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ACLU warns Virginia law enforcement about ICE detainers

Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia made public a letter it sent earlier this month to Virginia’s sheriffs, local and regional jail authorities, and adult and juvenile corrections officials asking these officials to deny future requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep people in custody who otherwise are free to be released.


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ACLU of Virginia announces new board, staff

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is pleased to announce the election of new officers and members to its Board of Directors and the addition of its Tony Dunn Legal Fellow.


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ACLU urges Virginia AG not to gut drone moratorium

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today released a letter mailed to Attorney General Mark Herring regarding a pending request from the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Wise County/City of Norton for an official opinion that would create an exception to Virginia’s drone moratorium law.


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ACLU supports President Obama’s non-discrimination executive order

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today expressed strong support for President Obama’s decision to amend existing federal Executive Orders to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and the federal government.


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ACLU statement on Riley v. California Supreme Court decision

American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Riley v. California.


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ACLU raises issue with Chesterfield prayer policy

The Chesterfield County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not permit only “ordained religious leaders of monotheistic religions” to offer prayers before board meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia say.


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Use of restraints on pregnant inmates limited by new rules

The ACLU of Virginia celebrates regulations that took effect today limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women in all Virginia jails.


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ACLU applauds Gov. McAuliffe for taking action on regulations limiting the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners

The ACLU of Virginia joins a diverse coalition of faith-based organizations, women’s rights advocates, and prison reform groups in applauding Governor McAuliffe’s final approval of regulations limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women in local and regional jails.


gay-equality

Appeals court allows Virginia marriage cases to be heard together

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted on Monday a motion to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey that had been filed by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on behalf of a class of all Virginia’s same-sex couples simultaneously challenging the state’s marriage ban in its own case, Harris v. Rainey.


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ACLU, Lambda Legal seek to intervene in federal marriage case in Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia, and Lambda Legal filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to intervene on behalf of all Virginia’s same-sex couples and their families in Bostic v. Rainey.


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Federal court overturns Virginia same sex marriage ban

A federal court in Virginia has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional, but the ruling was suspended in anticipation of an appeal, meaning no same sex marriages will yet be recognized in Virginia pending that appeal.


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Virginia same-sex marriage case given class action status

A federal district court in Virginia on Friday certified as a class action a lawsuit challenging the Commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage, extending the scope of those represented in the lawsuit to all same-sex couples in the Commonwealth.


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ACLU applauds attorney general’s conclusion on same sex marriage bans

The Virginia attorney general announced today that his office has concluded Virginia’s bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional, and he will no longer defend legal challenges to the bans now pending in federal court.


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Federal court denies motion to dismiss in Virginia marriage case

A federal court denied a motion from the Staunton Circuit Court Clerk Monday seeking dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year on behalf of two couples by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia, Lambda Legal, and the law firm Jenner and Block, will move forward.


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ACLU of Virginia Election Day hotline to help voters with problems at polls

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia will offer an election hotline to answer questions from voters who encounter problems at the polls on Election Day. Most problems at the polls arise from a combination of voters not knowing their rights and poll workers not being sufficiently informed about election law.