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December 19, 2014

ACLU Files Federal Discrimination Complaint against Local Va. School Board for Bathroom Policy

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education against Gloucester County Public Schools (GCPS) for adopting a bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from using the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers. The school board adopted the policy by a vote of 6-1 on December 9, 2014, despite warnings from the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia that the policy violates federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools. read more »

December 18, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Announcement on Restoration of Rights

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today praised the McAuliffe administration’s commitment to restoring the rights of all disenfranchised Virginians and the establishment of a much easier application process for individuals convicted of more serious felonies. read more »

December 17, 2014

Appeals Court Rejects Pittsylvania County Appeal in Government Prayer Case

PRESS RELEASE: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today unanimously dismissed Pittsylvania County’s appeal from a lower court order prohibiting the Board of Supervisors from opening its meetings with Christian prayers offered by Board members. read more »

December 09, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Denounces Gloucester School Board Vote for Discriminatory Policy

PRESS RELEASE: Tonight, the Gloucester School Board voted to accept a policy that will discriminate against transgender students by requiring them either to use bathroom and locker room facilities that are inconsistent with their gender identity or use “an alternative private facility.” As the ACLU and ACLU of Virginia told the Board in a letter sent last week, this policy will violate Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972. read more »

December 09, 2014

The 2015 Legislative Session and Protecting Reproductive Freedom

BLOG: Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, Virginia has passed 13 laws restricting a woman’s right to make reproductive health care decisions. We’ve been moving in the wrong direction, and that’s about to change. We’re working to change the conversation about abortion – to ensure that women feel supported and not judged if they choose abortion. read more »

December 07, 2014

The 2015 Legislative Session and LGBT Equality

BLOG: The tide is turning. A generation from now, we may look back on 2014 as the turning point in the fight for LGBT equality. But, while 2014 is the year marriage equality came to the Commonwealth, we will not have full equality for LGBT Virginians until we end discrimination in employment, housing, and access to services. read more »

December 05, 2014

ACLU Urges Gloucester School Board to Reject Harmful, Discriminatory Bathroom Policy

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter yesterday to the Gloucester County School Board urging it to reject a proposed policy that would limit school restrooms and locker rooms to “the corresponding biological genders” and would require transgender students either to use facilities that are inconsistent with their gender identity or use “an alternative private facility.” read more »

December 04, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Virginia Board of Health’s Decision to Place Medicine over Politics

PRESS RELEASE: Following years of advocacy by the ACLU of Virginia and the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, today science and medicine prevailed over politics when the Virginia Board of Health voted to approve a Notice of Intent for Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to amend rules for women’s health care centers in Virginia that provide five or more abortions per month. read more »

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