Reaching Souls International, Truett-McConnell College and GuideStone Financial Resources v. Burwell

May 29, 2014 ...

The brief asks the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to uphold a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services mandate, which requires religious employers to provide contraception, including drugs the claimants believe act as abortifacients. The current religious exemption for the contraception mandate is too narrow …

Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Mid-America Christian University v. Burwell

May 28, 2014 ...

A group of organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals, filed an amici brief arguing that the administration’s “religious employer” definition excludes most religious employers and therefore fails to protect most religious ministries, like these colleges. This violates both statutory and constitutional protection of religious freedom and departs sharply from the nation’s historic bipartisan tradition …

Traditional Marriage State Laws in Court

April 4, 2014 ...

The briefs affirmed their position that traditional marriage is fundamental to the family institution. “Our theological perspectives, though often differing, converge on a critical point: that the traditional, husband-wife definition of marriage is vital to the welfare of children, families and society,” the brief states. In the briefs, the religious groups also emphasized that their …

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Jacob Lew and Daniel Werfel

April 4, 2014 ...

The January 2013 Evangelical Leaders Survey found that 93 percent of evangelical leaders find the policy fair. The exemption is an accommodation, and the government does not establish religion by accommodating it. The joint brief argues that the government may, and sometimes must, treat ministers differently from other occupations and activities in order to serve …