Supreme Court Find Federal Government Can't Compel Beneficiaries of HIV/AIDS Program To Espouse Anti-Prostitution View

by Paul Siciliano


 Who would promote such a thing?

Who would promote such a thing?

Okay, that title was too long for my own good, but oh well.  None of the much hyped cases were announced today, but there were a few interesting ones.  In the first one discussed, Agency for International Development v. Alliance For Open Society International , the Supreme Court found that groups which received funds under the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculous and Malaria Act of 2003 do not have to be forced to have an affirmative policy opposed to prostitution and/or human trafficking.  Such a compulsion is a violation of the organization's First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech.

In a nutshell, if the Federal Government is providing funding, it is okay to dictate how that money will be spent, but it is not okay to tell what the organization must believe unless it is part of the program - which was not in this case.  My analysis here