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Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission v. Woods

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
21-144 Wash. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the First Amendment protects Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission’s right to hire coreligionists; (2) whether denying the Mission a total exemption from non-discrimination law that the state grants to secular, small businesses violates the Free Exercise Clause; and (3) whether the Washington Supreme Court violated the Free Exercise Clause by showing at least a “slight suspicion” of hostility to religious beliefs in deleting a total exemption the legislature bestowed.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Aug 02 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 2, 2021)
Aug 10 2021Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Aug 24 2021Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Matthew S. Woods
Aug 24 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 2, 2021 to November 1, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Aug 26 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 1, 2021.
Aug 30 2021Brief amicus curiae of Samaritan's Purse filed.
Aug 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Westminster Theological Seminary filed.
Aug 31 2021Brief amici curiae of 20 Current and Former Washington State Legislators filed.
Sep 01 2021Brief amicus curiae of Citygate Network filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of Gospel Rescue Mission Fellowship, et al. filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amicus curiae of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of Montana, et al. filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of Alabama, et al. filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of Christian Legal Society, et al. filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists, et al. filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amicus curiae of Grace Youth and Family Foundation filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amicus curiae of First Liberty Institute filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team of the Religious Freedom Institute, et al. filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amicus curiae of Kevin C. Walsh filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amicus curiae of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference filed.
Sep 02 2021Brief amici curiae of American Association of Christian Schools, et al. filed.
Sep 08 2021Amicus brief of American Association of Christian Schools, et al. not accepted for filing. (Dupilicate submission) (September 08, 2021)