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Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:34pm
The past few days have seen a quick succession of events in the continuing legal challenges to the contraception coverage rule. Even close watchers of the over 70 cases that have been filed could be forgiven for struggling to keep up. Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments in a challenge brought by a produce shipping company that claims it should be able to deny its employees contraception coverage due to the owners' religious beliefs.
ACLU Lens: National Scrutiny of Single-Sex Programs Based on Stereotypes

ACLU Lens: National Scrutiny of Single-Sex Programs Based on Stereotypes

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 1:55pm

This week, the Associated Press reported on our “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes” campaign challenging unlawful single-sex education programs around the country.

"Honey, We Did It!" – Edie Windsor Says Thank You

"Honey, We Did It!" – Edie Windsor Says Thank You

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 4:41pm

Yesterday, Edie Windsor visited the ACLU and NYCLU offices to address the media after her amazing victory in her challenge against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Edie filed a lawsuit with the help of the ACLU and the law firm Paul, Weiss,…

ACLU Lens: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down DOMA

ACLU Lens: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down DOMA

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:15pm

A federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies married same-sex couples the same federal benefits available to other married couples.

The case, Gill v. Office of Personnel…

Victory in Haywood! Anti-Gay, Proselytizing Principal Resigns Hours After Public Outcry.

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 11:34am

The Jackson Sun reports that Dorothy Bond has resigned as the principal of Haywood High School in Haywood, Tennessee, after reports surfaced that she said gay students are “not on God’s path” and threatened to expel them if they…

ACLU Lens: White House Affirms Contraception Coverage for Millions of Women

ACLU Lens: White House Affirms Contraception Coverage for Millions of Women

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 1:32pm

Last week, the Obama administration stood for reproductive rights and refused to broaden exemptions to a rule that requires employers to provide health insurance for contraception.

ACLU Lens: Addressing Sexual Assault in the Military

ACLU Lens: Addressing Sexual Assault in the Military

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 2:11pm

Today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear that reducing assault and providing adequate care to victims would be a top priority.

The New York Times Highlights ACLU's Religious Freedom Work in Public Schools

The New York Times Highlights ACLU's Religious Freedom Work in Public Schools

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:29pm

Contrary to what you might see elsewhere on the Internet, the ACLU is not trying to eliminate religion from public schools.

ACLU Lens: Using Religion as an Excuse for Discrimination

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:21pm

This week, the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops is holding its annual meeting in Baltimore. The bishops are the lobbying arm of the Catholic church, and they hold substantial sway over lawmakers. But instead of focusing on issues like poverty…

ACLU Lens: Sex-Segregated Education Will Not Cure Our Ailing Schools

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 4:47pm

Galen Sherwin of the ACLU Women's Rights Project was recently featured in the New York Times' Online Room for Debate discussing the drawbacks to sex-segregated education in public schools. Galen's essay was one of seven featured in the debate,…

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