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"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” -- Thomas Jefferson, as President, in a letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802

While the First Amendment to the Constitution offers us a wonderful guarantee of freedom to believe as we wish, it is, as with all guarantees, only as good a protection for our liberty as the strength of our demand that it be honored. If we are not vigilant, these protections can be eroded over time, and eventually, will no longer exist.

Join The Atlanta Georgia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State in our struggle to preserve one of the most important principles established by our founding fathers, the "wall of separation" between church and state.

Jeff Selman, our current chapter president, was a lead plaintiff in the "evolution sticker" suit against the Cobb County Board of Education, and he continues to be an advocate for all who are victims of religious discrimination or policies that violate the doctrine of church-state separation.

Millions of gay and lesbian Americans should not be denied the right to marry because of false arguments raised about religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today is filing a friend-of-the-court brief before the Supreme Court in a group of cases challenging the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. Opponents of marriage equality have argued that legalization of these unions will spawn conflicts with religious liberty.

Americans United’s brief in Obergefell v. Hodges rejects this argument.

“That some people have religious objections to others’ exercise of a fundamental right or entitlement to equal treatment under the law has never been thought a valid reason for wholly denying any recognition of constitutional protections,” asserts the brief. “Moreover, many of the feared conflicts between religious liberty and recognition of a same-sex marriage right are chimerical.”

Read more at AU:  https://au.org/media/press-releases/freedom-of-religion-and-same-sex-marriage-can-co-exist-americans-united-tells