Below is the Amicus Brief that Pacific Justice Institute filed, and the final disposition from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Harbor Missionary Church in Ventura, California.
The letter below was sent to the Los Angeles City Planning Department regarding St. Mary's Orthodox Christian Church.
Sacramento, CA--A bill recently introduced in the California Legislature takes aim at other states with religious freedom protections.
AB 1887, by Assembly Member Low of Silicon Valley, forbids the state from paying travel expenses for most types of employees unless they are visiting states with LGBT-friendly laws. The bill claims to “strongly support” religious freedom but only to the extent it is deemed non-discriminatory. The bill is a response to clashes within the last few years between LGBT rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is in place at the federal level and in some form in 21 states. Those states include both large states and popular convention destinations, such as Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia to name a few. However, the bill does not appear to restrict the travel of members of the Legislature or their staffs.
San Diego, CA--The City of San Diego recently rescinded its order that employees not mention the term “Founding Fathers.” This reversal occurred after Pacific Justice Institute staff attorney Matthew McReynolds sent a demand letter informing the City that such a mandate was an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.
The City had cited the phrase as “gender biased” language in the city manual and had recently affirmed this policy to its employees.
San Diego, CA--Just in time for President’s Day, the City of San Diego is warning its employees that even mentioning the Founding Fathers could get them in trouble.
That’s one of many startling conclusions reached by a new manual the city has issued for written and oral communication by its employees. In a section on “Bias-Free Language,” the City instructs workers to eliminate from their vocabulary a number of words and phrases considered gender biased, including “the common man,” “manmade,” “man up” and many others. As one example, the guidelines note that “founding fathers” is also problematic and should be replaced with “founders.”
San Francisco, CA--With the world’s attention focused on the Bay Area for this weekend’s Super Bowl, some visitors might find themselves confronting San Francisco’s latest incredulity: City-sponsored public urination.
Local residents have begun complaining to officials about what they’re seeing at the corner of Church and 20th Streets, adjacent to a public park and public transit station. Approximately $15,000 was reportedly spent to construct a small, semi-circular wall, about waist high with a hole in the cement, intended for public urination. The location includes no roof and no door, so those using the facility are clearly visible from the sidewalk, passing trains, the park and nearby multi-story housing.
What a year it has been at PJI! Some of the most important cases we’ve been involved in this year have included:
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Sacramento, CA--A federal court ruled late Monday that a law requiring pro-life pregnancy clinics to promote abortion can go into effect January 1st.
Pacific Justice Institute represents three pregnancy clinics that are challenging the law, AB775, on free speech and free exercise of religion grounds.
In a 59-page order, U.S District Judge, Kimberly Mueller agreed with PJI that the law raised "serious questions" about potential First Amendment violations and would also cause irreparable harm to the clinics. However, Judge Mueller determined that the interests of the clinics in refusing to promote abortion were outweighed by the interests of the State to ensure women receive information about all their options.
Sacramento, CA--A federal judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Friday on California’s controversial effort to mandate that pro-life pregnancy clinics promote abortion.
Pacific Justice Institute represents three pro-life clinics challenging AB 775. PJI attorney, Kevin Snider, will present oral arguments beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in Sacramento before Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. PJI is asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the law from taking effect on January 1, 2016. Similar attempts in New York City and Baltimore to compel pro-life clinics to utter pro-abortion messages were found to be unconstitutional by the Second and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal, respectively.
Sacramento, CA—Attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute are asking a federal court to block implementation of a law that would force pro-life pregnancy clinics to point women toward abortion.
Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 775, which would require pro-life clinics to tell women about the availability of free or low-cost abortions. PJI filed suit within 24 hours on behalf of three clinics across the state who believe in the sanctity of life and are morally opposed to abortion. On Friday, PJI filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction asking the court to prevent the law from going into effect on January 1, 2016.