Posts Tagged ‘ACLU’
Everything that needs to be said about Fred Phelps’ passing

Everything that needs to be said about Fred Phelps’ passing

More interesting reading: The Trevor Project: crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ Youth The American Civil Liberties Union

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Decriminalizing vs. legalizing weed—who’s right, and what’s the difference?

Decriminalizing vs. legalizing weed—who’s right, and what’s the difference?

When U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz broke the news to Philadelphia Weekly that she’d support decriminalizing simple marijuana possession at the state level, some were a bit shocked. After all, Schwartz had never expressed any interest in decriminalizing the plant. Her most recent score by the National Organization to Reform Marijuana...

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PA Voter ID law struck down. Now what?

PA Voter ID law struck down. Now what?

Almost two years ago, the Pennsylvania state Legislature passed a party-lined bill which created a Voter ID requirement during Pennsylvania elections. This morning, a judge ruled that law is illegal. The ruling is neither the first nor the last, and sets the stage for perhaps a final fight in the seemingly never-ending saga. “Voting laws are designed to...

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Same-sex marriage suit stays alive in PA

Same-sex marriage suit stays alive in PA

Every northeastern state except Pennsylvania allows same-sex marriage, but that got one step closer to changing today. The federal judge in the suit that is attempting to legalize love in the commonwealth denied three different attempts by the state of Pennsylvania to dismiss the lawsuit, meaning the case will likely head to trial and, perhaps, eventually the...

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Corbett trying to toss ACLU same-sex marriage lawsuit

Corbett trying to toss ACLU same-sex marriage lawsuit

Over the summer, you couldn’t go too far without hearing of legal cases involving LGBT couples attempting to get married in Pennsylvania. It began with Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s refusal to defend the state against an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, and continued with Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes issuing marriage licenses...

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Lawsuit filed in PA to allow marriage equality

Lawsuit filed in PA to allow marriage equality

The American Civil Liberties Union is holding a press conference in the Capitol this morning to announce a new lawsuit in Pennsylvania: They’ll be suing on behalf of 23 Pennsylvanians who want to get married or want Pennsylvania to recognize their out-of-state marriage. The lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act and refusal to marry lesbian...

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West Philly woman taking on city over police observation arrest

It was June 15, 2011, and West Philly resident Alexine Fleck was walking her dog on Larchwood Avenue near her home. She saw a man, she tells me over coffee at Gold Standard Café on Baltimore Ave., who “wasn’t in a very happy place.” She asked him if he was OK. He said yes. She moved on. Some time later, after returning her dog home, she again walked down...

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How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on DNA collection impact justice in PA?

Earlier this week, in a divisive 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States determined that it is perfectly Constitutional for police to routinely collect DNA samples from some arrestees—even if they’ve never been convicted, and possibly even if they’re never formally charged with a crime. The court’s sharply polarized opinion reveals that the...

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ACLU marijuana report offers new insight into growing problem that has an obvious solution

ACLU marijuana report offers new insight into growing problem that has an obvious solution

The ACLU released a scathing report yesterday putting numbers on a growing, disturbing trend we were already keen on. In Philadelphia and nationwide, blacks people are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, despite the fact that both races use marijuana at the same rate. According to an analysis of federal data, blacks are four...

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Philly Politician Wants Drone Rules

With the Cabinet nominations of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and John Brennan for the CIA director has come a heightened talk of drone warfare and the fear that governments could soon be using the technology here, on us. But state Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia) isn’t taking any chances. He’s reintroducing legislation that would put harsh restrictions...

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