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Christopher E. Anders
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Christopher E. Anders is the senior legislative counsel in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office. He represents the ACLU in lobbying Congress and the executive branch on lesbian and gay rights, the faith-based initiative, conflicts between religious claims and civil rights, fair housing, oversight of federal civil rights enforcement, restoration of civil rights protections eroded by the courts, hate crimes and HIV/AIDS issues.

Anders has worked on protections against sexual orientation discrimination in the federal workplace, in private employment, in marriage and adoption law, in immigration and on college campuses. Anders has had a critical role in stopping harmful legislation such as the Federal Marriage Amendment and the Marriage Protection Act. He also helped draft and develop legislative strategies for several bills that would advance legal protections of same-sex couples.

Anders has also led numerous fights against legislation and regulations that would harm the civil liberties of people with HIV/AIDS. Those efforts resulted in significant revamping of regulations on HIV testing, the reporting of names of HIV-positive people, partner tracing of HIV-positive people, as well as a complete revision of the CDC-recommended model for state public health privacy code.

For his work on gay rights issues, the Gay and Lesbian Attorneys of Washington awarded Anders its distinguished national service award in 2001.

Anders received his B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary’s School of Law in 1991.

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Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances

(7) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Whatever you may think of the harms carried out by the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the fear of ISIS is now creating a double threat to our system of checks and balances. We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough...

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Happy Anniversary, CIA! 12 Years of Lawlessness!

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Wow. Twelve years. The time has flown by. Seems like just yesterday that the Justice Department sent over its torture memos to then-CIA General Counsel John Rizzo, ramping up a CIA torture program that horribly abused more than a hundred men, killing a few of them. No one at the...

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Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans

(26) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 10:17 AM

Maybe you spent the last weekend shopping for gifts, writing out holiday cards or studying for final exams. For most of America, the end of the year is a busy time. In Congress, this is a season usually spent trying to jam through bad bills while they hope no one...

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ACLU Keeps Pressure on Mukasey to Call Waterboarding What It Is: Torture

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2007 | 9:48 PM

Judge Michael Mukasey's nomination for attorney general is no longer on the rocks, but the process is still a long, rocky road.

Late last week, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced their decision that they would vote to move Mukasey's nomination out of the Senate...

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Kennedy/Smith Bill Protects Civil Rights and Free Speech

(20) Comments | Posted July 17, 2007 | 6:01 PM

If the Senate votes this week to support a Kennedy-Smith hate crimes amendment to the Defense Department authorization bill, it will take another step towards fixing a long festering problem.

Almost 10 years have passed since the bias-motivated murders of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, two young men...

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