Victory at the Supreme Court
Alliance Defending Freedom recently recorded its 39th victory in cases the ministry has supported at the U.S. Supreme Court. In this case, funding was provided in the legal defense of a religious club, Columbia Christians for Life (CCL), whose members were threatened with arrest for protesting abortion on public sidewalks in Greenwood County, South Carolina.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit eventually heard the case and affirmed that the constitutional rights of CCL members were violated, but the court declined to award attorneys’ fees. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled that decision, saying that CCL members were entitled to recover the attorneys’ fees incurred to protect their constitutional rights.
Before the current term ends, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear two other important marriage cases: one, involving Alliance Defending Freedom clients who are defending California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman, and the other, a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.