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Geoffrey Surtees

Geoffrey Surtees is an attorney with the ACLJ and specializes in religious civil liberties. Geoff is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (summa cum laude) from the Pontifical Lateran University. Since joining the ACLJ as an attorney in 2001, Geoff has been active in a wide array of First Amendment cases, including the free speech rights of pro-life demonstrators and public school students. He has also participated in cases involving the conscience rights of medical personnel and the religious rights of public and private employees.

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Supreme Court to Rule on Peace Cross WWI Memorial

By Geoffrey Surtees1541433404126

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will decide whether a war memorial cross is constitutional under the First Amendment. As explained in more detail here , the Bladensburg Peace Cross was funded and erected nearly a century ago by the American Legion and others to commemorate the lives of...

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Major Victory for Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers in Hawaii

By Geoffrey Surtees1537304612393

Can the government force you to speak a message that contradicts what you believe as a moral and religious matter? Thanks to more than half-a-century of Supreme Court decisions, the answer to that question is no . The Court has stated time and time again that “freedom of speech prohibits the...

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ACLJ Files brief in Support of Bladensburg Cross

By Geoffrey Surtees1532613600000

Supreme Court decisions interpreting the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause are not, to put it charitably, a model of clarity. The jurisprudence arising out of those decisions has been described by the lower court judges as a “judicial morass,” “rife with confusion,” and a “trial judge’s...

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Pro-Life Centers Can’t Be Forced to Promote Abortion

By Geoffrey Surtees1530030093744

Today, in a 5-4 decision , the United States Supreme Court held that California cannot conscript pro-life pregnancy centers into mouthing a government-dictated message motivated by that state’s pro-abortion ideology. This is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right to free speech and the...

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ACLJ's Comments Supporting Pro-Life Conscience Rule

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Defending Evangelism, Thirty Years and Counting

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HHS and Safeguarding the Sacred Right of Conscience

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