The National Association of Evangelicals files amicus (or friend-of-the-court) briefs to help courts consider how their decisions may affect individuals and institutions beyond the particular parties to the cases. We also suggest legal principles and precedents that we think should guide the court. Many cases that the NAE engages are related to religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.

We frequently file briefs with other groups to demonstrate broad support for our argument. Amicus briefs are typically designed to emphasize a legal perspective that has implications for other cases. They don’t summarize everything that the NAE believes about a particular issue. To better understand the impact of amicus briefs, read this article by Kim Colby of the Christian Legal Society. Below you’ll find a list of some of the amicus briefs filed by the NAE.


2021

March 11, 2021 | David and Amy Carson, et al.v. A. Pender Makin | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations

March 18, 2021 | The North American Mission Board of The Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. v. Will McRaney | avoiding government entanglement in internal affairs of religious groups

May 13, 2021 | Leslie Rutledge, et al. v. Little Rock Family Planning Services, et al. | disability rights and abortion nondiscrimination

May 25, 2021 | Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Walmart Stores East, L.P. et al. | workplace religious accommodation

July 17, 2021 | Jason Small v. Memphis Light, Gas, & Water | workplace religious accommodation

July 28, 2021 | Thomas E. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization | the right of states to regulate abortion and protect the unborn

2020

February 10, 2020 | Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrisey-Berru | right of religious organizations to choose their ministers

March 2020 | Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al., | Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, et al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al. | avoiding government entanglement in religious doctrinal disputes

June 1, 2020 | Sharonell Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | equal government accommodation of religious and secular organizations

August 6, 2020 | Mitche A. Dalberiste v. Gle Associates, Inc. | workplace religious accommodation

September 29, 2020 | Chike Uzuegbunam, et al. v.. Stanley C. Preczewski, et al. | free speech rights of students at public universities

November 30, 2020 | Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations in public health regulations

December 10, 2020 | Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations in public health regulations

2019

June 21, 2019 | Archdiocese of Washington v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, et al. | protecting freedom of speech

August 2019 | Gerald Lynn Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia | Altitude Express, Inc., et al. v. Melissa Zarda, et al. | R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al. | interpretation of “sex” in civil rights employment law

September 18, 2019 | Kendra Espinoza, et al. v. Montana Department of Revenue, et al. | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations in government funded programs

December 30, 2019 | June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals | health and safety regulation of abortion providers

2018

Kennedy v. Bremerton School District | free speech and free exercise rights of public school employees

November 13, 2018 | Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli | religious accommodations for small business owners

November 15, 2018 | Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky | state regulation of abortions that discriminate based on gender, race or disability

January 16, 2018 | National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra | government compelled pro-abortion speech at crisis pregnancy centers

February 23, 2018 | Trump v. State of Hawaii | clarify proper application of the Establishment Clause

November 26, 2018 | Melissa Elaine Klein and Aaron Wayne Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries | protecting free speech and free exercise of religion

2017

January 10, 2017 | Gloucester County School Board v. G.G and Deirdre Grimm | the Department of Education’s authority to reinterpret “sex” in federal law

January 24, 2017 | Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton | distinguish permissible religious exemptions from impermissible religious preferences by government

September 7, 2017 | Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | religious accommodations for small business owners

2016

February 3, 2016 | Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt | state regulation of abortion providers

April 21, 2016 | Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations in government funding

May 11, 2016 | The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and Mohammad Ali Chaudry v. Township of Bernards | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations in zoning regulations

January 11, 2016 | Most Reverend David A. Zubik, et al v. Sylvia Burwell, et al. | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

2014

January 27, 2014 | Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. | Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Kathleen Sebelius | rights of religious owners of closely held for-profit organizations under law

March 3, 2014 | Susan B Anthony List v. Driehaus | freedom of speech

March 6, 2014 | Priests For Life v. United States Department of Health And Human Services, Roman Catholic Archbishop v. Kathleen Sebelius | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

April 9, 2014 | Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew | ministerial housing allowance

May 1, 2014 | Child Evangelism Fellowship v. Cleveland | equal access to public facilities that are made available to community groups

May 29, 2014 | Holt v. Hobbs | religious accommodation for prisoners

August 1, 2014 | Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. v. Burwell | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

August 1, 2014 | Geneva v. Burwell | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

October 27, 2014 | Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York | equal treatment of churches that rent public school space for worship services

