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Pax­ton Works to Safe­guard First Amend­ment Pro­tec­tions for Reli­gious Group Fac­ing Ille­gal Discrimination

Attorney General Paxton has joined an Alabama-led multistate amicus brief in the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, fighting to defend the First Amendment rights of a Jewish synagogue facing unconstitutional discrimination.

September 26, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Secures Major Vic­to­ry for the Con­sti­tu­tion, Free Speech Against Big Tech

Attorney General Paxton has secured a major victory in the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of Texans and free speech advocates across the country.

September 19, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion to Hold Biden Admin Account­able for Threat­en­ing Par­ents’ First Amend­ment Rights

After a successful 17-state coalition obtained an apology from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Attorney General Ken Paxton continued to push back to hold the Biden Administration accountable for colluding with the NSBA after threatening parents’ First Amendment rights.

October 27, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Joins 18-State Coali­tion to Pro­tect Unborn Babies from Dis­crim­i­na­to­ry Abortion

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 17 other states in an amicus brief urging the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court decision and uphold Tennessee’s prohibition of abortions based on an unborn baby’s sex, race, or likelihood of having Down Syndrome.

November 19, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Files Brief in Sup­port of Free Speech for Texas Attorneys

Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in defense of First Amendment rights for members of the State Bar of Texas.

July 08, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton: California’s Trav­el Ban Under­mines Nation­al Uni­ty; Vio­lates U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion by Pun­ish­ing Those Who Respect Reli­gious Liberty

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an original action against the State of California in the United States Supreme Court, seeking to strike down California’s travel ban for states that uphold First Amendment protections for religious liberty.

February 10, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Urges Court to Pro­tect Baby Girl’s Right to Life

On behalf of Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins today argued before the Second Court of Appeals, fighting to protect baby T.L.’s life and halt a Texas law that allows physicians, along with an ethics or medical committee, to cease life-sustaining treatment against a patient or caregiver’s wishes.

February 04, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Applauds SCO­TUS Deci­sion Pro­tect­ing Cross at Vet­er­ans Memorial

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a cross may continue to mark a World War I veterans memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland.

June 20, 2019 | Noteworthy

AG Pax­ton Prais­es Rul­ing Against Waller Coun­ty in Retal­ia­to­ry Open Car­ry Lawsuit

“This is a great day for the First Amendment and the right of citizens to participate in government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Waller County should be embarrassed and ashamed of using litigation as a tool to silence someone who merely called on it to stop violating a state law.”

March 16, 2018