Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys secured a court order Wednesday against a New Hampshire law that allows the creation of 25-foot censorship zones in which no person may speak, stand, or even enter on public ways and sidewalks outside of abortion facilities. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a similar law in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
The Federalist Society: In 2013, the nationwide legal debate over same-sex marriage reached a temporary crescendo at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s rulings in June 2013 did anything but settle the issue.
One News Now: ADF Attorney Erik Stanley tells OneNewsNow “government shouldn’t use zoning restrictions to discriminate against small start-up churches.”
Deseret News: “The administration has forgotten that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act exists, and it’s there to protect the religious freedom of groups, even when they contract with the federal government,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom in Scottsdale, Arizona. He said his group would represent organizations challenged under the new rules.
Worthy News: “This resolution goes against the ethos of the constitution, which guarantees to everyone the right to equality and freedom of religion,” said attorney Tehmina Arora of Alliance Defending Freedom of India, a religious rights group. “The state authorities should not discriminate against anyone because of their religious beliefs.”
Associated Press: ADF, which brought the lawsuit and successfully sued to overturn the Massachusetts law, will argue in court that the flexibility of zones doesn’t mean they are constitutional. In fact, ADF said, by ceding the decision to create zones to a private entity, the state undermines its own arguments.
The Christian Post: Phillips is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed the appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals last Wednesday.
East Valley Tribune: “Only man-woman couples are capable of furthering the state’s interest in linking children to both of their biological parents,” argued attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom. They said the vast majority of such couples produce their own biological children.
Alliance Defending Freedom : Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will be available for media interviews following an Arizona Life Coalition press conference Thursday that will call on state authorities to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new law that goes into effect the same day. The facility allegedly failed to report the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom made public Wednesday its latest annual report to Congress that identifies waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood, state family planning programs, and other organizations. As in 2013 and previous years, the report urges Congress to continue its investigation into the misuse of taxpayer dollars.
Life Site News: “In America, we don’t force artists to create expression that is contrary to their convictions,” added Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “A paint artist who identifies as homosexual shouldn’t be intimidated into creating a painting that celebrates one-man, one-woman marriage. A pro-life photographer shouldn’t be forced to work a pro-abortion rally. And Christian cake artists shouldn’t be punished for declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony or promote its message.”
National Catholic Reporter: Of particular concern to FFRF and other First Amendment advocacy organizations is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” a project of Alliance Defending Freedom, which focuses on freedom of religion issues. On Freedom Pulpit Sunday — which was last held in June 2013 with the participation of more than 1,100 churches — pastors are encouraged to advise their congregations on political matters, such as marriage and abortion rights, and even endorse or oppose candidates.
Tampa Bay Times: A nurse-midwife fresh out of school has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a chain of Tampa health centers, alleging she was refused a job because of her religious opposition to prescribing hormonal contraceptives, including abortion drugs. Her four attorneys work for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group that opposes abortion.
WCVB: Backers say the law is needed to protect women and clinic staff from harassment. Opponents, including the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom, say the zones violate their right to free speech. ADF, which brought the lawsuit, says the flexibility of zones doesn’t mean they’re constitutional.
AZ Central: “To us, this is a case about religious freedom and about free speech,” Sharp said. “In this instance, the religious content of a sign shouldn’t be a determining factor in how long they get to speak, how big they get to speak, where the signs are located. The case really merges the two issues and asks to what extent does the First Amendment protect all speech?”
Inquisitr: Conservative legal group, the Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing nurse Hellwege. The pro-life nurse maintains the decision to reject her for the position based upon her abortion stance and group membership was illegal under state and federal law.
The Patriot Post: ‘Americans should not be forced by the government – or by another citizen – to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,’ said attorney Nicholle Martin. … For now, the case heads to the Colorado Court of Appeals where Jack and ADF will battle for the religious freedoms the Supreme Court just upheld for companies like Hobby Lobby.”
Christian News Network: “Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court,” asserted attorney Byron Babione in a press release following the ruling. “If the high court remains consistent with what it held in its Windsor decision, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.”
One News Now: Attorney Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom is taking the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where he plans to argue that citizens shouldn’t have to endorse beliefs they disagree with.
China Topix: Byron Babione, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, criticized the ruling saying that the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by U.S. Supreme Court.
Constitution Center: North Carolina appears to favor another route, arguing instead that specialty plates are not government speech. “As the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed as recently as 2009,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman argues, “the government ‘has the right to speak for itself…and to select the views it wants to express.’”
