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What is Bigelow v. Virginia and Why Does the Case Matter for Reproductive Freedom?

BLOG: Today is the 40th anniversary of Bigelow v. Virginia, a landmark ACLU case in which the Supreme Court of the United States first ruled that some types of advertisements—including advertisements for abortion services—are protected by the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Bigelow, however, is not just about free speech. It was the first in a long line of Supreme Court cases dealing with states’ attempts to restrict women’s access to abortion services. read more »

The Story of Loving to Marriage – Part 2 (Why Loving Matters)

BLOG: In 1973 I moved to Richmond for grad school, and met my future wife. It was love at first sight, or pretty damn close at least on my part. And so we started a relationship that just a few years earlier would have been illegal. read more »

Moving Toward Equality for Transgender Students in Virginia

BLOG: Things were going just fine at Gloucester High School for sophomore Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy. It was the first school year he was fully out as male and the school was doing everything it should. Then . . . read more »

Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

BLOG: Imagine your local police department wants to obtain a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP). Leaving aside the obvious question of why a local police department would need this vehicle, in a system where the people make the rules, one would think that the department would need approval from the peoples’ representatives, right? Wrong. read more »

The Story of Loving to Marriage – Part I (Freedom to Marry Brings us Full Circle)

BLOG: In a few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a very basic question – can the government deny lesbian and gay couples equal marriage rights? Over 40 years ago, a similar issue brought together the group of activists who would form the ACLU of Virginia. read more »

Goodbye Bayonets and Grenade Launchers . . . Please Take the Surveillance State With You!

BLOG: Finally, there’s some good news – the militarization of state and local police forces hit a snag last week. read more »

Change Criminal Discovery Rules to End Trial by Ambush in the Commonwealth

BLOG: Imagine for a moment that you are charged with a crime. Perhaps you did it, perhaps you didn’t. Assuming you aren’t locked up in jail, you are likely talking to a criminal defense lawyer. You want to know what the police think you did wrong. Undoubtedly, one of your first questions will be, “What does the police report say?” read more »

The Good and the Bad of the 2015 General Assembly Session

BLOG: It’s a wrap. After four months of advocacy before the General Assembly and Governor’s office, we can finally report how Virginians’ rights fared during the 2015 General Assembly Session. We had some major victories, but also some disappointing losses. read more »

Women’s Access to Affordable Health Care is at Stake in Manassas

BLOG: On April 27 the Manassas City Council moved one step closer to changing the City’s zoning law in a way that makes it unnecessarily burdensome for women’s health centers that provide abortion services to locate or move within Manassas. read more »

Welcome Samantha Artison to our team!

BLOG: We are excited to welcome our new Paralegal, Samantha Artison. We look forward to the talent, resources and skills she brings to our legal team and office. read more »

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