About Liberty Counsel
Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization
dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the
traditional family. Established in 1989, Liberty Counsel is a national
organization headquartered in Orlando, Florida, with branch offices in Virginia
and hundreds of affiliate attorneys in all 50 states.
Are gifts tax-deductible?
Recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, Liberty Counsel is funded by
donations from concerned individuals, churches and organizations across the
country. Donations to this ministry are tax-deductible.
Who is Mat Staver?
Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, serves as
lead counsel on Liberty Counsel's litigated cases. He has argued in numerous
state and federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme
What is Liberty Counsel’s track record?
From the inception of our litigation, Liberty Counsel has been
blessed with an 83% win ratio. Nearly every case is unique, precedential, and
many contain issues that have never been tried in the history of our country.
These are not routine cases, and many times our victories have a direct impact
on the culture and the future of America.
What cases has Liberty Counsel won?
A very small sample of legal victories include:
* California: a school district must allow a Christian group to meet in public
schools at no charge, so that the first after-school Good News Club can share
the gospel and teach character and morals to elementary students in the nation’s
second largest school district
* Florida: court ruled that Christian church could locate in the heart of
Cassadaga, Florida, thus becoming the first Christian church to operate in the
all-spiritualist community since 1894
* Florida: settled prior to trial, requiring that a community college revise its
literature distribution policy, after students were threatened with arrest for
distributing religious literature on campus
* Iowa: settled prior to trial, requiring school to repeal policy and adopt a
new one which allows students to pass out religious literature
* Kentucky: Ten Commandments set among historical documents regarding the
development of American law and government is constitutional
* Massachusetts: students must be allowed to pass out scripture verses; case
resulted in best published legal opinion on the rights of students to distribute
religious literature in public school
* Michigan: settled before trial, requiring government housing authority to pay
damages for attempting to evict woman for placing a religious sign in her window
* Michigan: settled before trial, requiring school to adopt a new policy
allowing students to distribute religious literature, including Campus Crusade
For Christ “Survival Kits”
* Ohio: settled prior to trial, causing city to drop criminal charge against
owner of facility for allowing church to meet there, and causing city to adopt
ordinance favorable to churches
* Pennsylvania: court ruled that banning religious meeting in community center
* Texas: required county to repeal policy banning use of community room for
* Virginia: part of the state constitution found unconstitutional under the U.S.
Constitution, so that churches can incorporate and own unlimited amount of
property for first time since 1777
* Wisconsin: ruled that a city and state law banning literature distribution to
occupants of vehicles or placing literature on cars are unconstitutional
Sanctity of Human Life
* Florida: court ruled against pro-abortion groups seeking to block “Choose
Life” license plates
* Florida: argued in favor of state law requiring informed consent for women
* Florida: successfully argued before U.S. Supreme Court, regarding rights of
* Tennessee: settled before trial, requiring city to repeal law used to stop
Traditional Family Values
* Florida: Took over and won a case on appeal where judge ruled that sex and
gender are in the mind, granting child custody to a transsexual
* Georgia: first case ever to declare a Vermont civil union is not equivalent to
marriage, and a state and federal Defense of Marriage Act permits a state to ban
same sex unions