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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.
The Maps, They Are A-Changin'

The Maps, They Are A-Changin'

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 4:29pm

This week, when Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that brought civil unions to Illinois, I got to color my home state yellow, and it made my whole week.

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post about making maps. ‘Cause…

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…

75 Years Queer

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 1:48pm

Last week, in Clovis, New Mexico, the local school district announced that it had approved students' application for a gay-straight alliance (GSA). High school senior Steven De Los Santos had first applied for permission to form the club in…

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…

We Have a Winner in our Prom Action Logo Contest!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 1:56pm

The response to our call for logo designs was amazing!  We were floored by the number of really amazing designs we received.  But, in the end, we had to choose a winner...  And we have!

From over 300 designs, we narrowed it down…

Whether You Occupy or Tea Party, Know Your Rights!

Whether You Occupy or Tea Party, Know Your Rights!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:17pm

We've released a new Know Your Rights guide to demonstrations and protests, which covers where you can march, when the government can require permits and more.

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: A Wholly Avoidable Health Care Crisis

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: A Wholly Avoidable Health Care Crisis

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:42pm

We here at the ACLU fear that there is a senseless, needless and wholly avoidable health care crisis coming, one that will impact the lives of clients we've come to care about very much. Clients like Valerie, who has suffered from daily grand mal…

Valentines from the New York Times and NYCLU

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 9:58pm

New York is celebrating Valentine’s Day by pushing for the right to marry for same-sex couples. Just a few weeks after a fantastic piece outlining the struggle for marriage rights – and quoting the ACLU LGBT Project’s very own James…

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…

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