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...
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...
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...
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...
Indianapolis —The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today upheld the June 25 ruling in U.S. District Court striking down the law banning marriage in Indiana for same-sex...
First Wednesdays Discussion Series
When and Where:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Noon to 12:50 p.m.
Savanah Center Auditorium
Indiana University Northwest
Gary, Indiana 46408 map & video of location
Join our First Wednesdays panel in Gary, Indiana for a discussion of police militarization. Moderated by Doug Ross, Editorial Page Editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana, the panel includes: Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director; Indiana Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond); Ronald M. Mullins, Chair, Hammond Human Relations Commission; and Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Northwest.
November 10, 2014
On Nov. 6, 2014, a three-judge panel for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court rulings of six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. In each of these states, a federal judge had ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples, and all six rulings were appealed to the 6th Circuit. The Nov. 6 ruling upholds marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky and denies same sex couples the right to marry or have their marriages recognized in these states.
The 6th Circuit ruling does not change the fact that Chief Judge Richard Young's decision striking down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage is final, and Indiana's case is over. Judge Young's June 25, 2014 decision was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Sept. 4, 2014. On Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear same-sex marriage cases from Indiana and four other states, which cleared the way for Indiana's same-sex marriages to become lawful and for Indiana to recognize the out-of-state same-sex marriages of Indiana residents.
October 22, 2014
The ACLU of Indiana has received reports over the past two weeks that same-sex couples married in Indiana during the "window period" in June were being turned away at the Social Security office when they applied for a name change. Read the story in The Indianapolis Star.
As of this afternoon, the Social Security Administration has updated its policy on Name Changes to direct its offices to recognize our June marriages! We are keeping an eye on other Social Security policies related to benefits to ensure that they are all likewise revised. As of now, some of these policies do not reflect today's guidance on June marriages, but we expect to see the issue resolved by the end of this week. Watch this space for updates!
It's First Wednesdays in Northwest Indiana. Keep the conversation going! Co-sponsored by Valparaiso University's Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
When and Where:
Wednesday, December 3, 5-6:30 p.m.
Stacks Bar & Grill
175 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wed, Nov. 19, 2014
Indianapolis—Political parties in Marion County cannot prevent the free speech activities of candidates they do not back for election, and county officials cannot enforce an unconstitutional law used to impede such speech, a federal judge affirmed today.
"We agree with the Seventh Circuit that this has been an outrageous misuse of power," said Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, in approving an agreed judgment filed by the parties, ruled that Indiana's "slating" statute—Indiana Code § 3-14-1-2(a)(2) and (3)—cannot be enforced. The order also provided that the Marion County Election Board cannot convene further hearings concerning the 2012 primary election or the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Zachary Mulholland, and required compensation and fees to be paid to Mulholland and to the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, who brought the case on his behalf.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2014
Hudelson previously worked at The Eliminate Project, a joint Kiwanis International and UNICEF campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, where he directed fundraising for the western United States and Canada. He also directed voter registration campaigns in Texas, municipal election campaigns in New Jersey and clean energy initiatives in southern Indiana.
He is a 2008 graduate of Purdue University.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014
Indianapolis –The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today prevailed in a lawsuit challenging the state law that governs the process of electing judges in Marion County that created a vague system where each major party nominated half of the judicial candidates resulting in a general "election" where all those running will be victorious.
"The right to vote guaranteed to the citizenry by the Constitution is the right to a meaningful vote," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director. "We applaud Chief Judge Young's decision today, which ensures citizens will have that right."
In his decision today, Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana found Indiana Code § 33-33-49-13(b), the statute governing Marion County elections, unconstitutional, saying defendants-- which include the Indiana Secretary of State, the Indiana Election Commission and the Governor of Indiana--could not justify taking away candidate choices from voters.