April 2, 2015
State lawmakers today announced an update to the Indiana RFRA to ensure that it cannot be used to discriminate against LGBTQ Hoosiers in communities with local human rights ordinances in public accommodation, housing or employment. This measure is the first time that Indiana state law has included positive references to sexual orientation and gender identity, and it represents a step in the right direction.
However, to ensure that Indiana state law provides statewide civil rights protections that include sexual orientation or gender identity, we have more work to do. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will continue to work diligently on achieving our goal of passing the Fairness for All Hoosiers Act to ensure these protections are achieved.
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.
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.
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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.
August 27, 2014
On August 26, ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk argued forcefully and skillfully before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for fairness and equality for same-sex couples in Indiana. In answer to the judges' questions, Ken emphasized that the State of Indiana has no rational and defensible reason to discriminate against marriage for these couples. His brilliant and well-prepared arguments should make all Hoosiers proud.
We don't know when the Court will issue its decision, what its decision will be, or whether this fight will continue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. What we do know is that court decisions across the country have consistently favored equal protection for same-sex couples.