May 10, 2016
CLS JOINS AMICI BRIEF IN JUDGE RUTH NEELY V. WYOMING COMM. ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT AND ETHICS
CLS joined an amici brief in a case before the Wyoming Supreme Court in which the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics has recommended the removal of a sitting judge from both her Municipal Court Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate positions for responding to a reporter’s question about same-sex marriage. The judge stated that she would not officiate and participate in a same-sex marriage because of her religious convictions. Under Wyoming law, a judge may, but need not, officiate in any wedding. Click here to read the brief.
April 22, 2016
CLS FILES AMICI BRIEF IN TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH OF COLUMBIA V. SARA PARKER PAULEY
CLS filed an amici brief urging the nation's highest court to reject the decision of a lower federal court in a critical case regarding Missouri's discrimination against its religious citizens. Click here to read the brief.
March 26, 2016
The Georgia General Assmebly passed its Version of a First Amendment Defense Act and a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Center worked closely with Georgia legislators to draft the original bill and with local organizations to support passage. CLRF sent a letter to Georgia's governor encouraging him to support religious liberty. Click here to read the letter.
March 22, 2016
KANSAS CAMPUS ACCESS BILL
The Kansas legislature passed a bill to protect campus access for religious student groups. CLS helped work on the language of SB 175, and CLS member Craig Shultz testified before the Kansas Senate committee in support of its passage. CLRF provided a written statement early in the process and a letter in mid-March explaining the need for the bill. Click here to read the letter.
March 16, 2016
CLS STATEMENT ON JUDICIAL NOMINATION: CAUTION NEEDED IN SCOTUS NOMINATION PROCESS
CLS Statement on the SCOTUS Judicial Nomination.
March 10, 2016
CLS sent a letter to the American Bar Association in opposition to proposed changes to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4, which could restrict the pracrice of law by Christian lawyers. Click here to see the CLS letter. Additionally, CLS members also filed their comments with the ABA. We are hopeful the committee will heed our voices.
March 7, 2016
CLS FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN STATE OF WASHINGTON V. ARLENE'S FLOWERS, INC.
CLS filed a brief in this case before Washington State's highest court. The CLS brief argued that there is no compelling state interest to force small businesses, who will serve same-sex couples in general, to provide gay wedding services when there is ready access from others. Click here to read the brief.
March 7, 2016
CLS FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN CHABAD-LUBAVITCH OF MICHIGAN V. DR. DOV SCHUCHMAN
CLS filed another amicus brief on March 7, this time in Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan v. Dr. Dov Schuchman, et al., in favor of granting cert, challenging the refusal of the Michigan State Supreme Court to entertain an action to enforce a final decree of the religious dispute resolution process between feuding Chabad-Lubavitch state and local chapters because the Michigan State Supreme Court refused to toll the civil statute of limitations during the religious dispute resolution process. CLS was joined on the brief by Anglican Church in North America, National Association of Evangelicals, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference-Conel, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Peacemakers Ministries, and Conflict Resolution and Conciliation Center. Click here to read the brief.
March 7, 2016
CLS FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN STORMANS CASE
CLS filed an amicus brief in support of the petition for cert. in Stormans v. Wiesman, the case in which Washington pharmacists are being required to carry and dispense abortifacients. CLS argued that the Ninth Circuit disregarded evidence that Washington State’s regulations were unnecessary to ensure timely access to medications, while also emphasizing the important national tradition of protecting conscience and religious objectors in the context of the “taking of life” issues. Click here to read the brief.
February 28, 2016
CLS FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN WHOLE WOMEN'S HEALTH V. COLE
In this Texas abortion case before the United States Supreme Court, CLS joined an amicus brief that did a careful analysis of the “undue burden” standard in abortion case law, arguing that regulations such as those in Texas that focus on the health of the mother and general medical safety are subject only to the rational basis test because they do not impose an undue burden on those seeking an abortion. Click here to read the CLS brief.
February 13, 2016
CLS MOURNS THE PASSING OF JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA
CLS Statement on the passing of Justice Scalia.
February 11, 2016
OHIO LEGISLATIVE LETTER
The Center sent a letter to the Ohio House Education Committee in Support of HB 425, which would protect the religious expression of students in public schools. Click here to see the letter.
January 12, 2016
CLS DEFENDS TEXANS IN BATTLE WITH STATE BAR OVER RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
CLS submits letter to the Texas State Bar in battle over religious liberty. Read the letter here.
January 11, 2016
HHS MANDATE POSES A GRAVE THREAT TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND PLURALISM IN AMERICA
CLS files Brief in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell. Read the brief here.