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..."
Read about ADL's recently filed amicus briefs in Hollinsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor. The Windsor brief argues that that religious views of marriage are distinct and separate from a civil understanding of marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) flouts this longstanding Establishment Clause principle by not only writing one particular religious understanding of marriage into federal law but by failing to provide a secular reason for doing so. The brief also argues that DOMA fails to satisfy equal protection and due process constitutional analyses.
The Perry brief argues that the Court should land on the right side of history and reject religious and moral disapproval as the basis for a discriminatory law. ADL was joined on the brief by nearly 20 religious and cultural organizations.
On April 16, 2013 ADL urged the Senate to confirm the nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor. ADL highlighted Perez's work on voting rights, bullying prevention and education equity and emphasized his leadership in training, implementing and enforcing the Mathew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Amicus curiae, literally "friend of the court," briefs have proven to be one of the most effective means of achieving our goal "...to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination..." ADL has filed amicus briefs in many landmark discrimination cases. Summaries and copies of some of the most significant briefs ADL has filed may be accessed below.