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Free speech is essential to a free society. Our founders knew this well and thus recognized the God-given right to freedom of speech in the First Amendment. In fact, over 60 years before the adoption of our Constitution, Benjamin Franklin noted that “Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”

When the government doesn’t respect the First Amendment, innocent Americans lose their right to express their views.

Just ask wedding photographer Bob Updegrove.

He’s challenging a dangerous Virginia law that would force him to photograph and celebrate same-sex weddings. He can’t do that—it would violate his deeply-held beliefs on marriage.


Bob isn’t alone. Thousands of other concerned Americans reach out to ADF attorneys each year—and the need for help is growing. In 2021, requests for legal assistance skyrocketed to over 10,000! Since we never charge our clients a dime to defend them—even if it takes us all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court—we rely on the generous support of people like you.

Defending the First Amendment is not just critical to defending our legal rights—it is key to building a culture that respects and values diverse views and rejects the scourge of ‘cancel culture.’

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