Press Releases

  • 06.26.13

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Proposition 8

    SCOTUS Decision is a Major Victory for LGBT Equality in California

    CLEVELAND, OH – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The court dismissed the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, on the basis that the supporters of Proposition 8 lacked the legal standing to challenge an earlier court Read more…

    LGBT Rights
  • 06.26.13

    Pay-to-Stay Jail Fees Just Don’t Add Up

    ACLU Report Shows Aggressive Jail Fees Fail to Balance Budgets While Making Reentry Even Harder for Inmates

    CINCINNATI – Today, the ACLU of Ohio released Adding It Up, a report that analyzes “pay-to-stay” programs at three Ohio jails (Fairfield County Jail, Hamilton County Jail and Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail), and concludes that charging inmates for their incarceration is not the revenue generator it appears to be. “Counties that implement aggressive jail fee Read more…

    Prisoners' Rights
  • 06.26.13

    Supreme Court Strikes Down the Core of DOMA

    ACLU Victory Marks Historic Moment For the LGBT Equality Movement

    CLEVELAND, OH – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down the core of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In United States v. Windsor, the court found that DOMA unconstitutionally discriminates against legally married same-sex couples by excluding them from the hundreds of federal benefits and responsibilities given to legally Read more…

    LGBT Rights
  • 06.04.13

    New Report Shows African Americans Use Marijuana at a Rate Similar to Whites, But Are Four Times More Likely to be Arrested

    CLEVELAND, OH – Despite similar usage rates, African Americans in Ohio were four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites in 2010, according to a new report released today by the ACLU. The report, Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests, is the first ever Read more…

    Drug Policy, Racial Justice
  • 05.31.13

    ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Columbus Permit Rules

    Ordinance Allows City to Pick and Choose What Political Speech Gets Heard

    COLUMBUS – Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit against the city of Columbus in U.S. District Court on behalf of Occupy Columbus. According to the lawsuit, the city targeted political speech, including protests, with a 2012 ordinance specifically designed to make it harder for them to express their messages in Read more…

    Free Speech
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