Times Argus: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Oklahoma confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union,” said Byron Babione, senior attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the county clerk.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “President Obama’s overreaching executive order is the latest example illustrating that the very government that the Constitution charges with protecting religious freedom is now the primary threat to religious freedom. The administration has brazenly bypassed Congress and declared that the only religious non-profit organizations it will do business with are those willing to line up with the administration’s doctrine and theology on sexual behavior. That’s the kind of government entanglement with religion that the Founders sought to prevent and that the First Amendment prohibits.” -Kristen Waggoner
Alliance Defending Freedom: Rockdale County has revised its zoning regulations in the wake of a federal lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom filed on behalf of a church denied access to property less than three acres. The city’s zonings restrictions forced the church to convene in the basement of a jewelry store, where it was allowed to temporarily remain while the lawsuit continued. As part of a settlement that ends the suit, the county paid $15,000 in damages to the church and $15,000 in attorneys’ fees.
Associated Press: An attorney for Tulsa County’s clerk says he disagrees with a federal appeals court that struck down Oklahoma’s ban against same-sex marriage. Byron Babione (BA’-bee-on) with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom said Friday that the people of Oklahoma confirmed their belief that every child deserves a mom and a dad when they approved a constitutional amendment affirming marriage as a man-woman union.
Hobby Lobby president’s high school Bible course faces delays; secular group claims class is ‘Christian evangelism’
The Christian Post: Mustang has retained the services of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which will be reviewing the curriculum and present for any legal issues that may come.
Christian News Network: “Americans should not be forced by the government—or by another citizen—to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” said lead counsel Nicolle Martin. “This is not about the people who asked for a cake; it’s about the message the cake communicates. Just as Jack doesn’t create baked works of art for other events with which he disagrees, he doesn’t create cake art for same-sex ceremonies regardless of who walks in the door to place the order.”
Associated Press: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Oklahoma confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union,” said Byron Babione, senior attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the county clerk.
The Washington Times: “In America, we don’t force artists to create expression that is contrary to their convictions,” said Jeremy Tedesco, Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel. “A paint artist who identifies as homosexual shouldn’t be intimidated into creating a painting that celebrates one-man, one-woman marriage. A pro-life photographer shouldn’t be forced to work a pro-abortion rally. And Christian cake artists shouldn’t be punished for declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony or promote its message.”
Bloomberg: The Supreme Court in April turned away the photographer’s appeal without a hearing. Huguenin has since stopped taking wedding photographs, said Jeremy Tedesco, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented her.
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Alliance Defending Freedom: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Oklahoma confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union. In his dissent, Judge Kelly rightly noted that ‘any change in the definition of marriage rightly belongs to the people of Oklahoma, not a federal court.’ We are consulting with our client and considering her options. Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the high court remains consistent with what it held in its Windsor decision, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the understandable excitement so many of us felt two weeks ago over the wonderfully welcome and important U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Conestoga / Hobby Lobby case, I have delayed celebrating another high court decision in another Alliance Defending Freedom supported-case – one with its own enormous implications for your family’s First Amendment-protected freedom of speech. And, even more importantly, for the defense of life in the womb.
Christian News Wire: Last Friday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rebuffed the trial court again explaining that the federal statute authorizing the fee award was intended to protect those like the pro-life advocates who are forced to engage attorneys to fight for their civil rights in court, and that no special circumstances exist that justify the trial court’s denial of fees. Alliance Defending Freedom provided funding in support of this important victory.
One News Now: Attorney David Cortman with Alliance Defending Freedom says the 4th Circuit decision is out of line with other court rulings on the “Choose Life” plates.
National Review: “University policies that suppress free speech are completely at odds with what a university is: a marketplace of ideas,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker said when the group announced its lawsuit against the university. “Free speech should not be limited to a tiny area on campus, nor should students be told their speech needs a warning sign simply because university officials think their views are ‘controversial.’”
Caffeinated Thoughts: “While the Senate rightfully rejected this unjust bill, today is a reminder of the need to stand vigilant in defense of our God-given freedoms against those who would seek to take them away,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said in a released statement. “Echoing our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan once said that ‘freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’ It has been 20 years – one generation – since Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and many of its sponsors have already turned their backs on our first freedom. We can be thankful for now that not enough of them did.”
A national organization is promising pro bono legal help to keep invocations in city council meetings
Santa Maria Sun: The Alliance Defending Freedom offers pro bono, or free, legal help to cities that want to keep their invocations. The organization’s lawyers will help cities draft invocation policies that comply with California and federal law.
Life News: “State governments have a right to advance messages consistent with their public policies,” said Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “The Supreme Court has already affirmed that right. North Carolinians support protecting life and helping pregnant women in need; the First Amendment does not require the state to bow to demands that it censor the ‘Choose Life’ message.”
