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What Went Wrong with the Case of Francisco Lopez-Sanchez

The city of San Francisco’s immigration policies aren’t to blame for the death of Kate Steinle. The tragic shooting of Kate Steinle in San Francisco has focused national attention on why her accused assailant, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was released from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s custody in April and not deported. Show More Summary

North Carolina Is Making It Harder for People to Vote, and We’re Pushing Back

Today we begin trial in our challenge to the “most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades.” Today trial begins in our challenge to the North Carolina Voter Information and Verification Act of 2013, which election law expert Richard...Show More Summary

VICTORY! Federal Judge Deep-Sixes Arizona’s Ridiculously Overbroad ‘Nude Photo’ Law

The unconstitutional law did a lot more than criminalize “revenge porn.” Arizona is a little bit freer today. With a federal court’s approval, we successfully settled our lawsuit over the state law that made our clients — booksellers,...Show More Summary

Happily Ever After: Religious Freedom Prevails at Walt Disney World

When Gurdit Singh was offered a job in 2008 as a mail carrier at Walt Disney World, he was thrilled. On his first day, however, it quickly became apparent that his new job might not be the path to happily ever after he had imagined. Singh,...Show More Summary

I’m a Christian Minister, and Here’s Why I Opposed Oklahoma’s Official Ten Commandments Display

In the wake of the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling to remove the Ten Commandments monument erected at the state capitol, some have characterized the decision as anti-Christian or anti-religion. To the surprise of many, I am an ordained Baptist minister who joined the ACLU lawsuit as a plaintiff challenging the Ten Commandments display. Show More Summary

After Obergefell, What the LGBT Movement Still Needs to Achieve

Now that the ACLU has helped win the freedom to marry nationwide through Obergefell v. Hodges, everyone wants to know: what’s next for the LGBT movement? So here’s our take on what the movement still needs to achieve.  Winning civilShow More Summary

The Death Penalty Has an Innocence Problem — and Its Days Are Numbered

The demise of the death penalty is upon us. While the Supreme Court ruled this week to allow the continued use of a controversial lethal injection drug, Justice Stephen Breyer’s sweeping dissent invited the nation to question capital punishment’s constitutionality. Show More Summary

NYPD Needs More Than Rainbows to Show its Support for LGBT Rights

When the Supreme Court ruled for full marriage equality Friday, the New York Police Department joined the ACLU and the throngs of other groups that turned their logos rainbow. But that support of the LGBT community does not extend to...Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against Partisan Gerrymandering

On Monday the United States Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in  Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which preserved a vital weapon against partisan gerrymandering, a practice which artificially...Show More Summary

1 Year After Hobby Lobby, 5 Ways Religion Has Been Used to Discriminate

A year ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby didn’t have to include birth control in its employees’ health insurance because of religious objections. Employees from Hobby Lobby and other corporations left without coverage...Show More Summary

Gay? Have a Disability? Can’t Provide Evidence of Salvation? Colorado Voucher Schools Discriminated on Religious Grounds. State Supreme Court Says Not on the Government’s Dime.

So-called “school choice” advocates claim that vouchers provide needed educational options for all students. But a pilot program offered by the Douglas County School District in Colorado shows that private school vouchers not only violate...Show More Summary

A Mostly Blissful Marriage State of the Union

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or got lost under a mountain of glitter, you know that on Friday the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples looking to tie the knot may do so in all 50 states. I was proud to...Show More Summary

2 Sneaky Ways Women’s Rights Are Being Threatened Right Now

The House has been hard at work in recent weeks passing spending bills to fund the government — but it's no secret that these bills are about more than just setting funding levels. As has been the case historically, these bills are a chance for Congress to show the American people where its priorities really lie. Show More Summary

Take Down the Confederate Flag? Of Course, but Cure the Disorder That Caused It to Be Raised in the First Place

We have witnessed the removal of the Confederate battle flag from some state houses and may see it removed from more, if not all, of the states in which it continues to fly. The total removal of the flag, whenever it occurs, will be grotesquely belated. Show More Summary

June 26th: A Historic Day for Equality

June 26, 2015. Twelve years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down bans on sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas. Two years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor. Today,Show More Summary

Why Today Was a Battle Won in the War Against Racial Discrimination

We’re living in a tale of two Americas, where racial segregation and racial disparities in housing continue to plague our nation. A report we released this week outlines just how disadvantaged future generations of Black Americans will be because of predatory lending practices that disproportionately targeted people of color. Show More Summary

Can Congress Stand Up Against Voter Suppression?

Two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down key protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County case. That disastrous decision took away the Department of Justice's primary tool for reviewing potentially discriminatory...Show More Summary

100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture

This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture, which is categorically prohibited under...Show More Summary

Justice Kennedy Says Make My Day on Solitary

This piece originally appeared at Solitary Watch. In March, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee when he received a question on prison overcrowding. He responded with a sweeping condemnation of the American prison system. Show More Summary

The Progress We've Made Is Vulnerable, Unless We Act to Protect Future Generations

The distance between my position as an ACLU lawyer and my mother working in the fields of South Carolina in the 1920s seems enormous. My parents were able to claw their way into the middle class by taking advantage of a GI Bill loan, earned through my father's service in the segregated army of World War II, and by both of them working hard. Show More Summary

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