Updates: Volume VII, Issue 2
House Of Hope - Vol. II, Iss. 2
On April 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled 2-1 that churches cannot continue to hold weekend worship services in New York City’s public schools. The case centers on the litigation that first started in 1995 when Bronx Household of Faith, a small, inner-city congregation, challenged a city-wide prohibition on community groups using empty public schools to conduct worship services. The legal to-and-fro surrounding Bronx Household has ranged through every level of the federal courts, as Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys work to secure equal access to public buildings not only for that congregation, but for other churches and faith groups as well.
Despite the adverse ruling, Bronx Household and dozens of other churches are still able to continue meeting in public schools while the case is on appeal. Point And Shoot - Vol. II, Iss. 1
On April 7, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in Elane Photography v. Willock, the case of a Christian photographer, Elaine Huguenin, who was penalized by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission for declining to use her creative talents to help “celebrate” a same-sex “commitment ceremony.” (See Opinion, p. 18).
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruling last summer, affirming the Human Rights Commission’s decision, remains for now, the last word on the case. The ominous implications of the state high court’s ruling were underscored by a concurring statement, issued by one of the justices, saying that being forced to contribute her creativity to activities she doesn’t believe in is “the price of citizenship” in America today.
That issue will continue to be challenged in several other cases currently being defended by Alliance Defending Freedom.