From the beginning, ADL recognized the importance of addressing not only the defamation of the Jewish people, but simultaneously understood the importance of securing "justice and fair treatment to all..."
ADL brought together a broad coalition of religious, cultural and civil rights organizations, representing diverse faiths, traditions and cultures, to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to reject efforts to impose one particular religious understanding of marriage into law. ADL filed a friend- of-the-court briefin the four cases pending before the Court: Obergefell v. Hodges, Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, and Bourke v. Beshear. These cases challenge Ohio's, Tennessee’s, Michigan’s, and Kentucky’s Marriage Bans, state constitutional amendments that define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. ADL’s brief on behalf of a coalition of 25 organizations recounts how discriminatory laws targeting disadvantaged groups have long been justified by religious and moral disapproval, an argument that has been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief also argued that overturning the marriage ban would not only ensure that religious considerations do not improperly influence which marriages the state can recognize, but would also allow religious groups to decide the definition of marriage for themselves.
In the wake of events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and around the country, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. ADL's statement to the Task Force advocates for "policing practices that can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and collaborative relationships between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve and protect."
Read about ADL's work in the courts from this past term.
Amicus curiae, literally "friend of the court," briefs have proven to be one of the most effective means of achieving ADL's goal of "securing justice and fair treatment to all..." Such briefs are filed by groups who are not parties to a particular dispute but nevertheless have a stake in its outcome.
As a civil rights organization with a stake in many different types of litigation, ADL has filed amicus briefs in cases involving issues that range from the separation of church and state to racial discrimination to marriage equality.