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Nebraska recently made national headlines when someone filed a lawsuit here against all "homosexuals." While this lawsuit is clearly bunk and has already been dismissed, as a Nebraskan who is fighting for equal treatment of LGBT people...Show More Summary

If You Care About the American Dream, You Should Care About Neighborhood Inequality

A new study released this week and explored in depth in The New York Times shows what  civil rights advocates have long known: in raising children, as in real estate, location is (nearly) everything. By examining data about poor children...Show More Summary

Home Health Care Workers Aren’t Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Are the Reason Why

Ever since the New Deal era, U.S. labor laws guaranteeing minimum wages and overtime pay have excluded workers who care for elderly individuals and people with disabilities in their homes. These home health care workers — 90 percentShow More Summary

The McConnell Surveillance Flip-Flop

Spring may have finally arrived in D.C., but Senator McConnell isn't being called a flip-flopper for his footwear. Last month, in the face of a strong developing consensus in favor of significant reform, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) joined Sen. Show More Summary

Flip the Patriot Act's Kill Switch

This piece originally appeared at Slate. Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which the National Security Agency has used for more than a decade to collect the call records of hundreds of millions of Americans, is scheduled to expire in four weeks. Show More Summary

Flowers Are Still Better Than Bullets 45 Years After the Kent State Massacre

Below is a speech in commemoration of the 45 th anniversary of the 1970 killings of four Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. The speech was delivered by the sister of Allison Krause, one of the victims. Thank you...Show More Summary

Transgender Equality Is Not the Post-Marriage Fight of the LGBT Movement

The past few weeks have been pivotal for conversations about LGBT people in the public discourse. Just days after Olympian Bruce Jenner announced to Diane Sawyer and 17 million viewers that he is a woman, leading gay rights advocateShow More Summary

All Eyes on Justice Kennedy

In cases as divided and important as the marriage cases, it is almost always difficult to get a good sense of how the justices will rule just from listening to the oral arguments. But I came away mostly hopeful from Tuesday's oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Show More Summary

Sheriff Joe Must Go

This piece originally appeared in The Arizona Republic. It's been seven years since the ACLU first challenged Maricopa County Sheriff's Office policies targeting Latino motorists. We confirmed during last week's contempt hearing against...Show More Summary

A Picture of Torture Is Worth a Thousand Reports

One photo shows an Iraqi teenager bound and standing in the headlights of a truck immediately after his mock execution, staged by U.S. soldiers. Another shows a group of soldiers forcing a detainee to look at pictures of lingerie-clad women. Show More Summary

2 State Bars Have Done the Right Thing for New Moms Needing to Pump. We’re Making Sure the 48 Left Do Too.

When Kristin Pagano came to the ACLU after being denied accommodations to pump breast milk during the Illinois bar exam, we decided to take action on her behalf. After the ACLU of Illinois sent a letter to the Illinois Board of Admissions...Show More Summary

"I Never Thought This Would Happen, and Certainly Not So Fast!"

Larry Ysunza met his partner Tim Love in 1980 and told his mother that very day that he had met the man he was going to marry. Thirty-five years later, Larry and Tim are among the plaintiffs in the marriage cases that the Supreme Court will hear today. Show More Summary

Many Drone Deaths, Little Information

This was originally published by USA Today. Is it lawful for the government to use armed drones to strike at suspected terrorists and militants? Yes, in some circumstances it is. The question isn't whether, but when. U.S. drone strikes have killed thousands, including hundreds of civilians. Show More Summary

Why I Am Afraid of the Bathroom

As a transgender person, I don’t take small things for granted. I appreciate the store clerk who calls me “sir,” my colleagues who don’t struggle with my name or pronouns, and most important to my daily routine, I appreciate every uneventful...Show More Summary

‘One Thing You Can Say for the War on Drugs … Is We Gave It a Fair Shot’

It’s nearly 10:00 a.m. one Friday in late February, and I’m getting antsy. The British journalist Johann Hari was supposed to be here by now to talk about his new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” We’ve had plans to meet a few times before, but Hari had to cancel twice because of conflicts due to his U.S. Show More Summary

Shifting Deadlines, Shifty Numbers: The Pentagon’s Messy Process for Removing the Ban on Women in Combat

More than two years ago, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced on live television that he was doing away with the Pentagon's outdated ban on assigning women to combat units and jobs. The announcement followed the 2012 lawsuit that we brought against him on behalf of four women who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Show More Summary

Me and My Two Dads

My two dads taught me everything I know about love and family. And now we're ready to show the rest of America what it means because many people don't realize that marriage bans affect kids and families – not just same-sex couples. Next week, my family will drive from Kentucky to Washington, D.C., to go before the Supreme Court. Show More Summary

There Is No ‘Suspected Terrorist Activity’ Exception to the Constitution

This piece originally appeared at  When Frontier Airlines Flight 623 landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on September 11, 2011, the only thing on Shoshana Hebshi’s mind was getting home to her family in Ohio after visiting...Show More Summary

Congress Just Launched Its First Strike Against Women and LGBT People Under the Guise of Defending Religious Liberty.

The U.S. House of Representatives is working hard to legitimize discrimination against gay and transgender people and women. And it's using religious liberty as its smokescreen. That's why leaders in movements for LGBT equality, reproductive...Show More Summary

The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act

This piece originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Not long after the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, I had dinner with the late Senator Paul Wellstone in Washington, who was a stalwart defender of civil liberties throughout his career. Show More Summary

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