Blog of Rights

Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 11:12am
Right now we are in a storm of contested rights, as businesses and institutions across the country ask for express legal permission to use religion to discriminate based on sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity.
Photography Businesses Don’t Have a First Amendment Right to Discriminate

Photography Businesses Don’t Have a First Amendment Right to Discriminate

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 10:14am

Today the Supreme Court turned away a photography business's claim that it had a First Amendment right to break New Mexico public accommodations law and discriminate against gay customers.

No court has ever held that a business has a First…

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Police Hide Use of Cell Phone Tracker From Courts Because Manufacturer Asked

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 9:01am

It appears that at least one police department in Florida has failed to tell judges about its use of a cell phone tracking device because the department got the device on loan and promised the manufacturer to keep it all under wraps. But when police…

"I'm a Boy, so Why Won't My School Allow Me to Use the Boys' Bathroom?"

"I'm a Boy, so Why Won't My School Allow Me to Use the Boys' Bathroom?"

By Gavin Grimm at 2:44pm

In the summer of my freshman year I got the courage to tell my mother something that I had known for a long time. I told her that I was a boy. She had nothing but love and support for me.

By the time school started, I was ready to go back as…

After Ferguson, U.N. Calls on U.S. to Get Its Act Together on Race Discrimination

After Ferguson, U.N. Calls on U.S. to Get Its Act Together on Race Discrimination

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:06pm

In the last several weeks, the state of Missouri has captured news headlines around the globe: first, with reports coming out of Ferguson of yet another unarmed African-American young man shot and killed by police, and then with accounts of a violent…

Krystin Polk (L) and her mother, Krystal (R)

How a Special Needs Kid Gets Handcuffed and Thrown in Jail "For Her Own Good"

By Carmel Ferrer at 10:55am

Like nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorder, Krystin Polk regularly attempts to wander from supervised, safe places such as her home or school.

The 13-year-old is enrolled at the Magnolia School for special education students…

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We're All Losers After the Supreme Court's Decision in Schuette

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 10:35am

There are many individuals and groups in Michigan who lost as a result of yesterday's United States Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Schuette is widely misunderstood as being a case about affirmative…

2+2=5? Why South Carolina's Creationism Compromise Doesn't Add Up

2+2=5? Why South Carolina's Creationism Compromise Doesn't Add Up

By Carrie Ellen Sager, PFRB Legal Fellow, ACLU at 4:45pm

Politicians in South Carolina don't have a great track record with science...

660 Gasps for Breath, Then Death

660 Gasps for Breath, Then Death

By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 1:16pm

We still don't know where the drugs came from.

We know they used midazolam and hydromorphone. We know the combination was experimental. And now we know that instead of working, the drugs took nearly two hours to kill Joseph Wood, as he snorted…

Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border

Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 1:28pm

There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day.

Three-quarters of these kids ­– some as young as four – are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and the "murder capital" of the world, Honduras.…