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  • ACLU battles Georgia over toddler's last name of 'Allah'

    March 27, 2017 10:18 AM

    ATLANTA - A civil rights group is suing Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name its 22-month-old child "Allah." The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed the lawsuit recently in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of the couple, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk.... more »
  • ACLU: Students have right to sit during Pledge of Allegiance

    September 15, 2016 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says it has received two separate complaints that students were told they would be punished for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance, an act protected as free speech. ACLU Director Marjorie Esman says she's received two complaints in 24 hours,... more »
  • ACLU files lawsuit claiming BRPD violated rights of protesters

    July 13, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU of Louisiana and other civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that were present for protests last weekend. In that lawsuit, the ACLU claims that the First Amendment rights of demonstrators were... more »
  • ACLU raises questions about officers' bodycams

    July 6, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the ACLU Louisiana says serious questions need to be asked whether body cameras were working properly when two white officers fatally shot a black man outside a convenience store. Baton Rouge police said earlier Wednesday that the bodycam footage became dislodged during an... more »
  • Law blocking anti-discrimination ordinance heading to court

    March 28, 2016 6:51 AM

    RALEIGH, NC- Gay-rights groups and others who say they'll be wronged by North Carolina's new law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules are wasting little time trying to stop it in court. The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina scheduled a Monday... more »
  • Rights group suing over public defender shortage

    January 15, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the New Orleans' and state offices tasked with defending people too poor to hire a lawyer after the office began turning down cases, saying it didn't have the resources to do its job. In the lawsuit filed late Thursday... more »
  • Bookstores sue over La. age-verification law

    November 4, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of Louisiana booksellers joined civil rights groups to file a lawsuit Wednesday over a new law requiring publishers to put age gates on their websites. The American Civil Liberties Union and Media Coalition filed the suit on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and... more »
  • Jindal asking for dismissal of ACLU lawsuit against him

    October 26, 2015 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a state district judge to throw out a lawsuit that challenges Jindal's executive order offering protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage. Judge Todd Hernandez heard arguments Monday about Jindal's request, but did not immediately rule. The executive order prohibits... more »
  • ACLU says Jindal executive order misguided

    July 26, 2015 11:45 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Civil liberty advocates warn that Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order to ban protesting at the funerals for two Lafayette movie theater shooting victims may violate the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Sunday Jindal's intentions were honorable, but his order was "misguided." ... more »
  • ACLU, others sue Jindal over marriage executive order Play Video

    June 30, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU and several others filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order creating protections for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. New Orleans law firm Herman and Katz filed the suit on behalf of... more »
  • ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill

    September 23, 2014 3:02 PM

    PHOENIX - The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona says a new state law making so-called "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists and even historians. The ACLU alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the law is so broadly written that it can make any... more »
  • ACLU sues over NSA phone records program

    June 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW YORK - Two prominent civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over its program that reportedly collects the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say in a lawsuit filed... more »

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