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(Married couple Michael Knaapen and John Becker kiss after hearing the US Supreme Court decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.  Credit: Mark Wilson/ Getty Images)

ACLU Hopes Supreme Court’s DOMA ‘No’ Will Topple the Pennsylvania Domino

The American Civil Liberties Union is going to court to end the ban on gay marriage in Pennsylvania.

07/09/2013

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New Pa. Law Will Prohibit Obamacare Insurance Coverage For Most Abortions

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill that will prohibit coverage of most abortions by insurance policies to be offered through a federally run insurance “exchange” being set up as part of the new federal health care law.

06/17/2013

(A sign outside a Penndot office advertises the availability of voter ID cards which the law, later delayed, would have required on Election Day.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Arizona Voter ID Law Overturned; Little Effect Seen on Pennsylvania Law

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law will be argued in Commonwealth Court next month but, according to ACLU attorney Vic Walczak, who represents the plaintiffs challenging the law, the issues are completely different.

06/17/2013

Transgender Student May Wear Boy’s Graduation Gown

A transgender student in central Pennsylvania will be allowed to wear a boy’s colors to next month’s graduation ceremony but will be identified by his female name, a resolution the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday doesn’t go far enough.

05/06/2013

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Civil Rights Groups Call For Moratorium On Philly Death Penalty Prosecutions

A coalition of civil rights groups kicked off a new campaign at a rally Saturday at the First United Church of Germantown.

05/04/2013

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Pa. Lawmakers Urge Norristown To Overturn Its Rule Limiting 911 Calls By Renters

The ordinance calls for financial penalties for a landlord who has a tenant who calls police at least three times during a four-month period.

04/30/2013

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ACLU Warns Pa. School District In Debate Concerning Transgender Student

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue if a Pennsylvania school district doesn’t allow a transgender student to run for prom king, even though the student is registered under his female birth name and has acknowledged his diploma will be issued in that female name, too.

04/26/2013

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ACLU Challenges Norristown Property Eviction Ordinance

The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit against Norristown yesterday afternoon, challeging an ordinance it says punishes innocent tenants and their landlords for requesting assistance from police.

04/25/2013

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Privacy Advocates Call For Improved Mobile Security

Cell phone makers and wireless service providers aren’t doing enough to keep our calls and texts secure.

04/14/2013

(Graphs from ACLU report.  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

ACLU Says Philadelphia Cops Still Misusing ‘Stop and Frisk’ Procedure

A federal judge continues to oversee an agreement between the ACLU and the Nutter administration in which the police department agreed to better train officers on the use of “stop and frisk.”

03/19/2013

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ACLU: Voter ID Agreement ‘Good News For Voters’

The parties in the voter ID case agree that voters will not need to show photo ID at the polls in order to vote in May. They filed the agreement with the court Thursday.

02/15/2013

(A sign outside a Penndot office advertises the availability of voter ID cards which the law, later delayed, would have required on Election Day.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Plaintiffs In Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Ask Judge To Extend Block On The Law

The plaintiffs in the voter ID case are set to file papers today asking the Commonwealth Court to extend the block on the voter ID law. It was stopped only for the November election.

02/07/2013

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ACLU Sues On Behalf of Philadelphia Student Arrested For Videotaping Police Activity

An ACLU attorney says Temple student Christopher Montgomery used his iPhone in January 2011 to record an altercation involving police and a mob in center city, and was arrested.

01/16/2013

(Notices posted in English and Spanish by the Committee of 70 alerted voters that they did not need to show ID cards for last November's election.)

Challenge to Pa. Voter ID Law Likely To Drag Beyond May 2013 Primary

ACLU legal director Vic Walczak says the judge will likely schedule a hearing between now and May to determine whether to block the law for the primary.

12/13/2012

(A sign at a Penndot center advertises that it offers a new, less stringent form of ID card usable only for voting purposes.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Is Back In Court Today

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is expected to layout the timeline for the remainder of the case, including the date when a final decision on the voter ID law could be made.

12/13/2012

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