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Introducing the ACLU's NSA Documents Database

03 April 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The national ACLU has created a complete, and easily searchable, database of documents to help facilitate the public debate on the legality and propriety of the government's surveillance practices.

Only in America: 16-Year-Old Locked Up for the Rest of His Life

31 March 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Juwan Wickware wasn't the shooter. But he and more than 2,500 others nationwide will enter prison as teenagers, grow into adults, and die – all behind bars.

Utah Legislators Stood Up For Fourth Amendment

17 March 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Utah Legislature was divided this year, but the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one place where legislators found common ground.

Court Hears Arguments in Marriage Equality Case

13 March 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, U.S. Federal Judge Kimball heard oral arguments in the ACLU of Utah’s case Evans et al. v. State of Utah et al. We argued that Utah must recognize the marriages of all the same-sex couples who were given county licenses, and legally wed, after a Federal Court decision on December 20, 2013, declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of that decision on January 6, 2014, halting all further same-sex marriages pending appeal. During that 17 day period over 1,000 couples were legally married. We felt that the hearing went well. The judge asked good questions from both sides and is now considering the arguments. We await his decision with great anticipation. We are grateful for our courageous plaintiffs and our co-counsels, Josh Block of the national ACLU LGBT Project, and the law firm of Strindberg & Scholnick. See some photos of the plaintiffs and attorneys after the hearing >> More information about this case, including all documents filed in court >> Salt Lake Tribune: Utah’s decision to freeze same-sex marriages debated in court (3/12/14) >> Fox 13 Video: Judge to decide if Utah…

To Protect Privacy, Utah Attorney General Gives Away Some of His Power

05 March 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In February 2014, the attorney general for the state of Utah did something remarkable, something that law enforcement officials hardly ever do: He willingly gave away some of his power.

My Liberation Is Bound With Yours

19 February 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
A couple of newsletters ago, I discussed the importance of recognizing the interdependence of everyone’s rights.  I ended my thoughts with this quote by Lila Watson, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.  But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

My Big Gay (Il)Legal Wedding

14 February 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The national ACLU is chipping in to help 5 same-sex couples have a Big, Gay, (Il)legal Wedding to highlight the unfair patchwork of state marriage laws and why the freedom to marry is so important.

Take Action Against Mass Government Surveillance

11 February 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
You can: support the USA Freedom Act; oppose the FISA Improvements Act; protect people around the globe; and protect encryption standards.

It's Like You're Sold a Dream

30 January 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
I lost my drive after my older brother Rufus was sentenced. I didn't care. I didn't trust. That was my attitude.

Lawsuit To Ensure That Utah Honors Marriage Seeks To Protect All

23 January 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
We are grateful to all of those who expressed their desire to be plaintiffs in the recently filed lawsuit to ensure that Utah honors marriage. We are deeply committed to ensuring equality for all married same sex couples in Utah, and this case moves that goal forward by seeking to require the State to again honor the marriages of those who relied on licenses that Utah issued. After considerable analysis, we chose not to bring a formal class action so we could move the case forward as quickly as possible. Please know, however, that the result we seek in this case is for Utah to recognize and honor the marriages of all same sex couples with Utah licenses, whether or not they are named plaintiffs. And know that this court case is only one of the ways that we are working to bring marriage equality to everyone throughout Utah and the nation. We would like everyone who contacted us to know that the information and input you provided was invaluable and helped shape the case. There will be many ways in the months ahead that we can all work together to broaden the understanding and education about same sex marriage…

Stripped of Recognition

21 January 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Today, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Utah to force the state to continue recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples who were legally married.

Support the USA FREEDOM Act to rein in NSA spying

17 January 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Did you watch President Obama's speech on NSA reforms?  Here is the ACLU analysis and call to support the USA FREEDOM Act to rein in NSA spying.

This Is What Respect for Marriage Looks Like

10 January 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On Friday, Attorney General Holder confirmed that the federal government would continue recognizing the nearly 1,400 marriages issued to same-sex couples in Utah. 

Marriage Equality

08 January 2014 Published in Legal Advocacy
On January 8, 2014, the ACLU of Utah sent Attorney General Sean Reyes a letter explaining the reasons that the over 1,000 marriages of same sex couples performed in Utah are valid and enforceable and must be recognized by the state and federal governments.  

How to Honor Mandela's Legacy

10 December 2013 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
By Jamil Dakwar, Director, national ACLU Human Rights Program -  Today's celebrations of international Human Rights Day coincide with the commemoration of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela – the freedom fighter, political prisoner, African National Congress leader, and first president of post-apartheid South Africa. More than 90 world leaders, including Barack Obama attended Mandela's memorial service today, where the president gave a passionate eulogy, telling tens of thousands that Mandela "speaks to what's best inside us." Read more >>  

My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding

10 December 2013 Published in Audio and Video
Do you dream of marrying your same-sex partner but are blocked by Utah state laws? The national ACLU wants to hear from you - and may even foot the bill for your ‘Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding’…   

Alone and Afraid: Children Held in Solitary Confinement and Isolation

20 November 2013 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
 This morning, the national ACLU released Alone and Afraid: Children Held in Solitary Confinement and Isolation in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities.

Virtual Rally against NSA surveillance

20 October 2013 Published in Past Events
October 26th, Washington D.C., and around the world. 

ACLU of Utah Honors the Life of Frank Cordova

08 October 2013 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The ACLU of Utah joins friends and colleagues across Utah in mourning the passing of Frank Cordova. Frank was a fearless and determined advocate for racial and social justice.