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News & Commentary
The 2014 Session of the Virginia General Assembly left the ACLU of Virginia and its 10,000 members and supporters with little reason to cheer and significant reason to worry about the state of civil liberties in the Commonwealth when the General Assembly adjourns sine die read more »
(01/13/2014) Lord Coke famously observed that a corporation does not have a soul. The Supreme Court is not so sure. On November 26, the Court granted review in two cases challenging the requirement of the Affordable Care Act that certain employer-provided insurance must cover contraceptives. The owners of the corporations sued, saying the mandate burdens their religious beliefs. read more »
The United States Supreme Court agreed recently to review two cases in which for-profit corporations challenged federal regulations requiring employers to provide health insurance plans that include coverage for contraception. The owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a manufacturer of wood products, claim that the rules violate their religious freedom. read more »
(11/22/2013) Yesterday, a federal court in Charlottesville heard arguments in our lawsuit on behalf of two homeless plaintiffs challenging an ordinance that limits their ability to panhandle on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. The outcome of the case will add to a growing body of law about just how far local governments may go in their efforts to keep the homeless out of sight and out of mind. read more »
In the Courts
State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »