Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Filed By WV Lesbian Couple Over Harassment

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich

After repeated harassment and verbal abuse in attempting to obtain a marriage license, a West Virginia lesbian couple sued Gilmer County officials over being impeded in exercising their constitutional rights in addition to being harassed in the process. The county reached a settlement with the couple this week that includes a public apology as well as a $10,000 judgment. Trouble […]

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Former Coach Joe Kennedy Loses Bremerton School District Lawsuit

Joe Kennedy Bremerton High School lawsuit
Photo: Michaela Roman / Kitsap Sun

Former Bremerton High School assistant football Coach Joe Kennedy lost his lawsuit today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined his request for an injunction allowing him to return to the school and resume proselytizing his Christian beliefs to football players. The lawsuit arose from a conflict that began when the embattled Washington state high school decided not to renew […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Passes

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

Late on Friday, the Florida legislature passed SB 436 (also known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”) as a part of a compromise to pass changes to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Upon becoming law, SB 436 will prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” At […]

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Americans United Sends Warning to School Aiding Good News Club

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

In March, I published a piece about Marrs Elementary School in Indiana, exposing the school’s principal for deleting negative comments on the school’s Facebook page and blocking commenters.  This started when I responded to the school’s post promoting the Good News Club and publishing the group’s permission slip. My comment was quickly deleted and I was blocked from commenting further. So […]

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WV: Lesbian Couple Suing Over Harassment While Obtaining Marriage License

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich

When marriage equality became law in their hometown in 2014 following the federal court decision in Bostic v. Schaefer, Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich sought out a marriage license in Gilmer County, West Virginia. They were met with derision, harassment and hatred and refused an application by the county clerk’s office. Sixteen months later (following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Advances

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

In February, two Florida legislators proposed companion bills in the state House and Senate that would significantly weaken the church and state wall within public schools. House Bill 303 and it’s companion bill Senate Bill 436 – known collectively as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” – would prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious […]

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Oklahoma: SB 450 Would Force Religion on Students

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools & promotion of religion using tax money via school vouchers

Legislation flying unchallenged through the Oklahoma legislature would allow unmitigated proselytization in public schools. SB 450 – also known as the ‘Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act’ for Schools – would protect “voluntary religious expression in the classroom.” While student prayer in public schools is already protected under the First Amendment, SB 450 takes this much, much further to the point of allowing students to […]

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Do No Harm Act Proposed to ‘Correct’ Federal RFRA

AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett speaks at a press conference unveiling the Do No Harm Act flanked by Reps. Kennedy (l) and Scott.

Citing the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s (RFRA) use as a weapon more than a shield over the past few years, Democrats in Congress just proposed the Do No Harm Act to reestablish the balance between equal rights and religious freedom as originally established in the now contentious federal legislation. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Joe Kennedy III (MA) jointly […]

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Ben Carson Compares Refugees to Rabid Dogs

Speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in Mobile, Alabama yesterday GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson compared Syrian refugees to rabid dogs. While stressing that ‘smart’ leaders needed to maintain a balance between human rights and maintaining the safety of the country Carson made the disgusting analogy. “For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably […]

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Macklemore is One of the Voices United for the Separation of Church and State

By Tim Peacock As a part of Americans United‘s ongoing effort to promote the separation of church and state, billboard chart-topping artist Macklemore made a video explaining why he is one of the Voices United for Separation of Church and State. He’s one of several artists and musicians who have volunteered their time and image to the cause. According to the […]

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