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Governor McAuliffe – It’s Past Time to End Virginia’s Felon Disenfranchisement!

(02/17/2014) This past week the nation’s top attorney, Eric Holder, spoke eloquently about the debilitating harms caused by felon disenfranchisement laws. Attorney General Holder called such laws “unnecessary and unjust” and based on "centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear." We agree! read more »

House of Delegates Doubles Down on its Desire to Place a Politician Between a Woman and Her Doctor

(02/14/2014) A few minutes ago, the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice doubled down on the legislature’s decision to place a politician between a woman and her doctor. It “tabled” (the legislative word for killed) SB 617, which would have repealed a 2012 law that requires every woman having an abortion to have an ultrasound 24 hours prior to her procedure. read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day, Virginia

(02/14/2014) Just a few hours ago, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court in Norfolk delivered to Virginia the best Valentine’s Day present it has received in forty-seven years. Her ruling proclaimed that every person in Virginia has the right to marry the person he or she loves. read more »

The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection, and the Misplaced Focus of Our Death Penalty Debate

(02/10/2014) Some good news today! The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted to continue SB 607 until 2015. The bill would have allowed the Commonwealth to default to the electric chair if it runs out of lethal injection drugs. read more »

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Freedom to Marry Lawsuit in Virginia

(02/06/2014) On August 1, 2013, the ACLU of Virginia, the ACLU National LGBT Project, and Lambda Legal filed suit against in federal court in Harrisonburg against Virginia Registrar of Vital Records Janet Rainey and Staunton Circuit Court Clerk Thomas Roberts. read more »

The Washington Post Supports Bringing Tuition Equity to Virginia!

(02/05/2014) We have long argued tuition equity would bring economic benefits to the Commonwealth and yesterday the Washington Post agreed. read more »

Legislative Update: Taking Action for Reproductive Freedom in the Virginia General Assembly

(02/04/2014) As we near crossover on February 11th, 2014 - the General Assembly’s midpoint where bills pass to the other house or die for the session - now is the time to take stock of measures relating to reproductive freedom and how to take action. read more »

The Electric Chair Has No Place in 21st Century Virginia!

(02/03/2014) Of the many issues that our legislators should be focused on right now, doubling down on the Commonwealth’s embrace of its electric chair should not be one of them. Why the new focus on this barbaric practice (see HB 1052 & SB 607)? read more »

Drug Testing All Public Benefits Recipients – A Discriminatory and Counterproductive Idea

(02/01/2014) If at first you don’t succeed, adjust your tactics – this seems to be the mantra for some legislators who think we should drug test public benefits recipients. Well, to be accurate, it’s actually only one group of public benefits recipients who these lawmakers want to test. read more »

Equal Pay for Equal Work – It’s Time for Virginia to Embrace this Basic Concept

(01/29/2014) As a working woman, today I celebrate a very important milestone – five years ago President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. read more »

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