Author: J. Bennett Guess, Author at ACLU of Ohio

  • 06.28.19

    Gerrymandering Won’t Prevail, The People Will!

    Protest - ACLU Voter

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court completely abdicated its judicial responsibility to ensure that the fundamentals of our democratic system — like fair elections — are strong and sound. It’s a sad day.

    The Court’s broad 5-4 decision — instructing all federal courts to henceforth stay out of cases involving the most extreme partisan gerrymandering — is a gut-punch to all who insist that voters must choose their politicians, not the other way around.

  • 06.11.19

    Cleveland Councilman Wanting More Prayer at Meetings Must Support True, Not Token, Religious Diversity

    Church and State Cross Streets

    The First Amendment guarantees all persons the right to practice their faith without government intrusion, including the right to abstain from religious belief or expression altogether.

    This goes to the heart of what it means to be American. The Constitution’s insistence on religious freedom makes our personal liberties genuine.

  • 01.18.19

    Why this gay man cares passionately about protecting Roe v. Wade

    My Body Belongs To Me

    A reflection to commemorate the 46th anniversary of “Roe”

    Every civil libertarian I’ve met, it seems, has their own personal story about why protecting essential freedoms is deeply personal. I am no different.

    Since my earliest days as an activist, two issues – LGBTQ rights and abortion rights – have resonated strongly with me.

  • 11.09.18

    A Post-Election Message

    You Are Powerful, Ohio

    On Wednesday morning we woke up to an Ohio that looks very similar to the one we said goodnight to on Tuesday.

    We still face a mass incarceration crisis, we lack workable solutions to a deadly opioid epidemic, and the same lawmakers who opposed Ballot Issue 1 provide us with no plans for moving ahead.