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ADF at the Supreme Court

Keep up-to-date on all the latest ADF cases before the Supreme Court, and learn more about some of the precedent-setting cases in which we’ve played a role.

Pending Cases

ADF has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear these cases.

Religious Freedom

Gordon College v. DeWeese-Boyd

A Gordon College associate professor of social work with an advanced degree in theology applied for promotion to full professorship, but her application was declined in 2016 because her performance fell short of the college’s expectations for faculty scholarship and institutional service. She also revealed that she no longer agrees with significant religious beliefs in the college’s covenantal documents that she had to reaffirm every year of her employment. Nonetheless, she filed suit over the college’s decision.

Religious Freedom

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission (SUGM) v. Woods

A Washington Supreme Court decision forces a religious nonprofit, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, to hire employees who do not share the organization’s religious beliefs. The ministry’s religious convictions and evangelization are the foundation of everything it does, and therefore every staff member must live out and share the Mission’s religious beliefs for the Mission to be successful.   (Photo Credit: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Religious Freedom

303 Creative v. Elenis

A Colorado law forces web designer Lorie Smith and her studio, 303 Creative, to design and publish websites promoting messages that violate her religious beliefs. The law at issue also prevents Lorie from even explaining on her own company’s website what websites she can create consistent with her religious beliefs.

Previous Cases

From the unanimous 9-0 victory in Reed v. Town of Gilbert to the historic precedent-setting win in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell, ADF has played a role in multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including 64 victories.

Religious Freedom

Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta

The California attorney general's office demands nonprofits turn over confidential donor information. This could open up donors to harassment and intimidation.

Religious Freedom

Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

Hear the story of Chike Uzuegbunam, who was stopped twice from peacefully sharing his Christian faith with fellow students on his college campus.

Religious Freedom

Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel

High court affirms freedom of religious schools to determine who teaches their faith

Religious Freedom

Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue

In a key case, the Supreme Court delivered a victory for parents, children, and religious schools.

Religious Freedom

Thompson v. Hebdon

US Supreme Court vacates decision that upheld Alaska’s draconian campaign contribution limits

Life

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra

California’s Reproductive FACT Act, AB 775, forced pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry.

Religious Freedom

The American Legion v. American Humanist Association

ADF files friend-of-the-court-brief asking court to honor veterans, apply Constitution correctly

Religious Freedom

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Colorado Civil Rights Commission targeted Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop for creating cake art according to his religious beliefs.

Religious Freedom

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Trinity Lutheran Pre-School was denied a grant that would provide a safe playground for children, simply because they're a church. ADF took up the case and won.

Religious Freedom

Geneva College v. Azar

Federal government requires a Christian liberal arts college to include abortion-inducing drugs and devices in its employee and student health plans

Religious Freedom

Southern Nazarene University v. Azar

Four Christian universities in Oklahoma filed suit against the Obama administration’s mandate

Religious Freedom

Reed v. Town of Gilbert

Town Discriminates Against Church Signs While Widely Permitting Political, Real Estate, and other Similar Signs

Religious Freedom

Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus

An Ohio law criminalizes political speech that a state agency determines to be “false.”

Religious Freedom

Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell

Federal government requires a Christian business to pay for abortion-inducing drugs for its employees

Religious Freedom

McCullen v. Coakley

Supreme Court vindicates the rights of pro-life sidewalk counselors to engage in peaceful prayer and witness to women and men entering abortion facilities in a 9-0 victory for Free Speech.

Religious Freedom

Lane v. Franks

Central Alabama Community College fired a staff member after a federal court subpoenaed him to testify in a lawsuit concerning fraud by a state legislator.

Religious Freedom

Town of Greece v. Galloway

Town sued for opening its meetings with prayer

Religious Freedom

Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn

Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies secure an important U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting school choice

Religious Freedom

Salazar v. Buono

Protecting memorial with religious imagery via property transfer

Marriage & Family

Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations

ADF filed friend-of-the-court brief in defense of FCC rules against obscenity in broadcasts

Religious Freedom

Pleasant Grove City v. Summum

ADF provided funding, friend-of-the-court briefs in case involving Utah monument

Religious Freedom

Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation

Taxpayers lack standing to bring an Establishment Clause challenge to a Presidential program that funds conferences to explain to community groups how to apply for federal grants to help poor people and others in need.

Religious Freedom

Gonzales v. Carhart

The Supreme Court held that ban on partial-birth abortion was constitutional—bringing this inhuman procedure to an end.

Religious Freedom

Scheidler v. National Organization for Women

The Supreme Court overturned judgments and massive fines against multiple pro-life protesters.

Religious Freedom

Van Orden v. Perry

State sued for placing historical monuments, including Ten Commandments monument, near state capitol.

Religious Freedom

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System v. Southworth

University forces students to support causes they disagree with—but refuses to apply the same principle to itself.

Religious Freedom

United States v. American Library Association

Public funding for internet access contingent upon use of filter to limit harmful material

Religious Freedom

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris

The constitutionality of school vouchers used by parents choosing to send their child to a religious school

Religious Freedom

Good News Club v. Milford Central School District

Protecting the right of a religious organization to use public facilities on the same basis as other community groups.

Religious Freedom

Washington v. Glucksberg | Vacco v. Quill

The Supreme Court upheld two state bans on assisted suicide.

Religious Freedom

Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

The United States Supreme Court says university cannot discriminate against Christian student newspaper

Religious Freedom

Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston

The United States Supreme Court upholds the right of free association.

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