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.
ADF has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear these cases.
Religious FreedomGordon 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 FreedomSeattle'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 Freedom303 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.
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 FreedomThomas 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 FreedomUzuegbunam 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.
LifeThe Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Trump v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
US Supreme Court upholds HHS rules protecting nuns from funding abortion
Religious FreedomOur 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 FreedomEspinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue
In a key case, the Supreme Court delivered a victory for parents, children, and religious schools.
Religious FreedomThompson v. Hebdon
US Supreme Court vacates decision that upheld Alaska’s draconian campaign contribution limits
LifeNational 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 FreedomThe American Legion v. American Humanist Association
ADF files friend-of-the-court-brief asking court to honor veterans, apply Constitution correctly
Religious FreedomMasterpiece 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 FreedomTrinity 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 FreedomGeneva 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 FreedomSouthern Nazarene University v. Azar
Four Christian universities in Oklahoma filed suit against the Obama administration’s mandate
Religious FreedomReed v. Town of Gilbert
Town Discriminates Against Church Signs While Widely Permitting Political, Real Estate, and other Similar Signs
Religious FreedomSusan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus
An Ohio law criminalizes political speech that a state agency determines to be “false.”
Religious FreedomConestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell
Federal government requires a Christian business to pay for abortion-inducing drugs for its employees
Religious FreedomMcCullen 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 FreedomLane 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 FreedomArizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn
Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies secure an important U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting school choice
Marriage & FamilyFederal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations
ADF filed friend-of-the-court brief in defense of FCC rules against obscenity in broadcasts
Religious FreedomPleasant Grove City v. Summum
ADF provided funding, friend-of-the-court briefs in case involving Utah monument
Religious FreedomHein 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 FreedomGonzales v. Carhart
The Supreme Court held that ban on partial-birth abortion was constitutional—bringing this inhuman procedure to an end.
Religious FreedomScheidler v. National Organization for Women
The Supreme Court overturned judgments and massive fines against multiple pro-life protesters.
Religious FreedomVan Orden v. Perry
State sued for placing historical monuments, including Ten Commandments monument, near state capitol.
Religious FreedomBoard 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 FreedomUnited States v. American Library Association
Public funding for internet access contingent upon use of filter to limit harmful material
Religious FreedomZelman v. Simmons-Harris
The constitutionality of school vouchers used by parents choosing to send their child to a religious school
Religious FreedomGood 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 FreedomWashington v. Glucksberg | Vacco v. Quill
The Supreme Court upheld two state bans on assisted suicide.
Religious FreedomRosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
The United States Supreme Court says university cannot discriminate against Christian student newspaper
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