It’s no secret that the White House has not always been friendly to the issues of religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family the past eight years.
But thanks to your prayers and generosity – and, most importantly, God’s grace – we have been able to stay in the fight. In addition to many victories at every level of our court system, here are six key victories you’ve helped make possible at the U.S. Supreme Court:
1. Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014) – The court ruled that Americans are free to pray according to their own beliefs to open public meetings.
2. McCullen v. Coakley (2014) – The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot “buffer zone” which kept pro-life advocates from speaking with people entering abortion facilities.
3. Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell (2014) – The Supreme Court ruled against the Obama Administration’s abortion pill mandate in favor of two family-run businesses, stating that families do not have to surrender their religious freedom in order to remain in business.
4. SBA List v. Driehaus (2014) – The Supreme Court affirmed the importance of free speech by allowing a group to pursue its legal claims against laws used to silence pro-life commentary about an elected official.
5. Reed v. Gilbert (2015) – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the sign code of Gilbert, AZ, and in favor of Good News Community Church. Congregations throughout the country can now communicate to the public on the same terms as other organizations or political parties. This ruling made it clear that the government cannot treat one form of speech worse than political speech.
6. Geneva College v. Burwell & Southern Nazarene v. Burwell (2016) – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled to send the consolidated abortion-pill mandate cases back to the lower courts, stating that the courts should allow the parties “to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise.” This ruling protects the freedom of religious organizations to peacefully operate according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment.
Because you have enabled us to stay in the fight the past eight years, we now have an incredible opportunity to make even greater gains under a president who has said he will defend religious freedom. And your gift today can help us do just that.
We don’t really know what a Trump presidency holds, but we do know that we have an opportunity to impact law and culture through our upcoming cases. We also know that those who oppose us will not give up – they will double down in their efforts against religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.
We have an opportunity moving forward to restore religious freedom, and with your support we can ensure that we will have the resources and capacity we need to take full advantage of it.
Will you join with us?
Chike’s case was an important victory for free speech on college campuses. But, unfortunately, college officials still have other ways to avoid accountability.