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 Court.

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:

Religious Freedom

* 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* Kentucky: Ten Commandments set among historical documents regarding the development of American law and government is constitutional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 is unconstitutional
* Texas: required county to repeal policy banning use of community room for religious meetings
* 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 considering abortion
* Florida: successfully argued before U.S. Supreme Court, regarding rights of sidewalk counselors
* Tennessee: settled before trial, requiring city to repeal law used to stop pro-life picketers

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
 

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