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Religious Liberty

Pax­ton Joins Ami­cus Brief Sup­port­ing Reli­gious Liberty

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.

November 19, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Leads Mul­ti­state Coali­tion Defend­ing Coach’s Right to Prayer

Attorney General Ken Paxton led a 23-state coalition defending religious liberty for a high school football coach who was unjustly fired for praying after games.  

October 19, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti-State Coali­tion in Defend­ing Reli­gious Liberty

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined a multi-state amicus brief in support of religious liberty in a Virginia case, arguing that the City of Fredericksburg violated the First Amendment when it denied a property tax exemption to a residence owned by a church and occupied by two of its pastors.

September 09, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion in Demand­ing Pro­tec­tion of Seminary’s Reli­gious Liberties

Attorney General Paxton joined an Amicus Brief along with 15 other states to fight for the rights of Fuller Theological Seminary, which expelled two students who entered same-sex marriages after their admission.

June 23, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Sends Let­ter to Cameron Coun­ty Warn­ing that it Must Allow Reli­gious Pri­vate Schools to Open

Attorney General Ken Paxton  today  issued a letter to Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, warning against a control order issued jointly by Judge Treviño and the county’s health authority that specifically dictates how religious private schools may operate.

September 04, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Files Ami­cus Brief in Texas Supreme Court Defend­ing Reli­gious Liberty

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in the Texas Supreme Court urging it to protect the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock’s First Amendment rights to be free from state courts interfering with church doctrine and governance

August 25, 2020 | Press Release

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Issues Guid­ance to Reli­gious Pri­vate Schools for Fall Reopenings

Attorney Genera l Ken  Paxton  today issued a guidance letter to religious private schools in Texas, informing them that local public health orders attempting to restrict their reopenings violate the United States and Texas Constitutions and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

July 17, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Applauds SCO­TUS for Pro­tect­ing Reli­gious Lib­er­ty of Faith-Based Organizations

Attorney General Ken Paxton today  commended the United States Supreme Court for upholding religious liberties for faith-based organizations and their employees by defending the constitutional rights of both Our Lady of Guadalupe, a private Catholic school, and the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor. 

July 08, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Issues Let­ter to CDC Request­ing Review of Inter­im Guidance

The Office of the Attorney General sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking it to revise its Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

May 07, 2020 | Noteworthy

Gov­er­nor Abbott and Attor­ney Gen­er­al Pax­ton Update Guid­ance for Hous­es of Wor­ship as Texas Reopens

Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued updated joint guidance regarding the effect of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18 on religious services conducted by congregations and houses of worship.

April 27, 2020 | Press Release