Saturday, March 2, 2013

Americans United files amicus brief to strike down California's Prop 8

Americans United has filed a joint amicus brief with the Anti-Defamation League asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California's Prop 8. The brief points out that many of the conservative religious groups that have filed briefs in the case rely on explicitly religious arguments, and some even cite biblical passages. The ADL and AU urge the justices to reject this line of thinking, asserting that it is often used to deny rights to others.

“Proponents of laws that marginalize disadvantaged groups have long relied on arguments grounded in morality and religion to justify the discrimination,” observes the brief. “Time and again, however, society has come to see these laws as a stain on the nation’s history and to view the religious and moral justifications offered for them as wrong, both spiritually and philosophically.”

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