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Utah Federal Court Rules Same-Sex Mothers’ Parentage Rights Must Be Recognized

15 July 2015 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah federal court ruled Wednesday that the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics must recognize a same-sex married couple as legal parents of their child. The case was argued before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson whose ruling holds that the state must apply Utah’s assisted reproduction parentage statute equally to same and different-sex spouses. “The court's decision makes clear that Utah must provide the same benefits, protections, and obligations to married same-sex couples that it provides to every other married couple,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project. “Utah's assisted conception statutes were passed to ensure that children have the protection of two legal parents from the moment they are born. The state could not identify any reason at all to explain why it should be able to deny that same protection to Angie and Kami's family.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah brought Roe v. Patton on behalf of plaintiffs Angie and Kami Roe, arguing that the Office’s refusal to recognize female spouses as parents violates their right to equal protection. “We are overjoyed by…

ACLU of Utah Celebrates Historic Supreme Court Ruling On Right Of Same-Sex Couples To Marry

25 June 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah joins millions of colleagues, allies and loved ones all over the country today in celebrating a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion and above all, love!

Utah Court Vacates Petitioner’s Convictions for Violating Ogden Gang Injunction

10 June 2015 Published in Newsroom
Late last week, the Second District Court of Utah filed an order vacating two misdemeanor convictions against Leland McCubbin for violating the so-called Ogden Gang Injunction.

People Not Prisons: Utahns Need to Speak Up For Our Neighbors Behind Bars

18 May 2015 Published in Newsroom
A loose coalition of advocacy groups working on behalf of the mentally ill, people recovering from substance use disorders, and individuals trapped in Utah’s criminal justice system, will host a press conference on Thursday, May 21.

VICTORY! Appeals Court Strikes Down NSA Phone Spying Program in ACLU lawsuit

06 May 2015 Published in Newsroom
In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA’s phone-records surveillance program is unlawful.

Court to Hear Objections to Order Vacating Convictions for Violating Ogden Gang Injunction

21 April 2015 Published in Newsroom
Utah’s Second District Court will hear Weber County and Ogden City’s objections to a proposed order vacating two misdemeanor convictions against Leland McCubbin.

ACLU Brings State to Court Over Recognition of Same-Sex Mothers’ Parentage Rights

12 April 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah and the national ACLU LGBT Project filed a lawsuit today to force the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics to recognize a married same-sex couple as legal parents of their child.

ACLU of Utah and Equality Utah Celebrate SB 296; Reject the Harmful Provisions of HB 322

11 March 2015 Published in Newsroom
Religion does not give us the right to discriminate.  Utah must reject HB 322 because it runs counter to SB 296, and because it sanctions discrimination in the name of religion.

The ACLU of Utah Strongly Opposes SB 297

05 March 2015 Published in Newsroom
This Bill Would Allow Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Utahns. 

ACLU OF UTAH Lauds Bill Providing Protections For Gay and Transgender Utahns

03 March 2015 Published in Newsroom
A historic piece of legislation was introduced today that will provide long-needed, express protections for gay and transgender Utahns from discrimination in housing and employment.

Poll Results: Most Utahns Favor Dropping Penalties for Drug Possession

18 February 2015 Published in Newsroom
Survey by community-based organizations shows that Utahns see drug use as a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue.

Justice Reinvestment Legislation a Step in the Right Direction

17 February 2015 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah cautiously optimistic about HB384, “Correctional Amendments,” criminal justice reform bill based on CCJJ/Pew recommendations.

Utah is ready for criminal justice reform!

08 February 2015 Published in Newsroom
Utahns from all walks of life will gather at the State Capitol tomorrow, February 10, at noon, to raise their voices in support of “Justice Reinvestment.” 

ACLU Comment on Myriad Genetics Settling Patent Lawsuits

27 January 2015 Published in Newsroom
Myriad Genetics, a Utah based company, which held patent claims on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that have been invalidated at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, has recently announced that has settled several lawsuits against other companies that provided testing for those genes.

ACLU of Utah Applauds LDS Church’s Support of Discrimination Protection for Gay and Transgender Utahns

26 January 2015 Published in Newsroom
We hope this support will lead to the enactment of meaningful, state-level legal protections for gay and transgender people in Utah.

Senate Torture Report Shows Need for Accountability

08 December 2014 Published in Newsroom
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence  released the executive summary and findings of its landmark report on the CIA’s rendition, secret detention, and torture program. 

ACLU of Utah Critical of Utah’s Acting As Plaintiff in Lawsuit

03 December 2014 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is disappointed that the State of Utah is a plaintiff to a lawsuit that seeks the deportation of “Dreamers” and the parents of United States citizens and legal permanent residents.

Civil Rights Groups Celebrate Undoing of Utah Anti-Immigrant Law

24 November 2014 Published in Newsroom
Settlement Reached Following Federal Court Decision to Block Key Provisions in Utah’s HB 497 and Impose Limits on Enforcement of “Show me Your Papers” Provision.

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

20 November 2014 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU supports the President for taking necessary action to restore some fairness to our broken immigration system ...

Utah Families Celebrate Historic Breakthrough on Immigration

20 November 2014 Published in Newsroom
A press conference with a panel of experts and activists will take place on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm on the South steps of the Utah State Capitol.