Amicus Briefs

This page is currently under construction. Please stay tuned for more information about our friend-of-the-court briefs in many major cases related to religious freedom, marriage equality, reproductive access, civil rights, and more.

2019

Harold Shurtleff, et al. v. City of Boston, et al. (in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit)

Case No. 18-1898

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellees and Affirmance (filed 3/11/2019)

Press Release
MARCH 11, 2019

Humanists Continue to Challenge Christian Symbols on Government Property in New Filing

Brian Fields, et al. v. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, et al. (in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)

Case Nos. 18-2974, 18-3167

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellees Brian Fields, et al. (filed 3/01/2019)

 

Press Release
MARCH 1, 2019

Nonreligious Assert Religious Freedom in Invocations at PA House of Representatives

 

2018

Daniel Barker v. Patrick Conroy, et al. (in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)

Case No. 17-5278

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Petitioners (Daniel Barker) (filed 5/21/2018)

 

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MAY 21, 2018

Humanists File Brief in Congressional Invocation Appeal Case

AHA argues government cannot bar congressional invocations from atheists and humanists.

David Williamson et al. v. Brevard County (in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)

Case No. 17-15769

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellees-Cross Appellants (David Williamson, et al) (filed 4/24/2018)

 

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APRIL 24, 2018

Humanists File Brief in Florida Invocation Case

Government cannot prefer religion over nonreligion.

2017

Masterpiece Cakeshop, et al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al. (in the Supreme Court of the United States)

Case No. 16-111

Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents (filed 10/30/2017)

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JUNE 4, 2018

Humanists Disheartened by Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

Religious objections unfairly taking priority over equal application of the law.

2016

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley (in the Supreme Court of the United States)

Case No. 15-577

Amicus Brief in Support of Respondent Pauley (filed 07/05/2016)

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JULY 6, 2016

Missouri Funds Shouldnt Go to Church Preschool, AHA Tells US Supreme Court

The AHA signs on to an amicus brief in support of Missouri's only issuing state grants to secular organizations.

2015

Nancy Lund et al. v. Rowan County (in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)

Case No. 15-1591

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellees (filed 10/07/2015)

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OCTOBER 8, 2015

Rowan County Commissioners Must Cease Christian Prayers, Demands Humanist Group

The American Humanist Association signs onto an amicus brief with other secular and religious liberty organizations.

2014

Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc. (in the Supreme Court of the United States)

Case Nos. Nos. 13-354, 13-356

Amicus Brief in Support of the Government (filed 01/28/2014)

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JANUARY 29, 2014 

Democratic Senators, Atheists, and Church/State Separation Groups File Supreme Court Briefs Against Hobby Lobby

We join others in supporting contraceptive health care coverage.

2013

JOHN HICKENLOOPER, Governor of the State of Colorado v. FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION, et al.

Case No. 12SC442

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Respondents (Freedom From Religion Foundation, et al.) (filed 11/7/2013)

 

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NOVEMBER 7, 2013

Colorado Day of Prayer Opposed in American Humanist Association Amicus Brief Filing

AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center argues against church-state entanglement.

2012

John Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education (in the Supreme Court of Ohio)

Case No. 2012-0613

Amicus Brief in Support of Appellee (Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education) (filed 09/03/2012)

 

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OCTOBER 5, 2012

American Humanist Association Files Amicus Brief Against Teacher Who Taught Creationism

Ohio Supreme Court asked to not support teacher who promoted creationism in class.

2011

HOSANNA-TABOR EVANGELICAL LUTHERANCHURCH AND SCHOOL , v. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISION, et al (in the Supreme Court of the United States)

Case No. 10-553

Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents (EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISION, et al) (filed 08/03/2011)

 

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AUGUST 8, 2011

AHA Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Opposing Employment Discrimination Law Exemption for Religious Organizations

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Humanist Association and other...

Robert Moss, et al., v. SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 7 (in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)

Case No. 11-1448

Amicus Brief in Support of Appellant Seeking Reversal (filed 06/30/2011)

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JULY 1, 2011

Humanists File Amicus Brief Opposing Public School Credit for Religious Classes

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Humanist Association and the...

2010

CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY CHAPTER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW v. LEO P. MARTINEZ, et al (in the Supreme Court of the United States)

Case No. 08-1371

Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents (filed March 15, 2010)

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MARCH 17, 2010

The American Humanist Association files Amicus Brief in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

"Groups...are not entitled to school sanction of their discriminatory policies."

2009

KEN L. SALAZAR, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, ET AL., v. FRANK BUONO (in the Supreme Court of the United States)

Case No. 08-472

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Respondent (Frank Buono) (filed 07/31/2009)

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JULY 31, 2009

American Humanist Association Files Brief in Salazar v Buono

The American Humanist Association filed a friend of the court brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case...