The right to practice religion, or no religion at all, is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works to ensure that this essential freedom is protected by keeping the government out of religion. The Constitution’s framers understood that religious liberty could flourish only if the government leaves religion alone, and we are dedicated to maintaining that separation to preserve religious freedom for all people.
At a Senate committee hearing at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, lawmakers will consider sweeping changes to an existing state law that would take away women’s access to basic health services by allowing any employer to deny women coverage for contraception if the employer objects to contraception for moral reasons.
In a 5-4 decision on April 4, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona taxpayers represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona lack standing to challenge a state tax program that uses state funds generated by tax revenues to fund scholarships on the basis of religion.
WASHINGTON –  The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in an American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Arizona case challenging an Arizona tax credit-funded school tuition program under which most of the state-funded, private school scholarships are unconstitutionally awarded on a religiously discriminatory basis.
WASHINGTON – President Obama today issued an Executive Order stating the government’s principles and policymaking criteria for partnerships with faith-based and other neighborhood organizations. Though the Executive Order brings much needed clarity to current rules governing the participation of religious groups in government, it leaves many of the current troubling policies governing those relationships in place.
PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has joined other jails and prisons throughout the country in implementing a policy regarding the wearing of religious head coverings by detainees and inmates. 
PHOENIX, AZ –  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) detention officer who was demoted and eventually forced to leave for being a practicing Muslim.
PHOENIX – Saying that recent court decisions demonstrate the need to review the constitutionality of Arizona’s corporate income-tax-credit scholarship program, a coalition of education and civil rights groups today asked the Arizona Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a program that allows corporations to reduce their tax payments in exchange for making donations to support scholarships to private, sectarian schools. 
PHOENIX – In an important victory for religious freedom, the United States Court of the Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today ruled that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s individual tax-credit funded scholarship program can move forward. The unanimous ruling comes in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.
PHOENIX – The ACLU of Arizona applauds today’s decision by the Arizona Supreme Court striking down two state-funded voucher programs as a violation of the so-called “Aid Clause” of the Arizona Constitution.
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