Update on Same-Sex Marriage: All Eyes on April 28

Update on Same-Sex Marriage: All Eyes on April 28

The American Civil Liberties Union on February 27 announced the filing of a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on two cases that challenge Kentucky state laws, one barring same-sex couples from...

In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

In Memory of Irving Fink April 7, 2015 In the fall of 1953, a group of interested people, among them respected lawyers, doctors and university Photo: Indiana Historical Society, American Civil...

ACLU Sues NSA to Stop Mass Internet Spying

ACLU Sues NSA to Stop Mass Internet Spying

Wikimedia, Rutherford Institute, Amnesty Among 9 Plaintiffs March 10, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: 212-549-2666, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript...

FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

April 8, 2015 FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Download a PDF of this FAQ What transpired to pass and then amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in...

ACLU of Indiana Testimony on

ACLU of Indiana Testimony on "Religious Freedom" Bills

SB 101 and SB 568 – Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA)Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, February 9, 2015 Jane Henegar, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of...

Let's cut our prison population in half

Let's cut our prison population in half

For the last four decades, this country has relentlessly expanded our criminal justice system, needlessly throwing away too many lives and trillions of taxpayer dollars. Our nation's addiction to...

  • Update on Same-Sex Marriage: All Eyes on April 28

  • In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

  • ACLU Sues NSA to Stop Mass Internet Spying

  • FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

  • ACLU of Indiana Testimony on "Religious Freedom" Bills

  • Let's cut our prison population in half

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FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

April 8, 2015

FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

What transpired to pass and then amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana?

On March 26, 2015, in a private ceremony with no media in attendance, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into legislation SB 101, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Days before, the measure that lawmakers had fast-tracked in the Indiana Senate also passed in the Indiana House of Representatives—despite six attempts to amend the bill to mitigate the most harmful effects. When Gov. Pence signed the RFRA into law, the public outcry, from grassroots supporters, businesses, convention leaders, sports organizations, faith leaders, national and local civil rights organizations and celebrities in and outside Indiana, was immediate and deafening. This backlash forced the governor and lawmakers to update the law to recognize, for the first time in history, protections in Indiana based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Unfortunately, these protections currently exist only in a few local human rights ordinances.

Where have human rights ordinances been passed in Indiana?

Several communities in the state of Indiana have human rights ordinances that provide enforceable protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, including Indianapolis/Marion County; Lafayette/West Lafayette/Tippecanoe County and New Albany. HROs also exist in other communities, including Michigan City, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Terre Haute, Bloomington/Monroe County and Evansville, and are being considered in several others. The landscape is changing every day. Read The Indianapolis Star, April 6, 2015 about local HROs.

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In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

In Memory of Irving Fink

April 7, 2015

In the fall of 1953, a group of interested people, among them respected lawyers, doctors and university IRVING L FINK.webPhoto: Indiana Historical Society, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Collectionfaculty, met at the Lincoln Hotel in Indianapolis to discuss organizing an Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Irving Fink, along with several others, was among those who led this effort, and who founded the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

On April 5, 2015, the 95 year-old civil rights lawyer passed away. To those who knew him and to the many, many people who have benefited from his extraordinary generosity, he will be greatly missed.

Fink once said, "The cases that meant the most to me were the cases where I didn't earn a dime."

Funeral services will be held at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 North Meridian Street, on Tuesday, April 7 at 11 a.m. The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to the ACLU of Indiana. Click here to make a contribution in his memory.

Read more about his exceptional life and accomplishments here:

Irving L. Fink Obituary - The Indianapolis Star

 

Greendale Women Sue for Access to “Men-Only” Pete Rose Event

UPDATE
Thurs., March 26, 2015

Today the ACLU of Indiana filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal in Christina Osborn and Jessica Hillyer v. Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation, a case filed just two days ago.

ACLU of Indiana Staff Attorney Kelly Eskew made this comment about the case:

"We are thrilled that Lawrenceburg High School Athletics has recognized that it's unconstitutional to exclude women from a school-sponsored event. Opening up the Sports Social to include women was the right thing to do."

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