Liberty Counsel® is an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

With offices in Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and an outreach in Israel, Liberty Counsel has hundreds of advocates around the world. Liberty Counsel was started in 1989 in Central Florida by Mathew and Anita Staver and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Mat Staver at the U.S. Supreme Court

Recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, this independent Christian ministry is funded by tax-deductible donations from concerned individuals, churches, businesses, foundations and other organizations.

The purpose of this ministry is to preserve religious liberty and help create and maintain a society in which everyone will have the opportunity to discover the truth that will give true freedom.

Liberty Counsel sends a Liberty Alert® email to inform subscribers about breaking news, and publishes The Liberator® newsletter to overview current issues and legal cases.

Liberty Counsel produces several multimedia programs dealing with various legal, religious and policy issues, and is active in social media such as FacebookTwitter and YouTube

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Projects and Initiatives
A Sampling of Past Legal Victories

Advancing Religious Freedom

Alaska: Defended churches against the ACLU, which sought to have certain property tax exemptions revoked.
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Kentucky: District court ruled that Ten Commandments set among historical documents regarding the development of American law and government is constitutional.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”. 
New Mexico: Paved the way for new Christians to be baptized in a detention center. 
North Carolina: Successfully defended a second grade boy who was told not to give Bibles to his friends on Valentine's Day. 
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. 
Washington: Successfully defended students who were suspended for peacefully praying before school. 
Wisconsin: Court ruled that a city and state law banning literature distribution to occupants of vehicles or placing literature on cars are unconstitutional. 
Nationwide: Successfully defended scores of Good News Club cases in many states, resulting in thousands of children being able to hear the gospel in after-school clubs in public schools.

Advancing the Sanctity of Human Life

Florida: Court ruled against pro-abortion groups seeking to block "Choose Life" license plates; Argued in favor of state law requiring informed consent for women considering abortion; 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. Filed two amicus briefs with U.S. Supreme Court in successful defense of federal partial-birth abortion law.

Advancing the Family 

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. 
New York: Settled lawsuit against school district and stopped the first homosexual and sexually deviant high school in America. 
Nationwide: Won huge marriage victories in New York, California, Tennessee, Connecticut and Nebraska. Defended marriage as the union of one man and one woman in over 40 separate legal cases.


Liberty Counsel's Board of Directors is responsible for setting policies and for oversight of the organization. The Founder and Chairman is Mathew D. Staver and the President is Anita L. Staver, both of whom are attorneys. Together, they lead a talented and dedicated group of attorneys and staff. The independent members of the Board set the compensation for the leadership team, after a review of compensation data from similar nonprofit groups.

Liberty Counsel's Board of Directors has adopted a Christian doctrinal statement, but Liberty Counsel does not limit its services to Christians, as the rights of Christians are affected positively by defending the rights of others.


Working With Other Organizations

Liberty Counsel cooperates and coordinates its efforts with other religious liberty, pro-life and pro-family organizations. Liberty Counsel has represented many notable clients, including Focus on the Family, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University and the Christian Educators Association International. Believing there is strength in unity, Liberty Counsel has joined forces to collaborate with many groups and organizations. We believe that like-minded groups should cooperate, but that we should not all become one group. (Two are better than one ... and a three-fold cord is not easily broken. Eccl. 4:9,12).