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August 29, 2014

COMMUNITY VIEW: Lessons from Ferguson

OP ED: Ferguson, Mo. has brought the issue of militarization of law enforcement to our living rooms. Every night we see the images – police in military style clothing, pointing military style rifles at people (something even the military doesn’t do unless they are preparing to shoot), standing on top of military grade armored vehicles. read more »

August 24, 2014

Glenberg: Students, schools, and religion

OP ED: The new school year is about to begin and, as usual, we can expect a lot of confusion and controversy about religion in public schools. While the issue raises some complicated questions, the general principle is simple: A student has the right to exercise religion. A school may not exercise religion. read more »

August 24, 2014

Ferguson Revives Police Militarization Debate

OP ED: Today's youth no longer need to travel to a military base to see military grade armored vehicles. In fact, when youth in Caroline and Culpeper counties look out their bedroom window they may see the Sheriff's Office's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, which is a tank designed to withstand an armor-piercing roadside bomb. read more »

August 20, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Reacts to U.S. Supreme Court’s Stay of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Marriage Equality

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond, VA – American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Executive Director, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban. read more »

August 18, 2014

ACLU and Lambda Legal Ask Supreme Court to Reject Motion to Delay Virginia Marriages

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond, VA - Today, the ACLU, ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg’s seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban. read more »

August 16, 2014

Religion in our Public Schools

BLOG: With a new school year just around the corner, we can expect a lot of confusion and controversy about the role of religion in public schools. Can students exercise their faith during school hours? Can school officials promote one faith over others? read more »

August 14, 2014

Medical Professionals Speak Out: Rules for Women’s Health Care Centers Must be Rewritten

BLOG: Thousands of Virginians spoke out, and the message was clear - medicine and science, not politics should govern rules for women’s health centers. read more »

August 13, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Praises Fourth Circuit’s Decision to Deny Stay in Marriage Case

Richmond, VA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a request to delay implementation of its ruling striking down Virginia laws denying marriage to same-sex couples. The court’s action means that, unless the Supreme Court intervenes, couples may begin marrying and having their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia on August 21. read more »

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