In the Courts

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Orthodox Union Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case that Seeks End of Discrimination Against Religious Minorities through State Blaine Amendments

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education case and strike down “Blaine Amendments” contained in many state constitutions that bar state aid to parochial schools. The Colorado Supreme Court relied on that state’s Blaine Amendment to invalidate a school voucher program in Douglas County, Colorado.
Read More Posted at December 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

Amicus Curiae Brief: Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education

The Orthodox Union filed a "Friend of the Court" brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education case and strike down “Blaine Amendments” contained in many state constitutions that bar state aid to parochial schools. The case was originally heard in the Supreme Court of Colorado.
Read More Posted at December 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Orthodox Union Statement on Supreme Court’s Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges

Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America issued the following statement: “In response to the decisions announced today by the United States Supreme Court with reference to the issue of legal recognition of same sex marriage, we reiterate the historical position of the Jewish faith, enunciated unequivocally in our Bible, Talmud and Codes, which forbids homosexual relationships and condemns the institutionalization of such relationships as marriages. Our religion is emphatic in defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Our beliefs in this regard are unalterable. At the same time, we note that Judaism teaches respect for others and we condemn discrimination against individuals.
Read More Posted at June 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

Orthodox Union Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Striking Down Jerusalem Passport Law

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed disappointment with this morning’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a law permitting U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have “Israel” listed as their birthplace in their U.S. passport. The ruling was 6-3 in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry.
Read More Posted at June 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Applauds 8-1 Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Religious Freedom in the Workplace

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded today’s 8-1 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court reversing a lower court decision requiring applicants for employment to disclose their religious observance during a hiring interview or anytime during the hiring process. The high court held today that “an employer may not make a [job] applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.”
Read More Posted at June 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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