AIDS Funding Rule Violates 1st Amendment, High Court Says

Law360, New York (June 20, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a statute banning federal anti-AIDS funding to organizations that don't explicitly oppose prostitution violates the First Amendment, saying it unlawfully compels those groups to espouse government beliefs outside the scope of the funding program.

The justices ruled 6-2 that a clause in the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act, requiring recipients of federal anti-AIDS funding to agree to a policy to explicitly oppose prostitution and sex trafficking even outside of federally funded programs, violates a...
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