The Supreme Court announced today it has denied certiorari in the Fort Worth case.
Documents filed in the Fort Worth case:
Petition for A Writ of Certiorari:
The Episcopal Church and local Episcopal parties and congregations in Fort Worth, Texas
On June 19, 2014, The Episcopal Church and loyal Episcopal parties and congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Fort Worth parties were joined in the filing by the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas and the officials from the continuing Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in San Angelo.
The following parties have filed "friend of the court" briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Fort Worth case
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The African Methodist Episcopal Church (joined August 27, 2014)
(TECSC, Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Grace Presbytery; Presbytery of New Covenant; and The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church, Inc.) UPDATE: Letter from the African Methodist Episcopal Church joining the TECSC Amicus Brief
The Greek Orthodox Church
The Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Rutherford Institute September 2014
The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has joined in the amicus brief filed by TECSC. Read the AME Church's letter joining the brief.
The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization based in Charlottesville, Va., also filed its own amicus brief in the case, saying that "Experience and logic reveal that (Jones v. Wolf) is unworkable, and that the shortcomings of the 'neutral principles' approach endorsed in that decision outweigh its benefits. The neutral principles approach has precipitated a substantial and unwarranted intrusion by secular courts into matters of religious doctrine and internal church governance."