On April 16, 2014, The Ohio Board of Education (BOE) voted to exclude sexual orientation from its nondiscrimination policy, sending a clear message to LGBT educators; you are not welcome or valued in Ohio classrooms.
Right now in Ohio, teachers can be fired simply for being perceived as gay, lesbian, or transgender.
On April 3, 2014, the ACLU of Ohio toured the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF), a high security prison located in southern Ohio better known by the moniker “Lucasville.”
Below are some reflections on our visit to SOCF, from three of the staff members who visited the facility.
Privacy isn’t about hiding your information. Privacy is about controlling your information. That’s why automatic license plate readers (ALPR’s) are so troubling.
There’s nothing new about police officers checking individual license plates sporadically throughout the day. But a machine that scans every single plate that passes by 24/7 is something totally different.
This week, Federal Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who are legally married in other states.
The decision does not require Ohio to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It only requires Ohio to recognize marriages performed in other states.
* ACLU of Ohio Mentioned
- Chief Justice O’Connor slams door on debtors’ prisons – Youngstown Vindicator, 4/6*
- City to review board’s closed-door policy – Dayton Daily News, 4/6*
- Supreme Court won’t hear case on gay wedding snub – USA Today, 4/7
- Lax rules harm accountability – Columbus Dispatch, 4/7
- Legislators threaten to slash Cuyahoga County funding over FitzGerald absentee ballot mailings – Cleveland.com,
* ACLU of Ohio Mentioned
- Parents threaten to sink Elyria Schools renewal – Elyria Chronicle Telegram, 3/22*
- Bus ride to Mount Airy simulates voter trek – Cincinatti Enquirer, 3/22
- Ohio’s false-statement law is unconstitutional – Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/23*
- Prayer continues to raise eyebrows in the Falls – Akron Beacon Journal, 3/2
- ACLU wants supreme court to review shackling of juveniles – Journal News, 3/23*
- Dayton leaders want voting changes repealed – Dayton Daily News, 3/23
- Council might vote Monday on proposed meth lab law – Chillicothe Gazette, 3/24*
- Complainers list holds risks – Columbus Dispatch, 3/24
- Too many suspensions, too few science courses plague minority schools – Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/25
- Savings for proposed online voting registration may not reach expectations from Husted, legislators – Cleveland.com,
Ohio is failing its children. From shackling of non-violent juveniles, to secluding school children with disabilities, to isolating children with mental illnesses, the rights and health of children are being ignored.
Children held in solitary confinement suffer extreme harm. It leads to developmental delays and increases in mental illness.
Today is the first day of early voting in Ohio; it also marks the last hoorah for “Golden Week,” the brief window of opportunity where someone can register and vote at the same time that has been so very important to low-income voters.