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ACLU of Utah Calls for Action on Utah’s Failing Indigent Defense System

26 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah will launch its “YES ON SIX” campaign this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 a.m.  In 2011, the ACLU documented the inadequacies of Utah’s indigent system in a report called “Failing Gideon."

US Dept of Education to Investigate SLC School District for Discrimination Against Minority Students

19 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights will investigate multiple allegations of racial discrimination against students of color in the Salt Lake City School District.

People Not Prisons: With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way

12 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”

Hunger Strikers at Utah State Prison Have ACLU of Utah's Support

02 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Prisoners at Utah State Prison in Draper have launched a hunger strike against restrictive housing conditions that keep them in their cells for 47 out of 48 hours.

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.