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February 2, 2016
Indianapolis –Today lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly failed to allow a vote on a measure, Senate Bill 344, which while fundamentally flawed, would have opened the door for updating Indiana's civil rights law to protect Hoosiers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The following statement may be attributed to Jane Henegar, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana:
"It is extremely disappointing that lawmakers did not allow a vote to occur on the Senate floor today regarding an update to our civil rights law, an update that could have finally put to rest the question of equal protection for LGBT people in Indiana. Lawmakers left this crucial issue unanswered despite our tireless efforts to help fix the deeply flawed legislation, and despite strong support across the state from faith leaders, business leaders and public officials interested in moving Indiana forward.
As Hoosiers and as Americans, we need to stand against discrimination and resolve this issue that has divided our state and inflicted real and persistent damage. Doing nothing has never been an acceptable option. Hoosiers need full protection from discrimination now. As important members our community, gay and transgender people need to be able to work, live and take care of themselves and their families without fear of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. We will continue to fight during this legislative session to update our civil rights law and undo the damage done to our state by last year's RFRA."
By Jane Henegar
You may have heard Governor Pence, in his State of the State address, challenging all of us to find a way in which religious liberty can co-exist alongside civil rights laws, including civil rights laws updated to protect gay and transgender Hoosiers.
The American Civil Liberties Union has fought long and hard for religious liberty for all faiths for nearly 100 years and we believe that freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, both protected by the Constitution, can coexist.
As a nation grappling with how to address discrimination in a diverse society, we have decided again and again that, in this narrow conflict, freedom from discrimination prevails.
Every American enjoys broad and important religious liberty rights. For instance, clergy and faith leaders, not the government, determine which marriages their religious organizations officiate and bless. The ACLU would defend the constitutional rights of any pastor, rabbi, imam, priest or other faith leader if government tried to dictate the nature of their religious rites or ceremonies. The free exercise clause of the First Amendment protects those faith-based decisions. Further, existing Indiana civil rights law preserves full discretion for religious organizations in their hiring decisions. These current protections for religious organizations will not change.
December 1, 2015
A Fort Wayne mom who has early-stage Hepatitis C is one of thousands of individuals across Indiana whose lives could possibly be saved through an ACLU of Indiana class-action lawsuit filed in November, 2015.
People who receive federal Medicaid benefits through the state should not be denied medically necessary treatment.
Our case against the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration challenges FSSA's policy of denying a life-saving drug to certain Medicaid recipients who have early-stage Hep C, which the lawsuit claims violates federal Medicaid law.
Hep C is a chronic disease that can lead to severe health problems, such as liver failure, cancer and even death. People in the early stages of the disease have the potential to be completely cured and their pain alleviated by a drug called Harvoni, yet the FSSA's policy provides the drug only to people in later stages of the disease. People who receive federal Medicaid benefits through the state should not be denied medically necessary treatment.
November 17, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is deeply saddened that Governor Mike Pence has joined the backlash against Syrian refugees in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. These refugees are fleeing violence and oppression and should not be blamed for the very terror they are fleeing. We caution public officials against any reflexive reactions to curtail our civil liberties and target individuals because of their nationality in response to these horrific events. Refugee admission has long been a federal matter in which states do not have authority. We urge Governor Pence to rethink his position and affirm the need for refugees to seek sanctuary from the brutality of terrorism.
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Jan. 27, 2016
We fully anticipate this cooperation [with the Indiana Department of Correction] will continue and that these changes will have a significant positive impact by reducing the severity of mental illness in prisoners who will one day rejoin society.
—ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk
Indianapolis –A long-running class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission against the Indiana Department of Correction has been settled with a proposed agreement that awaits approval by the Court after notice to the class. If approved the agreement will fundamentally transform the way seriously mentally ill prisoners are treated in state correctional facilities. The changes will affect hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners in Indiana who will receive better access to mental health care and who will no longer be held without treatment in solitary confinement.
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Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
"There is no border around the state of Indiana that prevents people from entering our state who may move freely within the United States."
—ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk.
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and attorneys from the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, filed suit today against Governor Mike Pence and the Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to stop attempts by the governor to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees, claiming the governor's actions violate the United States Constitution and federal law.
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Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015
Indianapolis – Grandparents who are caretakers of their severely disabled grandchildren and who are ready to adopt them have filed suit today against the Indiana Department of Child Services for failing to approve adoption assistance payments that will allow them to continue to adequately care for the children. The lawsuit claims that the State's actions violate Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.