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...
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...
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...
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...
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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 will finally be resolved before the end of the Court's current term in late June. What does this mean for Indiana couples who are legally married under State law? It is too soon to know what the Court will decide and what impact any decision might have on couples in Indiana. For now, marriage equality remains the law in Indiana. We remain cautiously optimistic that the Court will rule the right way and recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples, and we will remain watchful and will report any developments to you as soon as we receive them.
Adam Liptak of The New York Times reminds us, "T]he number of states allowing same-sex marriage has since grown to 36, and more than 70 percent of Americans live in places where gay couples can marry. The pace of change on same-sex marriage, in both popular opinion and in the courts, has no parallel in the nation's history." Read the full article here. Read the ACLU's blog post by James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project here.
What Would Ovid Butler Do? Today's Movement for Better Policing and Racial Justice
Ovid Butler (1801-1881) was a lawyer, abolitionist, journalist and founder of Butler University. Revolutionary for his time, he believed strongly in equal rights and education for all. What would he and other abolitionists say about the struggle for racial justice in the era of mass incarceration and increasing militarization of police? What can be done to get beyond the tensions many communities across the U.S. have faced and to ensure that citizens and police are partners, not adversaries? Join us for First Wednesdays as we return to Indianapolis on February 4, noon to 1 p.m. Panel is moderated by IndyStar columnist Erika Smith, and is part of Butler University's Founders Day! Smart, civil and only an hour. Event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at .
Butler will suspend ticketing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 4 across the campus. Please use Hinkle Fieldhouse Lots (25, 26, 27) off 49th Street, or Rescoe Lot (6), the part closest to Sunset Ave. There is also a temporary gravel lot (between 15 and 16) between the Pharmacy Building and Lilly Hall. Visitors with handicap tags are invited to park in any open accessible spot, or any open spot close to Robertson Hall.
The release of the Senate torture report summary—the most comprehensive account of the program to date—is an opportunity to reverse years of impunity enjoyed by the architects and perpetrators of the torture program for terrible crimes committed in our name. Impunity for torture has damaged the integrity of our justice system and our credibility in the world. Government must demonstrate its commitment to the rule of law and to the principle that no one, no matter how senior, should be beyond its reach.
Not everyone said yes to torture. The video below produced by the ACLU and PEN American Center features military personnel who objected to the program and tried to end it.
From First Amendment topics of free speech and religious liberty, to the privacy issues posed by emerging technologies, to marriage equality and community policing — at your request over the past year we've taken our popular First Wednesdays lunchtime discussions to communities in Evansville, South Bend, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Gary.
In 2015, we'll be taking these conversations once again to six more communities statewide! Sign up for ACLU email alerts to stay informed about events near you and ways you can take action on issues.
January 27, 2015
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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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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January 5, 2015
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.