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The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am
Like millions of Americans, President Obama doesn't think it makes a lot of sense to fire an employee or force her to take unpaid leave because she's six months pregnant and needs a stool to sit on while working the cash register.
Ruling In Horrific LGBT Bullying Case Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Congress To Finally Pass SNDA

Ruling In Horrific LGBT Bullying Case Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Congress To Finally Pass SNDA

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 4:04pm

A 13-year-old boy named Jon Carmichael killed himself during spring break in 2010.

According to a civil rights lawsuit brought by his parents, a few days before Jon killed himself, football players at his middle school in northern Texas had…

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:08pm

Some of America's most vulnerable workers are victims of modern-day slavery, and the government knows it. What's worse: These workers are protecting U.S. military and economic interests – but the U.S. isn't protecting them.

In its annual…

Pentagon Says Uncovering the Truth about Military Sexual Violence Is Too Burdensome. Huh?

Pentagon Says Uncovering the Truth about Military Sexual Violence Is Too Burdensome. Huh?

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:21am

It's often said that people should be judged by their actions, not merely their words. The same is true of institutions, even the Department of Defense (DoD).

Facing intense criticism for how it responds to sexual violence within the military,…

Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe.

Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe.

By Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:24pm

Read the article at The Daily Beast.

Today, abortion is an extremely safe procedure with a safety record of over 99 percent. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are putting the pedal to the metal in states across the country to keep it this…

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

By Leo Morales, Interim Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho at 8:18pm

With the flurry of court decisions striking down marriage bans for same-sex couples around the country, you might've missed the story coming out of Pocatello, Idaho, but it's a biggie.

Voters- in a largely Republican primary- in a small, conservative…

"Busy Boys, Little Ladies" - Wait, What Decade Are We In Again?

"Busy Boys, Little Ladies" - Wait, What Decade Are We In Again?

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:36pm

Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida, signed legislation earlier this week that would provide professional development for teachers in "single-gender" classrooms.

This may sound innocuous — Who doesn't want better-trained teachers?

But…

Jessica Lenahan

A Mother Who Won't Be Denied Truth and Justice

By Sarah Spears, Program Fellow, ACLU of Colorado & John Krieger, Communications and Outreach Director, ACLU of Colorado at 2:21pm

In the wake of horrible tragedy, solace is often found in knowing that the truth will be sought, and justice will be delivered.

For the last 15 years, Jessica Lenahan, who lost her three daughters in a domestic violence incident, has been denied…

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00pm

Forty years ago today, "Battling Bella" Abzug, a member of Congress from New York and a trailblazer for women, introduced a bill to protect gay people from discrimination for the first time in American history. The Equality Act of 1974 would have banned…

A Campus Free of Fear

A Campus Free of Fear

By Ramya S., ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:01am

As summer approaches, young people around the country are celebrating graduations and planning for exciting new beginnings in the fall – a new school year, perhaps a transition to middle or high school, or a move onto a college campus. These transitions…