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Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

06 October 2014 Published in Newsroom
We are thrilled with the decision this morning by the United States Supreme Court to deny cert in all seven pending petitions in the marriage cases, including the Utah case Kitchen v. Herbert.

ACLU of Utah and Salt Lake County Settle Lawsuit Regarding Immigration Detention Policies

25 August 2014 Published in Newsroom
Enrique Uroza and Salt Lake County have settled a civil-rights lawsuit against the County and Sheriff Jim Winder. Mr. Uroza alleged that County jail officials had unlawfully detained him to investigate his immigration status in the summer of 2011.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay, Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Not Be Recognized Pending Appeal

18 July 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah.  

Federal Appeals Court Orders Recognition of Valid Marriages of Utah Same-Sex Couples

14 July 2014 Published in Newsroom
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Utah's request to suspend a lower court ruling ordering Utah to recognize the over 1,000 marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah.

Federal Appeals Court Declares Utah Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

25 June 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Civil Rights Coalition Victorious in Lawsuit against Utah Anti-Immigrant Law

18 June 2014 Published in Newsroom
A federal district court today issued a decision blocking several components of Utah’s HB 497, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law passed in 2011 that threatened the basic civil rights of all Utahns.

Utah Judge Orders Recognition of Valid Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

19 May 2014 Published in Newsroom
A federal judge ordered the state today to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally married in Utah in December 2013 & January 2014.

ACLU of Utah Files Friend of Court Brief in Prosecution Based on Egregious Breach of Medical Privacy

14 April 2014 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah and ACLU filed a legal brief in support of a Utah paramedic whose Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police swept up his confidential prescription records in a dragnet search.

ACLU Sues Utah for Not Recognizing Valid Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

21 January 2014 Published in Newsroom
A lawsuit was filed today in Utah state court on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah after a federal court struck down a state ban.

ACLU of Utah Sends Letter to Attorney General Explaining Why Marriages of Same Sex Couples are Valid and Enforceable

08 January 2014 Published in Newsroom
This morning, 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.

Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Marriages for Same-Sex Couples in Utah

06 January 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court today granted a request from Utah’s attorney general to temporarily put a halt to marriages for same-sex couples.

Federal Court Declares Utah Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

20 December 2013 Published in Newsroom
A federal court today declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The challenge to the law was brought by three Utah couples.

ACLU Scholarship Program Seeks High School Activists, Offers Financial Aid For College in 2014

11 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah’s Youth Activist Scholarship Program, now in its seventh year, recognizes Utah high school seniors who are passionate about civil liberties, and have taken a stand to show it. Three winners, selected by a committee of educators and community leaders, are each awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 13, 2014.

Federal Court Rules UDOT Free Speech Policies Unconstitutional

05 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The federal district court in Utah struck down as unconstitutional UDOT’s insurance and indemnification requirements for groups and individuals seeking permits to march on state highways.

Brigham City "Free Speech Zone" Ordinance Lawsuit Settled After City Repeals Ordinance

02 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The Main Street Church of Brigham City has settled its lawsuit challenging Brigham City’s “Free Speech Zone” Ordinance. The suit alleged that the Ordinance violated the Utah and United States Constitutions because it required a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposed civil and criminal penalties for failing to comply. The ACLU of Utah filed the suit on behalf of Main Street Church after the City relied on the Ordinance to bar the church from passing out pamphlets on certain sidewalks during the Brigham City LDS Temple Open House. After the lawsuit was filed, the City agreed to allow a limited number of Main Street Church representatives to pass out pamphlets on all sidewalks. Brigham City later repealed the Ordinance entirely. That repeal cleared the way for the out-of-court settlement the parties reached.

ACLU of Utah Hails Utah Supreme Court’s Decision Vacating Ogden’s “Gang Injunction”

18 October 2013 Published in Newsroom
In a victory for civil rights, the Utah Supreme Court today vacated the so-called Ogden “Gang Injunction.”  In the case against the injunction, brought by the ACLU of Utah, the Court ruled that Weber County’s tactic of attempting to sue Ogden Trece as an “unincorporated association,” thereby binding hundreds of individuals without having to name any of them, violated Utah’s rules requiring proper service of process.

ACLU Asks Federal Court to Strike Down Utah Marriage Ban

17 October 2013 Published in Newsroom
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah today submitted a “friend of the court” brief in support of in support of Kitchen v. Herbert, a case challenging Utah's a ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Kitchen v. Herbert. The ACLU brief calls for a heightened level of scrutiny to be placed on any law that discriminates against same-sex couples and their families.

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Core Section of the "Defense of Marriage Act" Unconstitutional

26 June 2013 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that section three of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act" is unconstitutional and that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections. Today's ruling is a historic victory for gay and lesbian Americans and a tremendous step forward for the cause of equality. Read more >>

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Use Of Tear Gas In Utah State Prison's Mental Health Wing

04 June 2013 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a group of prisoners at the Utah State Prison. The case involves an incident in August 2011 in which corrections officers released a tear gas canister in the Olympus wing of the Utah State Prison to subdue a single prisoner. The tear gas entered the air ventilation system and seeped into cells that have no windows or bars, affecting about 150 inmates. The inmates were left to breathe the noxious gas for about 20 minutes, and many feared for their lives. The Olympus wing is the mental health wing of the prison; it also houses prisoners with severe medical conditions.

ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation into Police Use of Military Technology & Tactics

06 March 2013 Published in Newsroom
Militarization of Local Law Enforcement Erodes Civil Liberties, Encourages Overly Aggressive Policing - The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and 22 other ACLU affiliates across the country are simultaneously filing over 255 public records requests to determine the extent to which local police departments are using federally subsidized military technology and tactics that are traditionally used overseas.