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Rights groups challenge Arkansas voter ID law
April 18, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a complaint Wednesday in Arkansas state court challenging the constitutionality of the state's voter ID law. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Republican-led Arkansas legislature, requires that Arkansas residents....... [more]

ACLU files lawsuit challenging North Carolina same-sex marriage ban
April 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday seeking recognition of marriage from the state of North Carolina for three married, same-sex couples. In each couple, one member has a serious medical condition, and North Carolina's s....... [more]

Federal judge allows challenge to death penalty secrecy to continue
April 5, 2014
On Thursday a federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ordered that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may continue, despite the state's objection. The lawsuit is challenging a bill intended to protect the identities of individuals who pr....... [more]

Wolf v. Walker: Fighting for Marriage throughout the Midwest
April 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been f....... [more]

Mississippi lawmakers approve 'religious freedom' bill
April 2, 2014
Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, pursuant to which the state would be prohibited from taking action that "burdens" a citizen's right to religious exercise if Governor Phil Bryant signs the measure into law. The law defines "burden" as includ....... [more]

Alabama federal judge to hold trial on abortion law
March 31, 2014
Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama announced on Monday that he would hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The Women's Health and Safety Act, which was signed into law last Ap....... [more]

Is Dragnet Surveillance Constitutional?
March 26, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explains the constitutional issues surrounding dragnet surveillance and why the ACLU and others are correct in challenging the broad surveillance...Ever since Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's (NSA) swe....... [more]

Arizona court rules in favor of medicinal marijuana extracts
March 23, 2014
The Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday ruled that Arizonans may use marijuana extracts for medical conditions. The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the lawsuit in October on behalf of the Welton family seeking a declaration that the marijuana derivative used....... [more]

ACLU challenges Indiana same-sex marriage ban
March 16, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Friday against the state of Indiana challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages and its refusal to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. The lawsuit, one of three filed this month in attempts to overturn Indiana's....... [more]

Maine Median Strip Ordinance Unconstitutional
March 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cu....... [more]

ACLU files lawsuit challenging Florida's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages
March 14, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of eight same-sex couples against Florida challenging the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northe....... [more]


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