Update on the U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage Jan. 16, 2015

January 16, 2015 Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow marriage equality for same-sex couples. The Court's announcement makes it likely that this question...

Yes, officer's license plate can say

Yes, officer's license plate can say "0INK"

We live in a society where we often assert our individuality in small ways—whether it's holding a sign on a street corner, posting our opinion on a blog, or stringing together some letters to make a...

ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of...

ACLU of Indiana Wins Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood Health Care Centers

ACLU of Indiana Wins Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood Health Care Centers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014 Judge says State cannot alter the definition of "abortion clinic" or single out health centers in Lafayette, Bloomington, Merrillville and Indianapolis...

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Obama will announce a package of executive actions that could temporarily shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants...

Marriage VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Case

Marriage VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMon., Oct. 6, 2014 Indianapolis – Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear same-sex marriage cases from Indiana and four other states, making it possible for Hoosier...

  • Update on the U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage Jan. 16, 2015

  • Yes, officer's license plate can say "0INK"

  • ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

  • ACLU of Indiana Wins Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood Health Care Centers

  • ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

  • Marriage VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Judge Enters Final Ruling in ACLU of Indiana Planned Parenthood Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2015

Indianapolis –After more than a year in which the fate of a Lafayette, Ind. health center was in potential jeopardy, a federal judge today put to rest the question of whether the state of Indiana can constitutionally implement a law that regulates a clinic offering non-surgical abortion more strictly than physicians' offices providing the exact same procedure.

"We're happy that this case is resolved, and that we can continue providing services in Lafayette uninterrupted, just as we have done for nearly 50 years," said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. "Non-surgical abortion is a safe, highly regulated procedure, and laws such as this do nothing to protect a woman's health and safety. We're grateful to our partners at ACLU of Indiana for so ably demonstrating that this law was unconstitutional."

U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson entered a permanent injunction and final judgment in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana's case on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, saying the state law passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013—Indiana Code §16-18-2-1.5(a)(2) and §16-21-2-2.5(b)—is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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ACLU of Indiana Announces New Board & Staff

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January 5, 2015
Terri-Jett-photo WEBTerri R. Jett

Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today announced three new members of the board of directors, a new board president and vice-president and the addition of a full-time staff advocacy director. After a banner year in which the ACLU of Indiana was instrumental in securing the freedom to marry for all Hoosiers and protecting liberty on a number of other fronts, the organization is preparing to meet legal and legislative challenges that lie ahead.

"It is an honor to be chosen by my fellow board colleagues to serve in this capacity for the ACLU of Indiana," said Jett. "It is personally inspiring to serve with this group of brilliant and dedicated individuals working to protect our constitutionally guaranteed liberties and to ensure all people in Indiana are equally protected under the law."

"We are thrilled that so many hard-working and talented individuals have chosen to devote their time and expertise to the ACLU of Indiana," said Jane Henegar, executive director. "The work of our board has been vital to achieving our goals in 2014, including our historic campaign for marriage equality in Indiana."

Terri R. Jett has been elected president, and Andrea Cohen vice-president. New board members include Jeanette Jones of Muncie and Jim Spangler and Stephen Briles of Bloomington, Ind. The full-time staff addition is Katie Blair, director of advocacy.

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ACLU Lawsuit Seeks Recognition for High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club

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Tues., Dec. 23, 2014

Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit today on behalf of three students at North Putnam High School who have been denied the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club during non-instructional time at school, claiming the school's denial violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit is also brought on behalf of the GSA.

The school's denial of the Gay-Straight Alliance club violates students' First Amendment rights and the federal Equal Access Act.

GSAs are student-run extracurricular clubs that bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students to support each other and promote respect and equality. LGBT students at the school have frequently been harassed and wanted to form the GSA to provide a place to educate the community and support vulnerable students. The school, which allows other non-school-sponsored clubs and activities to meet, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club and Best Buddies, has denied recognition of the GSA club for more than a year. The students followed all the school's required procedures outlined in its student handbook to establish the club, including securing a faculty member to supervise the group.

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