Update on the U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage Jan. 16, 2015

Update on the U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage Jan. 16, 2015

January 16, 2015 Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow marriage equality for same-sex couples. The Court's announcement makes it likely that this question...

Yes, officer's license plate can say

Yes, officer's license plate can say "0INK"

We live in a society where we often assert our individuality in small ways—whether it's holding a sign on a street corner, posting our opinion on a blog, or stringing together some letters to make a...

ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of...

Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule

Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule

January 27, 2015 MY VIEW: Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule This is awkward. Awkward...

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Obama will announce a package of executive actions that could temporarily shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants...

ACLU of Indiana Wins Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood Health Care Centers

ACLU of Indiana Wins Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood Health Care Centers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014 Judge says State cannot alter the definition of "abortion clinic" or single out health centers in Lafayette, Bloomington, Merrillville and Indianapolis...

Marriage VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Case

Marriage VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMon., Oct. 6, 2014 Indianapolis – Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear same-sex marriage cases from Indiana and four other states, making it possible for Hoosier...

  • Update on the U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage Jan. 16, 2015

  • Yes, officer's license plate can say "0INK"

  • ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

  • Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule

  • ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

  • ACLU of Indiana Wins Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood Health Care Centers

  • Marriage VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule

January 27, 2015

MY VIEW: Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule

This is awkward. Awkward and complicated.

But balancing the rights and values Americans hold dear is often awkward and complicated. The Founders intended that our Constitution would protect individuals' rights while promoting the common good.

The Indiana General Assembly is considering legislation, called RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) or "Hobby Lobby" bills. Those who promote these bills explain that the purpose is to protect religious liberty and, in the words of a supporter, to "protect churches, businesses, non-profits and individuals against unjust lawsuits and/or government action that could result in fines, prosecution or worse." But butting up against the right to religious freedom is the equally important American value of being free from discrimination. So, are these good bills or harmful bills? Are the bills a necessary added protection of religious liberty or an attempt to use religion to discriminate? The ACLU's view is that the legislation is unnecessary, potentially intrusive, and will lead to unintended consequences and discrimination.

Our concerns about these bills are based not on conjecture, but on the very real experiences of other states and municipalities where similar legislation has already been passed.

Before I explain, let me reiterate a promise right here: The ACLU will be the first to defend a church that is threatened or forced by the government to perform a marriage ceremony or any other religious ritual. But such government action hasn't happened and is unlikely to happen. This legislation is a solution in search of a problem.

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Judge Enters Final Ruling in ACLU of Indiana Planned Parenthood Case

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January 7, 2015

Indianapolis –After more than a year in which the fate of a Lafayette, Ind. health center was in potential jeopardy, a federal judge today put to rest the question of whether the state of Indiana can constitutionally implement a law that regulates a clinic offering non-surgical abortion more strictly than physicians' offices providing the exact same procedure.

"We're happy that this case is resolved, and that we can continue providing services in Lafayette uninterrupted, just as we have done for nearly 50 years," said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. "Non-surgical abortion is a safe, highly regulated procedure, and laws such as this do nothing to protect a woman's health and safety. We're grateful to our partners at ACLU of Indiana for so ably demonstrating that this law was unconstitutional."

U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson entered a permanent injunction and final judgment in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana's case on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, saying the state law passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013—Indiana Code §16-18-2-1.5(a)(2) and §16-21-2-2.5(b)—is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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ACLU of Indiana Announces New Board & Staff

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January 5, 2015
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Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today announced three new members of the board of directors, a new board president and vice-president and the addition of a full-time staff advocacy director. After a banner year in which the ACLU of Indiana was instrumental in securing the freedom to marry for all Hoosiers and protecting liberty on a number of other fronts, the organization is preparing to meet legal and legislative challenges that lie ahead.

"It is an honor to be chosen by my fellow board colleagues to serve in this capacity for the ACLU of Indiana," said Jett. "It is personally inspiring to serve with this group of brilliant and dedicated individuals working to protect our constitutionally guaranteed liberties and to ensure all people in Indiana are equally protected under the law."

"We are thrilled that so many hard-working and talented individuals have chosen to devote their time and expertise to the ACLU of Indiana," said Jane Henegar, executive director. "The work of our board has been vital to achieving our goals in 2014, including our historic campaign for marriage equality in Indiana."

Terri R. Jett has been elected president, and Andrea Cohen vice-president. New board members include Jeanette Jones of Muncie and Jim Spangler and Stephen Briles of Bloomington, Ind. The full-time staff addition is Katie Blair, director of advocacy.

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