Americans United For Separation of Church and State (AU) is a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Americans United represents over 70,000 individual members and 5,000 churches and other houses of worship nationwide.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Americans United files amicus brief to strike down California's Prop 8
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.”