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New York Court of Appeals Protects Religious Liberty of Orthodox Jewish Congregations

November 14, 2018 • Press Releases

Albany, NY—The Court of Appeals of the State of New York today rejected demands by animal rights groups seeking to prevent Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City from participating in a millennia-old religious ritual known as Kaporos.  First Liberty Institute and the law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP filed […]

Fifth Circuit preserves Ted Kennedy’s legacy on religious freedom

The Clarion-Ledger
June 29, 2017 • In the News

The recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Mississippi House Bill 1523, the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Religious Discrimination Act” is the latest, but not likely the last, word in an ongoing American conversation on religious liberty.

March 2017 – Bakers Who Lost Their Bakery For Not Making Same-Sex Wedding Cake Have Day in Court

Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, appear at hearing before Oregon Court of Appeals
March 2, 2017 • Press Releases

Salem, Ore. – Today, the Oregon Court of Appeals heard the case of Aaron and Melissa Klein, a couple who lost their bakery for running their business according to their religious beliefs. During the oral arguments, the Kleins’ attorneys argued that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) violated […]

Trump could change Texas voter-ID law by reshaping 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

McClatchy DC
February 2, 2017 • In the News

During Barack Obama’s second term as president, Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn allowed vacancies on Texas’ federal appeals court to fester, but now…

Oregon Bakers penalized for not making same-sex wedding cake file brief with Oregon Court of Appeals

First Liberty Institute and Boyden Gray contend that the Oregon state government violated Aaron and Melissa Kleins’ rights to religious liberty, free speech, and due process
April 26, 2016 • Press Releases

PORTLAND, OR, April 25, 2016 – First Liberty Institute and Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, filed a brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals on behalf of Aaron and Melissa Klein, an Oregon couple who lost their bakery for running their business according […]

Military Court to Hear Historic Religious Freedom Case

Highest military court in America to decide if religious freedom law applies to service members
April 25, 2016 • Press Releases

On Wednesday, April 27, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) will hear the case of Monifa Sterling, a Marine court-martialed for refusing to take down a Bible verse she had posted in her workplace. The CAAF, which is the highest military court in America, will consider whether […]

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