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Aloha Marriage!

Aloha Marriage!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 6:06pm
Today the Hawaii Senate cast the final vote needed to advance the marriage bill to the desk of the governor, who will sign in the next day or two, sealing Hawaii's position as the 16th state with the freedom to marry. This brings to a close an intense two-and-a-half week special session, which included the longest hearing in Hawaii's legislative history (over 55 hours of testimony were heard by the House Judiciary and Finance Committees). And this is the culmination of a more than 20-year journey, which began in 1990 when three couples filed a lawsuit seeking marriage equality. While the lead plaintiff in that lawsuit, Ninia Baehr, now lives in Montana (where she is the deputy director of the ACLU of Montana, continuing her work for LGBT rights), today's historic vote will have a deep impact on couples across the state of Hawaii, a few of whom have shared their stories here.
Three New Marriage States in Two Weeks – All Eyes Are On You, Illinois!

Three New Marriage States in Two Weeks – All Eyes Are On You, Illinois!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 10:34am

Yesterday, Minnesota became the 12th state in the country to approve a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. This comes on the heels of Rhode Island and Delaware approving freedom to marry laws in the last two weeks, and historic victories at the…

Election Day for Marriage: What’s at Stake

Election Day for Marriage: What’s at Stake

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 12:53pm

America goes to the polls today, and as we all know, there is a great deal at stake – from ballot measures on an array of civil liberties issues, to congressional seats, to the make-up of state legislatures, and of course, the presidency.

Ratify CEDAW. For Our Daughters.

Ratify CEDAW. For Our Daughters.

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 5:56pm

I was three months old when the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on December 18, 1979. Though I was happily unaware of both the discrimination that women and girls…

First Ever Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Becomes Law

By Rahul Saksena, New York Civil Liberties Union & Selene Kaye, ACLU at 4:48pm

Earlier today, New York Gov. David Paterson signed the first law ever in the United States to give domestic workers the same protections that most other workers have enjoyed for decades. The enactment of the New York Domestic Workers Bill of…

Who Owns Your Genes? You Do.

Who Owns Your Genes? You Do.

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 5:18pm

On Monday, federal district court Judge Robert Sweet made history by issuing the first ruling ever that human genes can’t be patented.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has been issuing patents on human genes for over 20 years,…

Revaluing "Women's Work:" Ending the Exploitation and Abuse of Domestic Workers

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 2:02pm

A reminder to those of you in the New York area to join us tomorrow at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women for a film screening and discussion about the human rights of domestic workers.

For decades, nannies, caregivers, and housekeepers…

First Federal Court Hearing on Whether Human Genes Should Be Patented

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 3:35pm
Plaintiffs, experts, and the ACLU and PUBPAT legal team outside the courthouse. Back row, from left to right: Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT; Robert Nussbaum, University of California,…

Support for International Women’s Rights Treaty from Ambassador to the U.N.

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 5:57pm

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued a terrific statement today on the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

CEDAW is the international…

“An Environment Which Fosters the Health, Self-Respect and Dignity of the Child”

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 11:50am

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children’s rights. The convention has been ratified by nearly every country in the world, except for the United States. The…

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