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Golden Opportunity From the Golden State

Hans Johnson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.

ACLU Urges Judge To Quickly Overturn State's Gay Marriage Ban

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same...

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...

Meet The Winners Of The ACLU's Big Gay (Il)Legal Wedding Contest

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of it...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republicans Must Turn Over Emails On North Carolina Voting Law, Federal Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any race-related emails that North Carolina Republicans may have sent in connection with the voter restrictions they passed last summer ...

Simon McCormack

The U.S. Is The Only Country in The World That Does This

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 03.28.2014 | Crime

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles -- individuals younger than 18 years old -- to life in prison without paro...

The Salvation Army's White-Flag Surrender to Secularism

Dan Arel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

This week the Salvation Army caved, and a settlement has been reached that upholds the separation of church and state and will no longer allow the organization to hold those they serve or those they employee to any religious standards while receiving taxpayer dollars.

How Racist Is Marijuana Prohibition In Your State?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

The ACLU released a new tool on Tuesday, allowing users to track the racial disparity and frequency of marijuana arrests across the U.S., as well as t...

ACLU Sues To Overturn Idaho 'Ag Gag' Law

Reuters | Laura Zuckerman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green

SALMON, Idaho, March 17 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho on Monday asked a federal judge to strike down a state law it says v...

The Right to Be Wrong

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The Seattle Archdiocese has a constitutional right to impose Catholic teachings in church-run schools. I disagree with those teachings, but I also respect and cherish the First Amendment.

Judge Asked To Order Utah To Recognize Gay Marriages

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, March 12 (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage ...

Snowden's Lawyer: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka

Michael Winship | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

"All of this stuff was classified. Not just classified; it was classified at the highest level. These were the secrets that the government said were most critical to keep. But what kind of democracy would we be if the public had never learned of this information?"

Immigration Agency Should Live Up to Its Promise

Michael Kaufman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Kaufman

When is a promise not a promise? That's what Luciano Sandoval is asking after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) broke its pledge to stop arresting individuals at Kern County, California courthouses.

DOJ Wants To Keep Phone Records Longer

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking to preserve the bulk collection of telephone records beyond five years because it's being sued a...

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

Homeland Security Drops Plan To Collect License Tag Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the governm...

Federal Gov't Wants Access To License Plate Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is proposing that a private company give it access to a nationwide database of license plate trac...

They've Done Their Time, Now Let Them Vote

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Hector Villagra

Society is much more secure when all people feel they are fully part of it. If we want formerly incarcerated Californians to be good citizens, we need to convince them that they are a part of society, too.

Why We Entered the ACLU's 'My Big, Gay, (Il)legal Wedding' Contest

Megan Smith | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Megan Smith

By sponsoring a national contest like this, the ACLU has raised awareness around issues regarding the freedom to marry by showing how marriage equality has a real impact on people like us. Now couples all over the country are starting conversations about why marriage equality matters.

The Anti-Gay-Marriage Argument That Just Won't Die (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-02-10-AFER2014210vidsmall.pngIt's a mystery why anti-gay lawyers keep using this tactic, since it's failed in one court after another.

Why Are There So Few Women Behind the Camera?

Melissa Goodman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Melissa Goodman

According to the Directors Guild of America (DGA), women directed only 14 percent of TV episodes last year. Of the 200 shows the DGA analyzed, 38 didn't hire a single woman.

ACLU Sues Scott Walker, Challenges Wisconsin's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Four same-sex couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state top administration offici...

Terror Suspect Challenges NSA Surveillance Program

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — Using evidence obtained under the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program violates a terror suspect's constitution...

Gay Couple Seeking Parenting Rights Joins Lawsuit Against State

AP | By BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge's decision to overturn Utah's same-sex marriage ban allowed Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner to do more than ju...

I Live in a State that Respects Women. And Sadly, that's Unique.

Melissa Goodman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Melissa Goodman

I live and work in the magical land of California, which last year, had the notable distinction of being the only state in the nation to buck this ugly trend, stand up for women and actually expand a woman's access to abortion.