CASEBethel Ministries v. Salmon

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Maryland officials revoked a church-run school’s eligibility to participate in a voucher program to benefit low-income students and demanded the school pay back thousands of dollars for previous participation in the program. Although the school fully complied with the program’s requirements, state officials disqualified Bethel from participating in the program after reading Bethel’s Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality, even though the school has not—and will not—turn down a student based on their sexual orientation. The school only simply asks students to refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct.
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Christian school to court: Stop Maryland’s discrimination against our low-income students

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Christian school to court: Stop Maryland’s discrimination against our low-income students

ADF attorneys available to media following hearing Thursday

Jan 08, 2020 Read More

DOJ files official support for MD Christian school banned from scholarship program

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DOJ files official support for MD Christian school banned from scholarship program

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb.

Nov 26, 2019 Read More

Court: MD Christian school’s religious discrimination lawsuit may continue

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Court: MD Christian school’s religious discrimination lawsuit may continue

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb.

Nov 14, 2019 Read More

MD Christian school to court: Stop govt from demanding $100K from us for our beliefs

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MD Christian school to court: Stop govt from demanding $100K from us for our beliefs

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb.

Oct 31, 2019 Read More

Maryland officials deny low-income kids school vouchers if they choose Christian school

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Maryland officials deny low-income kids school vouchers if they choose Christian school

ADF attorneys file suit against state for discriminating against faith-based school

Jun 25, 2019 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/bethel-ministries-v.-salmon/bethel-ministries-v-salmon---opinion-on-denial-of-motion-for-preliminary-injunction.pdf?sfvrsn=a2d5c722_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/bethel-ministries-v.-salmon/bethel-ministries-v-salmon---doj-statement-of-interest.pdf?sfvrsn=614b0808_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/bethel-ministries-v.-salmon/bethel-ministries-v-salmon---district-court-decision-on-motion-to-dismiss.pdf?sfvrsn=f0ceebe8_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/bethel-ministries-v.-salmon/bethel-ministries-v-salmon---motion-for-and-brief-in-support-of-preliminary-injunction.pdf?sfvrsn=ca89dc64_6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/bethel-ministries-v.-salmon/bethel-ministries-v-salmon---complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=bd1c9c92_6
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Trial Court
Opinion on denial of motion for preliminary injunction Jan 21 2020
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DOJ statement of interest Nov 26 2019
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District court decision on motion to dismiss Nov 14 2019
Trial Court
Motion for and brief in support of preliminary injunction Oct 31 2019
Trial Court
Complaint Jun 24 2019

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