Updates: Volume IV, Issue 3
In A Lonely Place Volume III, Issue 3
On July 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that the city of Yuma, Arizona did not give Centro Familiar Cristiano Buenas Nuevas Christian Church fair and equal treatment in 2007 when it denied the congregation a conditional use permit for its newly purchased downtown property. This is a significant, precedent-setting win for the church.
The earlier ruling by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission left the church financially broken and with nowhere to meet. The congregation eventually rented a converted warehouse on the outskirts of Yuma, while continuing to pay a mortgage on a building it couldn’t legally use. The Ninth Circuit ruling – that the city discriminated against the church by not treating it in the same way as similarly situated groups and businesses in the same downtown area – frees the congregation to seek financial damages, including repayment of all monies lost since 2007.
Freedom To Choose Volume IV, Issue 2
On April 4, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a crucial victory for proponents of parental choice in education, dismissing an ACLU lawsuit against an Arizona program that promotes school choice. The program, like others across the country, allows state residents to claim a tax credit for donations to private organizations that provide scholarships to private schools.
The court ruled 5-4 that the ACLU’s clients – taxpayers who don’t like the program – had no legal standing to sue over someone else’s private donations. ADF represented the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization, the only party to make this argument to the Court.
This Supreme Court victory – the 38th ADF has won or assisted in – created a national precedent that should prevent similar legal attacks against hundreds of other school choice support organizations across the country.