December 30, 2014 | Hart v. State of North Carolina, Cynthia Perry, Gennell Curry, Thom Tillis, Phil Berger | equal treatment of religious and secular schools in government funded scholarship programs

2013

January 29, 2013 | United States v. Windsor | federal definition of marriage

February 26, 2013 | William Grote, III V. Kathleen Sebelius | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

April 5, 2013 | Bill Duncan, Thomas Chase, Rebecca Emerson-Brown, The Rev. Homer Goddard, Rabbi Joshua Segal, The Rev. Richard Stuart, and Ruth Stuart v. State of New Hampshire | equal treatment of religious and secular schools in government funded scholarship programs

May 7, 2013 | Gilardi v. US Department of Health and Human Services | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

September 16, 2013 | McCullen v. Coakley | freedom of speech in abortion clinic sidewalk counseling

December 11, 2013 | EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch | workplace religious accommodation

2012

January 17, 2012 | Alpha Delta Chi v. Reed | equal treatment of religious and secular student groups on public universities campuses

June 28, 2012 | Moss v. Spartanburg County School District | religious freedom for public school students

August 8, 2012 | Rich v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections | religious accommodations for prisoners

September 28, 2012 | O’Brien v. Department of Health and Human Services | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

October 10, 2012 | Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York | challenging a ban on worship services by organizations renting school facilities for public meetings

October 12, 2012 | Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

November 21, 2012 | Stormans v. Selecky | conscience protection for pharmacists

2011

January 27, 2011 | Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services | rights of religious organizations under law when third parties allege harm

April 15, 2011 | Rasor Elementary School Students v. Lynn Swanson, Jackie Bomchill | religious freedom for public school students

April 18, 2011 | Willis v. Indiana Department of Corrections | religious accommodation for prisoners

October 27, 2011 | Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York | equal treatment of churches that rent public school space for worship services

2010

February 19, 2010 | Christian Legal Society v. Martinez | equal treatment for religious and secular student organizations at public universities

March 2010 | Sossamon v. Texas | religious accommodation for prisoners

April 28, 2010 | Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School | right of religious organizations to choose their ministers

May 3, 2010 | Salazar v. Buono | religious symbols on former public lands

August 6, 2010 | Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Kathleen M. Winn | equal treatment of religious and secular schools in state scholarship programs

August 19, 2010 | Morgan v. Plano Independent School District | religious freedom for students at public schools

September 21, 2010 | Lori Kennedy v. Villa St. Catherine, Inc. | employment rights of religious organizations

September 24, 2010 | Hollingsworth v. Perry | definition of marriage in California

September 24, 2010 | Schwarzenegger v. Plata | medical care for prisoners

October 10, 2012 | Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York | equal treatment of religious and secular organizations seeking to rent space in public schools during off hours

2009

June 8, 2009 | Christian Legal Society Chapter of University of California, Hastings College of The Law v. Nell Newton, et al. | equal treatment of religious and secular student groups on public university campuses

November 5, 2009 | Paul T. Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School | free speech for public school students

2008

November 24, 2008 | Sylvia Spencer, Vicki Hulse, and Ted Youngberg v. World Vision, Inc. | hiring rights for religious organizations

2007

Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries v. Glover | equal access by religious groups to community meetings rooms at a public library

2006

Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

Gonzales v. Carhart

2005

Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do

Vegetal et al.

Gonzales v. Oregon

2001

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, et al.

1999

Troxel v. Granville

1997

Agostini v. Felton

1996

Camps Newfound/Owatonna v. Town of Harrison*
Vacco v. Quill*
State of Washington v. Glucksberg*

1995

Romer v. Evans*

1992

Church of Lukumi Bablu Aye, Inc. v. Pichardo v. City of Hialeah*

1991

International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Inc. v. Lee*

1989

The Board of Education of the Westside Community Schools et al. v. Mergens*

Webster v. Reproductive Health Services*

1988

Frazee v. Department of Employment Security*

United States Catholic Conference and National Conference of Catholic Bishops v. Abortion Rights Mobilization*

1987

Bemis Pentecostal Church v. State of Tennessee*

1986

Board of Airport Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles v. Jews for Jesus Inc.*

Edwards v. Aguillard*

1985

Bender v. Williamsport Area School District*

Witters v. State of Washington Commission for the Blind*

1984

Wallace v. Jaffree*

1981

Widmar v. Vincent*