June was Pride Month, and Americans United was out in force to show support for the LGBTQ community.
In Washington, D.C., a contingent of AU staff members, joined by family, friends and local supporters, marched in the city's annual Pride Parade June 9. Led by President and CEO Rachel Laser, the AU band wore blue T-shirts featuring the phrase, "Keep Your Dogma Off My Rights!"
The next day, Americans United had an informational table at the Capital Pride Festival. Staff members were at the booth all day to distribute AU literature and take questions. Laser worked the booth, along with Legislative Director Maggie Garrett, Legal Intern Rebecca Fate, Chief Operating Officer Chis Colburn, Digital Campaign Specialist Kate Perelman and Communications Director Rob Boston.
AU's participation in the event was noted by The Washington Blade, a prominent LGBTQ newspaper.
Richard B. Katskee, AU legal director, addressed the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers June 24. The annual event, which is co-sponsored by Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society, brings teachers from all over the country to Washington, D.C., for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.
Americans United's Houston Chapter held a panel discussion June 5 titled "Build The Wall (Between Church and State): Protecting Religion from Government Interference and Partisan Politics."
Speakers were Mustafaa Carroll of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; the Rev. Lisa Hunt of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and Rabbi Steven Morgen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. The event was moderated by Evan Mintz, a member of the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board.
The discussion took place at the United Way Community Resource Center in Houston.
AU's Orange-Durham Chapter in North Carolina hosted a talk by Hal Crowther June 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough. Crowther is an essayist who frequently writes about the Religious Right...