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July 02, 2015

The Story of Loving to Marriage – Part 6 (Marriage!)

BLOG: Wow. We all expected that the U.S. Supreme Court would declare marriage equality the law of the land, but nothing prepares you for the emotional impact of a historical moment like last Friday. Now that we’ve all had a chance to digest Justice Kennedy’s landmark opinion, we’re ready to take a step back and examine what the opinion says and what it means. read more »

July 01, 2015

Should Va. reinstate parole? YES, sentencing reform makes practical sense

OP ED: Last week, Governor McAuliffe announced the establishment of a commission to study and make recommendations about Virginia’s parole system. This is an important step toward creating an effective, commonsense Virginia justice system. read more »

June 30, 2015

DOJ Filing Supports Transgender Student’s Right to Appropriate Restroom Facilities in ACLU Case

PRESS RELEASE: The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. read more »

June 29, 2015

Twenty-Three Years and Counting: Abortion Access and the Anniversary of Planned Parenthood v. Casey

BLOG: When the U.S. Supreme Court established in Roe v. Wade that women have a fundamental right to abortion, it helped to ensure that women could control their own lives. This was a huge victory for women’s equality – by ensuring that women could control their own reproductive lives, the Court helped ensure that women could control their economic and social future. read more »

June 29, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Comment on U.S. Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia released the following statement by Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Glossip v. Gross regarding the use of the drug midazolam as part of a lethal injection protocol: read more »

June 26, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Celebrates Decision to Bring the Freedom to Marry to Every State

PRESS RELEASE: The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to equal marriage rights under the U.S. Constitution. The court’s action means that lesbian and gay couples across America will now enjoy the same freedom to marry that Virginia couples have enjoyed since October 2014, following a successful lawsuit in which the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia, Lambda Legal, and the law firm of Jenner & Block represented a certified class made up of approximately 14,000 same-sex couples in the Commonwealth who sought to get married or have their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia. read more »

June 26, 2015

The Story of Loving to Marriage – Part 5 (What’s DOMA Got to Do With It? A Lot!)

BLOG: As we anxiously await the U.S. Supreme Court’s freedom to marry decision, we look back at the landmark ACLU case that set the legal stage for the cases now before the Court. Two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and required the federal government to recognize the lawful marriages of same-sex couples. read more »

June 25, 2015

Two Years After Gutting the Voting Rights Act: What’s the Damage?

BLOG: It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the most powerful tool in the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The decision, Shelby County v. Holder, struck down Section 5, the pre-clearance formula---a provision that spent nearly 50 years stopping and deterring discriminatory voting measures in their tracks in jurisdictions with a history of nefarious voting practices. read more »

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