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Lambda Legal Announces Plans for Federal Marriage Case in VA

Lambda Legal Announces Plans for Federal Marriage Case in VA
Lambda Legal, alongside the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), announced yesterday that it is in the planning stages of a new federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Virginia.
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FBI Uses Loopholes, Not Warrants, to Access Private Emails

FBI Uses Loopholes, Not Warrants, to Access Private Emails
Despite widely held assumptions by the US public that a search warrant would be needed in order for law enforcement officials to search personal email accounts, newly discovered documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, reveal just how far off those assumptions have become.
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Stop and Frisk: Why It's Good for Everyone

Stop and Frisk: Why It's Good for Everyone
Finally, the trial many New Yorkers and those who care about civil liberties, racial profiling and the criminal injustice system across the U.S. is underway in the New York City Federal Courthouse at Pearl Street.
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IL Court Denies Motion to Stay Marriage Cases

IL Court Denies Motion to Stay Marriage Cases
Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division denied a motion to stay the cases brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking marriage for same-sex couples. The motion attempted to delay any action in the case pending decisions in two federal marriage cases up for review in the SCOTUS: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.
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DADT Discharged Troops to Receive Full Pay

DADT Discharged Troops to Receive Full Pay
Former service members who are part of a class action lawsuit challenging a Defense Department policy that cuts in half the separation pay of those who have been honorably discharged for "homosexuality" will receive their full pay after a settlement announced Monday.
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CO Marijuana Decriminalization Ad Features Denver Police Hero

A strong new TV ad airing statewide in support of Amendment 64 features a highly decorated former Denver Police Lieutenant explaining why his 36 years of experience on the force led him to believe that "regulating marijuana like alcohol means safer communities."
In the ad, DPD Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient Tony Ryan says:
There's plenty to do without having to spend all your time going around and looking for a marijuana bust. It's a matter of setting your priorities.
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Privacy Concerns Over New FBI Facial Recognition System

In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology, civil liberties, and domestic security by affirming some incontrovertible facts. “You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can’t change your fingerprint, and you can’t change your face,” Franken said. “Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble.”
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Gay Couple Wins Discrimination Lawsuit

A Vermont inn will pay a fine of $10,000 and will place $20,000 in a charitable trust as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple who were told the inn wouldn't host their wedding reception because they were gay...Ming Linsley and Kate Linsley (nee Baker) of New York contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Vermont after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings," the inn did not host "gay receptions." The ACLU filed suit on the plaintiffs' behalf. The Vermont Human Rights Commission later intervened as a co-plaintiff in the proceedings.
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