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SB 101 and SB 568 – Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA)Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, February 9, 2015 Jane Henegar, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of...
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.
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Join faith leaders and Hoosiers who are opposed to creating a license to discriminate under Indiana law.
Hope to see you there!
When and Where:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6 p.m.
Roberts Park United Methodist Church
401 N Delaware St, Indianapolis 46204
Join the ACLU of Indiana and Indiana University Southeast Civil Liberties Union (IUSCLU) for the annual Spring Forum in New Albany. Katie Blair, ACLU of Indiana Director of Advocacy will present "Know Your Rights When Encountering the Police." More details coming soon!
When and Where:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, Indiana 47150
Update: Feb. 27, 2015
On Feb. 23, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana announced the re-launch of Freedom Indiana, the historic movement that led to the 2014 legislative defeat of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Freedom Indiana will focus on stopping the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which opponents say would bring potentially harmful and unintended consequences to the Hoosier State by giving individuals and businesses a license to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers. Katie Blair, ACLU of Indiana director of advocacy, will manage the campaign.
Update: Join us Wednesday evening, March 4, 6 p.m. in Indianapolis for the biggest gathering yet to show our opposition to this anti-LGBT license to discriminate!
More details on our events page
SB 101 and SB 568 – Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA)
Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, February 9, 2015
Jane Henegar, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana
Thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, for the opportunity to present testimony on the ACLU's opposition to Senate Bills 101 and 568, both known as Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs).
Freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. For almost 100 years, the ACLU has been protecting religious freedom, from defending a student's right to read his Bible during reading period to the right of a Muslim man to wear his religious head wear in a courtroom. State and federal constitutions protect not only the right to believe (or not to believe), but also the right to express our religious beliefs. In this country, we have the absolute right to believe whatever we want about God, faith, and religion, and we have the right to act on our beliefs—but we do not have the right to harm others.
Unfortunately, SB 101 and SB 568 are a solution in search of a problem. The legislation is so broadly written that there may be unforeseen and harmful consequences to our state. Moreover, the bills create a widespread and negative perception of Indiana by appearing to invite the use of religion to discriminate, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For these reasons, we urge you to oppose these bills.
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Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015
Indianapolis –A woman whose Facebook post supporting her imprisoned brother resulted in the Indiana Department of Correction both curtailing her contact with the brother and in segregation time for her brother has filed suit against the DOC for violating her First Amendment rights.
The First Amendment protects against retaliatory actions of government officials that can have a chilling effect on speech
Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana brought suit on behalf of Valerie Buford, the sister of Pendleton Correctional Facility inmate Leon Benson, whose "Free Leon Benson" social media campaign involves several Internet sites seeking to gain his release from prison. Buford had posted a video to her Facebook page of her brother thanking and rallying his supporters. Benson had sent his sister the video via J-Pay, a company that contracts with the State to provide services to prisoners and their families such as email, video messaging and money transfers. When the prison learned the video had been posted on Facebook, Benson was disciplined and the DOC has blocked Buford's ability to use J-Pay.