Frequently Asked Questions about the 6th Circuit Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Frequently Asked Questions about the 6th Circuit Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

November 10, 2014 What ruling did the 6th Circuit issue? On Nov. 6, 2014, a three-judge panel for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court rulings of six cases from...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

  • ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

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

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

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

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Group Challenges Courthouse Religious Display

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Tues., Dec. 16, 2014

Indianapolis—A lawsuit filed today on behalf of a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group that protects the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state claims that a religious display in Franklin County, Indiana violates the U.S. Constitution.

"Any reasonable person viewing this display would conclude that its principal effect is to advance religion," said ACLU of Indiana Senior Staff Attorney Gavin M. Rose. "The First Amendment protects these kinds of displays by individuals and groups on private property, but also makes clear that displays on public property, which is maintained by taxpayers, cannot demonstrate a preference for religion."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the case on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and two Franklin County residents who are also FFRF members. The lawsuit contends that the display on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville, Indiana—a nativity scene that includes no non-Christian religious or secular holiday symbols—violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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

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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 for stricter standards

Indianapolis —A federal judge yesterday issued a ruling that says the state's attempt to regulate health care centers that provide non-surgical abortions more strictly than physicians' offices that provide the same procedures is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.

"The State presents no rational basis for this unequal treatment."
—Federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson

The case, decided by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, was brought in 2013 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky after the Indiana General Assembly passed laws —Indiana Code §16-18-2-1.5(a)(2) and §16-21-2-2.5(b)—that treated "abortion clinics" differently than physicians' offices that prescribed the same medications.

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ACLU of Indiana Suit Seeks to Restore Access to Award-Winning Human Rights Publication

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Mon., Dec. 1, 2014

Indianapolis—The publishers of an award-winning magazine that reports on the rights of prisoners and criminal justice issues is seeking to restore access to its publication to residents of a privately run prison in New Castle, Indiana.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, along with attorneys from the organization publishing the magazine and attorneys from the Chicago law firm of Loevy and Loevy, brought the case on behalf of Prison Legal News, a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, against The GEO Group, a Florida company that runs the New Castle Correctional Facility, and the facility's superintendent.

"It is alarming that a private, for-profit prison corporation is using Indiana tax dollars to censor publications that critically report on criminal justice news."

—Prison Legal News Editor Paul Wright. 

The suit contends that the prison is violating the plaintiff's First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by preventing distribution of the magazine without showing a valid reason to withhold it from prisoners and by failing to afford the project notice and an opportunity to be heard when the publication is denied. Prison Legal News wants distribution of the magazine to resume and seeks an award for damages.

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