No. 13-5071.

738 F.3d 425 (2013)

In re NAVY CHAPLAINCY, Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, et al., Appellants v. United States Navy, et al., Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided December 27, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Arthur A. Schulcz Sr. , argued the cause and filed the briefs for appellants.

Sushma Soni , Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, argued the cause for appellees. With her on the brief were Stuart F. Delery , Assistant Attorney General, Ronald C. Machen Jr. , U.S. Attorney, and Marleigh D. Dover , Attorney.

Opinion for the Court filed by Senior Circuit Judge WILLIAMS.

WILLIAMS, Senior Circuit Judge:

Plaintiffs, whom we'll call simply the chaplains, are a group of current and former officers in the Navy Chaplain Corps who identify themselves as non-liturgical Christians, plus two chaplain-endorsing agencies. They sued in district court, claiming (among other things) that several of the Navy's policies for promoting chaplains prefer Catholics and liturgical Protestants at the expense of various non-liturgical denominations. The basic...

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