Updates: Volume VII, Issue 1
Point And Shoot - Vol. II, Iss. 1
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision last August by the New Mexico Supreme Court. It legally compels the Christian owners of a photography business to use their creative talents to take pictures at same-sex marriage ceremonies, even though such unions violate their personal religious convictions.
While recognizing that the owners “now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” one of the New Mexico justices wrote in a concurring statement, doing so “is the price of citizenship” in America today. The petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court explains that the owners of Elane Photography “will serve anyone; they do not turn away any customers because of their protected class status. But they will decline a request, as the First Amendment guarantees them the right to do, if the context would require them to express messages that conflict with their religious beliefs.”
A ruling on the petition is expected in time for the 2014 Supreme Court session.
Planned Parenthood’s Deception - Vol. VI, Iss. 2
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys presented oral arguments on November 20, 2013 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of Susan Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood facility director now suing that company for fraud and abuse. The lawsuit claims that Planned Parenthood’s Iowa affiliate submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the suit on behalf of Thayer under both a state and federal law that allows “whistle-blowers” with inside information to expose fraudulent billing by government contractors. The ministry has filed similar lawsuits against Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas and Washington.