Free Speech

The ACLU of Virginia is a vigorous defender of freedom of speech, as well as freedom of the press, and the rights of demonstrators. These are among our most fundamental liberties and are guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

News & Commentary

ACLU of Virginia Commends Vote to Sustain Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 555

Richmond, VA - Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555. Senate Bill 555 would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Commends Vote to Sustain Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 236

Richmond, VA – Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 236, a bill that could have compromised the religious freedom of public school students. read more »

ACLU of Virginia to Governor: Capitol Square Demonstration Regulation is Unconstitutional

Richmond, VA -- The regulation governing demonstrations on Capitol Square is "riddled with constitutional problems," the ACLU of Virginia wrote today in a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe. The letter called upon the Governor to take swift action to revise the regulation. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 555

Richmond, VA -- The ACLU of Virginia applauds Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555, which would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members. read more »

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In the Courts

Dietz v. Perez

Injunction Against Online Speech read more »

Commonwealth v. Dean

Subpoena for Church Petitions read more »

Bland v. Roberts (amicus)

Facebook “Like” as Speech read more »

Libertarian Party of Virginia v. Judd

State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »

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