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July 28, 2014

Marriage Equality Prevails at the Fourth Circuit! What’s Next?

(07/28/2014) It is a thrilling day in Virginia. A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 2-1 that Virginia’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing recognition to same-sex couples’ marriages from other states are unconstitutional. read more »

July 28, 2014

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Richmond, VA -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today affirmed a district court ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The decision will not take effect immediately, but will go into effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion to stay the ruling. The ruling will also be stayed if the defendants ask the full court of appeals to review the case. read more »

July 25, 2014

Tweet Chat Blog Series: It’s time to Make “Big Brother” Play by the Rules

(07/25/14) Confronted with losses of privacy rights and other civil liberties, we are often willing to buy the rhetoric of trading freedom for security. read more »

July 24, 2014

Women’s Rights are on the Line Before the Supreme Court, Again

(07/24/2014) It’s been a bad year for women’s rights, and next year may prove just as troubling. On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a deeply troubling, unprecedented ruling undermining women’s rights and religious freedom, news broke that the Supreme Court will consider, next term, another case with huge implications for women’s rights. read more »

July 24, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Urges Attorney General Not to “Gut” Drone Moratorium; Says Commonwealth’s Attorney is Wrong on the Law

Richmond, VA -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today released a letter mailed to Attorney General Mark Herring regarding a pending request from the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Wise County/City of Norton for an official opinion that would create an exception to Virginia’s drone moratorium law. read more »

July 21, 2014

Are Attacks on Abortion Decreasing? Or are they Just Sneakier?

(07/21/2014) States enacted fewer abortion restrictions this year than the previous three years. This is good news, right? Not necessarily. Instead, as the Guttmacher Institute recently reported, access to abortion will decrease in many states especially because of restrictions known as targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP). read more »

July 21, 2014

ACLU of VA Statement on President Obama’s Non-Discrimination Executive Orders

Richmond, VA -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today expressed strong support for President Obama’s decision to amend existing federal Executive Orders to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and the federal government. read more »

July 20, 2014

Why Millennials Should Care About Government Surveillance

(07/20/2014) As a Millennial concerned about privacy and protection from government surveillance, I’m often asked by my peers: Why should I care? Who’s to care if some government database catalogs every email I send or receive? I care. I don’t want my conversations intercepted and saved by the government. read more »

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