"We were surprised", said Kristen Waggoner, general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom.
The change opened the door for the state to provide indirect benefits to private and parochial schools. They said the program forced them to support the "religious dictates of others with whom they disagree".
The state rules require a vaginal exam whether or not a woman's doctor thinks it's necessary, enable state officials to review the medical records of every woman who has an abortion, and make doctors "provide their patients with misleading or false information about abortion, such as the bogus claim that abortion causes breast cancer", said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in NY. Two Justices: Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.
The ruling, which is specific to Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center's playground resurfacing effort, does not have an immediate effect on IL law, said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of IL.
The Missouri Constitution forbade government from spending any public money on "any church, sect, or denomination of religion".
The ruling could help religious organizations nationwide win public dollars at least for certain purposes, such as health and safety.
The Texas ruling "made it very clear that sham restrictions on abortion have to be evaluated on a fact-based standard", Brown said.
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. The ruling was appealed by the Kleins and argued before the Oregon Court of Appeals in March.
The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is rooted in a law in Colorado that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, ancestry or religion, but Texas is one of five states that does not have such a law on the books. We do not address religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination. Trinity Lutheran, which runs a preschool and daycare center, had wanted a safer surface for its playground.
In 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the decision saying it violated the state's constitution. Some counties grant permits to law-abiding gun owners on demand, but San Diego County applicants must prove they are in exceptional danger.
Trinity Lutheran argued that Missouri's policy violated its right to exercise religion as well as the U.S. Constitution's promise of equal protection under the law.
"Religious freedom should protect unwilling taxpayers from funding church property, not force them to foot the bill".
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of same-sex couples who complained that an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them, reversing a state court's ruling that married lesbian couples must get a court order to have both spouses listed on their children's birth certificates. It was not the man's status as a would-be minister but the use to which he wished to put the scholarship that could be barred by a state that doesn't wish to underwrite the education of clergy.