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Iowa Continues Tradition as Civil Rights Pioneer

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:31am
Earlier today, the seven justices of the Iowa Supreme Court continued the state’s long history of pioneering civil rights by striking down a state law prohibiting same-sex marriages. In a unanimous decision, the Court declared that it was unconstitutional to bar gay and lesbian couples from marriage and ordered the state to grant same-sex couples the ability to marry.
ACLU Lens: Wal-Mart, Gender Discrimination, and Class Actions

ACLU Lens: Wal-Mart, Gender Discrimination, and Class Actions

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:30pm

Dukes v. Wal-Mart is a gender discrimination lawsuit currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, which is the largest civil rights class action suit in U.S. history, seeks compensation for women employed by Wal-Mart who claim that they…

Louisiana to Vote on Parole for Elderly Prisoners Friday

Louisiana to Vote on Parole for Elderly Prisoners Friday

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:38pm

On Friday, Louisiana’s H.B. 138, which would give inmates age 60 and older the right to have a hearing before a parole board to determine whether they could be safely released, heads to the Senate floor. This bill addresses an ongoing problem…

What's the Most Sexist Thing You've Heard At Work?

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:42pm

Our post about the ongoing sex discrimination class action against Wal-Mart — Women: Do You Work Just for the Sake of Working? — generated an overwhelming response. The stories of women involved in the case, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, struck a…

An Adoption, 33 Years in the Making

An Adoption, 33 Years in the Making

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 6:14pm

Earlier today, Martin Gill, his partner and the two young boys they've been foster parenting for the last six years participated in an adoption ceremony in Judge Cindy Lederman's chambers in Miami-Dade County Juvenile Court.

Adoptions happen…

Homeland Security Wants to See You Naked

Homeland Security Wants to See You Naked

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 3:31pm

Yesterday, in a guest opinion column for USA Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made a plea to the American public to cooperate with the Transportation Security Agency's (TSA) efforts to virtually strip-search air travelers…

State Legislative Round-Up: Youth & Schools and Transgender

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:10pm

Just as the school year ended, Oregon passed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to its anti-bullying law, becoming the seventh state to specifically protect LGBT students from harassment. One month later, North Carolina…

Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:16pm

Today we've launched a Facebook app that assesses your privacy exposure based on your online habits and technology use.

Honoring Courage Seven Years After Abu Ghraib

Honoring Courage Seven Years After Abu Ghraib

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 10:35am

To mark the seventh anniversary of the publication of photographs that exposed torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, the New York Times published an ACLU/PEN American Center op-ed today honoring those who stood up against the torture policies…

A Display That Opposes the ACLU? We Wouldn't Object!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:42pm
The voting rights panel from the ACLU's 90th Anniversary exhibit.

The latest manufactured non-troversy comes to us from Iowa, where some…

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