religious liberty

Paxton Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Religious Liberty

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate amicus brief in support of religious liberty, in a case that is pending in the Colorado Court of Appeals. Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop is the second case brought against Jack Phillips, a baker, under state public accommodation laws—this time because he refused on religious grounds to make a custom cake celebrating a customer’s gender transition. The previous case against Mr. Phillips was resolved in his favor by the United States Supreme Court. The amicus brief argues that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause prevents the government from enforcing state laws that interfere with Americans’ exercise of their religious beliefs. […]

AG Paxton: Today’s 5th Circuit Ruling Is a Victory for Religious Liberty

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed a ruling today by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed a challenge against the state of Mississippi’s religious freedom law (HB 1523). Attorney General Paxton sided with Mississippi in an amicus brief filed in the 5th Circuit on behalf of nine states last November. Mississippi’s law protects citizens from government discrimination based on an individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. The American Civil Liberties Union […]

AG Paxton Leads Six-State Coalition on Brief in Support of Religious Liberty

  AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today led a coalition of six states in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to take up an important religious liberty case. The case, Portico Benefit Services v. Bacon, involves a dispute between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and pastors over pastoral compensation. The pastors filed a class action against the church in Minnesota state court under the Uniform Prudent Investor […]