US Finance Post: Casey Mattox with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization who supported Hobby Lobby and filed an amicus brief in support of the organization, issued a statement saying regardless of the vote, Americans need to remain vigilant to protect their First Amendment rights.
CBN: According to Phillips’ attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the reports must include the number of patrons that Phillips declines to serve, along with the reason.
WND: Officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom, who have been handling the legal case for Masterpiece Cakeshop artist Jack Phillips, say the order from the state bureaucrats “requires” Phillips to “re-educate” his employees that he, and they, must “endorse all views,” and requires Phillips to file quarterly reports for two years proving that the “re-education” has been implemented.
Parker Live: “ADF attorneys represent [the church] in a lawsuit over the taxes, but because state courts have been unwilling to defer payment of the back-taxes until the completion of litigation, the congregation faced foreclosure,” says an ADF press release issued last month. “After an outpouring of support from Christians across the country, this church won’t have to shut its doors and discontinue its crucial ministry.”
Mustang News: Another issue raised throughout the Bible history class discussion was legal protection for the district, should someone file a legal challenge. That was also up in the air as of Monday’s meeting, McDaniel said. “The Alliance for Defending Freedom agreed to review the curriculum by July 24,” he said.
The Washington Times: “The university has chosen the right course in opting to stop defending its unconstitutional actions, to right the wrong done to Dr. Adams by granting him the promotion he has long deserved, and to protect him against future retaliation,” said Travis Barham, attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the professor.
Religion Clause: Sara Hellwege, who has just graduated nursing school, was refused an interview for a nurse-midwife position at a a women’s health center that receives federal funds when she indicated that for religious reasons she would not prescribe hormonal contraceptives to women for birth control purposes.
The Christian Post: One final note: I’d like to thank our co-counsel in the case, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and particularly Travis Barham, the ADF attorney who put in hundreds of hours defending Dr. Adams’s constitutional rights. Outstanding work, Travis and ADF.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys representing a Lakewood, Colo., cake artist who declined to use his creative talents to promote and endorse a same-sex ceremony appealed a June 2 order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to the Colorado Court of Appeals Wednesday.
TribLive: An Arizona-based legal ministry that helped overturn protest-free “buffer zones” at Massachusetts abortion providers might try to reverse a similar rule in Pittsburgh, a ministry lawyer told the Tribune-Review. “I’m certainly looking very closely into the possibility of bringing that challenge,” said Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom. He would not say when he might file an objection.
Campus Reform: After a legal battle, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the student group, announced that they had dropped the suit because the university had agreed to revise its policies and give $14,000 in damages to the YAL group.
Campus Reform: “The important aspect is [the outcome of the case] reaffirms the basic principle of the First Amendment,” Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham told Campus Reform. “Universities have to treat Christian and conservative professors fairly; otherwise there will be consequences.”
The College Fix: “The outcome of this case reaffirms that public universities must respect the First Amendment freedoms of their professors regardless of the viewpoints they express,” stated attorney Travis Barham, who represented Adams on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom.
National Review: One final note: I’d like to thank our co-counsel in the case, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and particularly Travis Barham, the ADF attorney who put in hundreds of hours defending Dr. Adams’s constitutional rights. Outstanding work, Travis and ADF.
The Catholic World Report: Alliance Defending Freedom filed the appeal on Friday on behalf of Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Phil Berger, president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate.
Life News: Senate Democrats today lost their bid to approve legislation to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
North Carolina legislative leaders ask Supreme Court review decision barring production of “Choose Life” license plates
National Right to Life: “State governments have a right to advance messages consistent with their public policies,” said Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “The Supreme Court has already affirmed that right. North Carolinians support protecting life and helping pregnant women in need; the First Amendment does not require the state to bow to demands that it censor the ‘Choose Life’ message.”
Speak Up Movement: Pulpit Freedom Sunday is about preaching a Biblical election sermon to inform your congregation on issues that were Biblical far before they were labeled “political” by the IRS.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “While the Senate rightfully rejected this unjust bill, today is a reminder of the need to stand vigilant in defense of our God-given freedoms against those who would seek to take them away. Echoing our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan once said that ‘freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’ It has been 20 years – one generation – since Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and many of its sponsors have already turned their backs on our first freedom. We can be thankful for now that not enough of them did.” -Casey Mattox
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday on behalf of pro-life advocates opposed to a Colorado law that has been used to prohibit speech on public sidewalks outside abortion facilities. On June 26, the high court unanimously upheld the right of Americans to engage in free speech on public sidewalks in front of abortion businesses in the case McCullen v. Coakley, which ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.