VA faith-based groups ask court to reconsider ruling that allows state to ruin them for their beliefs 

NOTE: This lawsuit — objecting to the horrific fines imposed for hiring people aligned with a nonprofit’s principles — directly affects Virginia-based Catholic schools and nonprofits . ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new lawsuit challenges a Virginia law that forces nonprofit ministries to abandon their core convictions in hiring and other policies or face fines up…

2nd Circuit Ends 21 Years of Discrimination: VT can’t exclude students at religious high schools from tuition program

2nd Circuit Ends 21 Years of Discrimination: VT can’t exclude students at religious high schools from tuition program

Vermont maintains a Town Tuition Program, which provides educational vouchers for students who live in the towns that lack public schools. Students at public and secular private schools are eligible, and so are home-schooled students, but students at religious private high schools are excluded. In a ruling Wednesday (June 2, 2021),  the U.S. Court of…

6th Circuit upholds First Amendment rights of Shawnee State professor

6th Circuit upholds First Amendment rights of Shawnee State professor

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Friday in favor of Dr. Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, reversing a district court’s dismissal of his lawsuit against university officials. The university punished Meriwether because he declined a male student’s demand to be referred to as a woman, with feminine…

Trouble in Paradise: Hawaiian court to consider whether baseless lawsuit against Oahu churches will continue

Trouble in Paradise: Hawaiian court to consider whether baseless lawsuit against Oahu churches will continue

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing two Hawaii churches are well-prepared for this Friday’s hearing (December 4, 2020) in state trial court regarding a baseless lawsuit that two atheists filed before leaving the state years ago. The two activists filed suit to oust the churches since they didn’t like that local public schools allowed the two…

Catholic school sues South Euclid, Ohio, to defend its right to hire Catholic teachers

Catholic school sues South Euclid, Ohio, to defend its right to hire Catholic teachers

South Euclid, Ohio, recently passed a new city ordinance that adds religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes under the law. The Lyceum, a Catholic school in South Euclid, has spoken out against this measure from the beginning. Now that the city voted to pass this proposed ordinance, Alliance Defending Freedom…

Christian filmmakers threatened with fines and jail time for refusing to cover same sex weddings

Christian filmmakers threatened with fines and jail time for refusing to cover same sex weddings

Facing the threat of heavy fines and up to 90 days in prison, two Christian filmmakers appeared in court tomorrow to stop Minnesota from forcing them to produce and create films supporting same sex marriage. Filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen assert that doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Jeremy Tedesco – Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom – believes the…

New DOJ initiative seeks to protect churches from illegal land use, zoning discrimination

New DOJ initiative seeks to protect churches from illegal land use, zoning discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C – The U.S. Department of Justice announced on June 12 its new “Place to Worship Initiative,” which will focus on “protecting the ability of houses of worship and other religious institutions to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities—as provided by the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).”…