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Steven Eugene Washington, Unarmed Autistic Man, Killed By LAPD

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A fatal weekend police shooting of an unarmed man who family members say was autistic prompted the American Civil Liberties Union ...

Constance McMillen Prom Lawsuit Heard By Court: Lesbian Teen Wants School Dance For All

AP | SHELIA BYRD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABERDEEN, Miss. — Mississippi officials who canceled a prom after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend told a federal judge Monday th...

From Sharpeville to Selma: Ongoing Struggles for Equality

Chandra Bhatnagar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chandra Bhatnagar

Fifty years ago yesterday, in the township of Sharpeville in South Africa, thousands of black South Africans peacefully demonstrated against racist ...

Segregating HIV Positive Inmates Is Medically Unjustified and Hinders Rehabilitation

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

As the ACLU points out, prisons throughout the US are able to give medical care for HIV without forcing inmates to give up their right to privacy and freedom from discrimination.

The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kety Esquivel

(Originally posted on Yes Magazine) Earlier this month, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the nation in support of immigrati...

A Bittersweet Moment

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Late on Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent no less, a long-overdue bill that will help to reform one of the most egreg...

The Big Lie About Guantánamo Lawyers

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

The recent attacks on lawyers who have worked on behalf of Guantánamo detainees have employed the tactic of the "Big Lie"—tha...

Three Major Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against Arizona Immigration Law

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX -- Major civil rights group filed a new lawsuit Monday in an effort to block Arizona's upcoming law targeting illegal immigration. The Ameri...

State Department To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strikes. Let's hope that moment comes soon.

California Prof In Hot Water For Anti-Gay Remarks

The Rampage | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Fresno City College authorities found that Dr. Brad Lopez, a health instructor, "engaged in conduct that could result in the creation of a hostile lea...

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part Two: The Supreme Court

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

2013 may seem like a long way off to the folks who brought the San Francisco marriage case. But in terms of making the kind of progress that might help us win at the Supreme Court, it's tomorrow.

Jene Newsome Discharged: Rapid City Police Told Air Force That Sergeant Was Lesbian

AP | TIMBERLY ROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discha...

School Cancels Prom Because Girl Wants To Bring Her Girlfriend, Wear A Tux

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Constance McMillen wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date to her prom. And she wanted to wear a tuxedo. Consequently, Itawamba County School District has decided to not host a prom this year.

The New Jim Crow

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The ACLU plans to challenge the constitutionality of the law in court, believing it is state-sanctioned racial profiling. The law will only make the rampant racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona worse than ever.

Mississippi School SUED For Canceling Prom over lesbian student

AP | SHELIA BYRD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JACKSON, Miss. — A lesbian student who wanted to take her girlfriend to her senior prom is asking a federal judge to force her Mississippi schoo...

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part One: Possible Outcomes

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

Several people have asked me questions recently about the marriage case in federal court in San Francisco (the case brought by Ted Olson and David Boi...

Mississippi Prom Canceled After Lesbian Date Request

AP | SHELIA BYRD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JACKSON, Miss. — A northern Mississippi school district decided Wednesday not to host a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded she be...

Anti-Gay Marriage Legal "Ministry" Wants to Represent CA County in Prop 8 Trial

Tom Pfingsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tom Pfingsten

In December, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors decided to throw its hat in the ring as a defendant in Perry vs. Schwarzenegger.

Supreme Court Lets Stand Order To Remove Ten Commandments Monument

Yahoo! News | Warren Richey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a dispute over the placement of a Ten Commandments monument outside a county courthouse in Oklahoma...

Sex-Segregated Education on Trial Today

Lenora M. Lapidus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lenora M. Lapidus

It is quite startling that many people who would never consider segregation based on race or religion in a public school would accept sex segregation.

Newark Residents Have Zero Tolerance for Police Corruption

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

Cory Booker's "zero tolerance for corruption," as he put it in a press statement, should apply to lawless officers running rampant in the city as well as administration appointees on the take.

"Think Str8" by Rob Deez

Justin Hudnall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Hudnall

Personifying the tragically underrepresented perspective of gay-friendly straight dudes everywhere, Rob Deez brings us his original battle song for marriage equality, "Think Str8."

A Letter from Behind Bars on President's Day

Hamedah Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamedah Hasan

As much as I am cheering -- even from behind prison bars -- for a reform in the federal laws, I don't want to fall through the cracks. I still have a lot of living, mothering and giving to do.

Nick George Detained Over Arabic Flashcards, Suing Police (VIDEO)

Raw Story | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a college student who was arrested by the TSA and detained for five hours over a set of Arabic-language flas...

Pro-Choice License Plate Advocated In Virginia: Supporters Threaten Lawsuit

AP | By DENA POTTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. -- Abortion-rights advocates have been unable to halt the "Choose Life" license plate variations in nearly two-dozen states, so now they...