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"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, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP against the government after the death of her spouse and partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer. 
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…

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.

ACLU Executive Director Featured in New HBO Documentary

ACLU Executive Director Featured in New HBO Documentary

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 10:54am

Our own Anthony D. Romero joins notable names in entertainment, science, politics and sports who are profiled in The Latino List, a documentary and multimedia initiative presented by HBO. The documentary and accompanying book and photo exhibit…

Church, State and LGBT Rights: ACLU's Daniel Mach Appears on In The Life

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 2:19pm

This month's installment of the documentary television program In the Life features our own Daniel Mach of the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. Each month, In the Life highlights an issue of importance to the LGBT community. Dan was asked…

Respecting Women's Decisions

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 4:45pm

On Wednesday, a federal judge sensibly blocked a Nebraska law that not only would have placed unnecessary obstacles in front of women seeking abortions, but also demonstrated a profoundly patronizing view of women who decide that abortion is the…

Mojave Cross: The Fight Goes On

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 3:15pm

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in the case Salazar vs. Buono — concerning a cross in the Mojave National Preserve that has been designated as a national memorial — wasn’t quite what we were hoping for, but was also encouraging…

Pen Pals: The Attorney General and the Kentucky Senator

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:52pm

As you know there has been a lot of politically-motivated criticism of the Obama administration for holding Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in federal custody. This week, Attorney General Eric Holder responded to that criticism with…

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