense Of Marriage Act Promotes Religion And Should Be Struck Down, Says Americans United
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an example of government promotion of religion and should be struck down, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the U.S. Supreme Court. Americans United on Friday joined a friend-of-the-court brief asserting that DOMA should be struck down on church-state grounds.
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Friday, February 01, 2013
Americans United Issues Statement On Obama Contraceptive Rule
The Obama administration’s proposed rule on access to birth control for employees at religious institutions appears to preserve women's access to contraception while bending over backward to address religious objections to the prior rules, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Monday, January 28, 2013
American Workers' Access to Birth Control Must Not Be Subject to Employers' Religion, Says Americans United
American workers’ access to birth control should not be subject to their employers’ religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. In a friend-of-the-court brief , Americans United urged the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with a health insurance that includes no-cost birth control.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
‘School Choice Week’ Promotes Vouchers, Undermines Public Schools, Says Americans United
Sectarian lobbies and right-wing interest groups are waging war on the public school system, and “National School Choice Week” is part of that effort, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Monday, September 10, 2012
Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate El Paso Church That Urged Parishioners to Vote Against Obama
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an El Paso Catholic church that called for the defeat of President Barack Obama. St. Raphael Catholic Church ran a notice in a church bulletin dated Aug. 5 that reads, “I am asking all of you to go to the polls and be united in replacing our present president with a president that will respect the Catholic Church in this country. Please pass this on to all of your Catholic friends.”
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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Americans United Urges Appeals Court To Uphold Access To Birth Control At Washington State Pharmacies
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that pharmacies do not have the right to opt out of filling certain prescriptions on religious or moral grounds.
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Monday, July 23, 2012
Federal Appeals Court Rules That Wisconsin Public School May Not Hold Graduation Ceremonies In A Church
Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed a decision today by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a Wisconsin school district violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution when it held its graduation ceremonies in a church.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Catholic Hierarchy's 'Fortnight for Freedom' Campaign is Thoroughly Misguided, Says Americans United
The Catholic bishops’ new “religious liberty” campaign jeopardizes the rights of all Americans, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a statement issued today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on every diocese in the country to engage in a “Fortnight for Freedom” during the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July. Parishioners will be asked to study, pray and take action about alleged infringements on religious liberty.
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