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Appeals court rules in favor of transgender student in Virginia restroom access case

An appeals court ruled in favor of a transgender male student in his challenge to Gloucester High School’s discriminatory restroom policy.

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ACLU joins coalition urging veto of bill on sexually explicit materials in schools

The ACLU of Virginia is urging a veto of a bill that would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in educational materials.

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ACLU of Virginia asks governor to restore voting rights

The ACLU of Virginia has repeated its call on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to act now to restore the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Virginians.

Bill allowing discrimination against LGBT passes Senate committee

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted Monday to advance a bill that would effectively sanction a form of LGBT discrimination.

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No sh-t? ACLU backs bill decriminalizing public profanity

The ACLU of Virginia has asked a House of Delegates committee to approve a bill that would decriminalize use of profanity in public.

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ACLU on Republican primary pledge: Two wrongs don’t make a right

The ACLU argued that the State Board of Elections should not grant a Republican request to withdraw a requirement that primary voters affirm their party ID.

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ACLU urges governor to stop solitary confinement

The ACLU of Virginia has called on Gov. McAuliffe to stop the practice of solitary confinement in the state’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers.

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Virginia ECPA would keep personal data private

The ACLU of Virginia today announced its support for the Virginia Electronic Privacy Communications Act.

LGBT advocates fight back on equal rights

Virginia’s leading advocates for LGBT rights denounced an all-out attack on the rights of that community in nine bills currently before the legislature.

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ACLU of Virginia backs Parole Commission recommendations

The ACLU of Virginia released the following statement regarding publication of the full report of the Governor’s Commission on Parole Review.

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ACLU urges Attorney General Mark Herring to oppose policing for profit

The ACLU has called on Attorney General Mark Herring to change his stance on law enforcement’s ability to seize property without a criminal conviction.

Petersburg settles in free speech case

The City of Petersburg and its mayor have agreed to a settlement in the case of a resident who was denied the right to speak at a city council meeting because he had not paid an unrelated fine to the city.

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ACLU of Virginia statement on Roanoke mayor Syrian refugee comments

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga issued the following statement on comments made by Roanoke Mayor David Bowers concerning Syrian refugees.

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ACLU backs Gov. McAuliffe on Syrian refugees

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that Virginia will not be among the states that are seeking to block Syrian refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks on France last week.

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ACLU of Virginia launches The People’s Body-Cam

The ACLU of Virginia’s new, free smart phone app – titled Mobile Justice VA – gives users new power to document law enforcement situations for review by ACLU attorneys.

ACLU of Virginia opposes government cancellation of Redskins trademark

The ACLU of Virginia, the ACLU of the National Capitol Area and the national ACLU today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the cancellation of the Washington National Football League team’s trademarks on the grounds they are “disparaging.”

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ACLU available to assist voters denied poll access

Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the ACLU of Virginia for help.

ACLU: New state law needed for police body-worn cams

New state law is needed to address an alarming lack of depth and uniformity among policies guiding local police use of body-worn cameras in Virginia, an ACLU of Virginia report has concluded.

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Transgender student asks appeals court to stop Virginia school’s discriminatory restroom policy

Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student in Gloucester County, Va., today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to stop his school district from enforcing a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use “alternative private” restroom facilities.

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ACLU of Virginia decries Alfredo Prieto execution

The ACLU of Virginia issueda statement with regard to the execution of Alfredo Prieto on Thursday night.

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ACLU of Virginia urges Governor McAuliffe to stop execution

The ACLU of Virginia has issued a statement with regard to the pending execution of Alfredo Prieto.

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Federal court rules against transgender student seeking to use appropriate restroom at school

A federal court in Virginia today ruled against a transgender male student who sought a preliminary injunction to resume using the boys’ restrooms at Gloucester High School when school begins this fall.

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Judge denies Fairfax County request to dismiss ACLU case challenging unlawful police surveillance

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll denied the Fairfax County Police Department’s request to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU of Virginia challenging the FCPD’s use of automatic license plate readers to unlawfully collect the personal information of law-abiding Virginians.

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ACLU of Virginia recommends reforms to bring constitutional policing to Fairfax County

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on Wednesday forwarded to the Chair of the Fairfax Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission its recommendations regarding reforms the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) should make to restore civilian authority over and ensure public trust in law enforcement.

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ACLU of Virginia sues Petersburg for violating activist’s right to speak at city council meetings

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a lawsuit today against the City of Petersburg for violating the First Amendment rights of a resident who was prohibited from speaking at a city council meeting solely because he owed an unpaid fine to the City.