The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case: What You Need to Know

By Ria Tabacco Mar OCTOBER 24, 2017 | 1:00 PM   Five years ago, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Lakewood, Colorado, bakery to purchase a cake for their wedding reception. But the bakery’s owner refused … Continue reading

Colorado’s Alamosa Municipal Court Tramples on the Rights of Poor People

Municipal judges have incredible power over the lives of the people who enter their courtrooms. When these judges refuse to follow the law and instead run their courtrooms like fiefdoms, they can ruin lives. This is starkly true for people already … Continue reading

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions Want to Enshrine a Business Right to Discriminate Into the Constitution

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project   September 7, 2017 Can businesses put up a sign that says, “We Don’t Sell To Gays?” President Trump says yes. Today Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Supreme Court in an amicus … Continue reading

ICE Is Abusing the ACLU’s Clients Because They are Fighting Trump’s Deportation Machine

By Rebecca Wallace, Sara Neel, & Arash Jahanian   AUGUST 31, 2017 | 3:15 PM It was an evening in late July when an ICE guard told France Anwar Elias and several other Iraqi men in immigration custody in Arizona that … Continue reading

FACT SHEET: HB17-1338 – A bill to Promptly Bring Municipal Inmates Before a Judge

MUNICIPAL DEFENDANTS OFTEN LANGUISH IN JAIL ON BONDS THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD Statewide, the difference is striking—municipal defendants languish for weeks in jail on minor charges, while state and county defendants charged with serious offenses are brought promptly before a … Continue reading

Colorado Must Beware of Trump’s Voter Suppression Scheme

It is evident that the Trump administration is about to embark on a nationwide voter suppression campaign to disenfranchise thousands or even millions of voters. This campaign will be based on lies and myths about voter fraud, and it will … Continue reading

Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That’s Up to the Supreme Court Now.

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.  A … Continue reading

The Supreme Court’s Troubling Decision on Funding for Church Playgrounds

By Heather L. Weaver, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief Abandoning a longstanding constitutional protection for the separation of church and state, the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that a church must be allowed to … Continue reading

Congratulations to our 2017 Annual Meeting Award Winners

At our 2017 Annual Meeting, we were proud to recognize the significant contributions to civil rights and civil liberties of The Coalition for Compassion and Action, Xavier Long, Kristin Fasy, Rosie Piller, and Nancy Sobel. The Coalition for Compassion and … Continue reading

Good policy-making (mostly) won out over partisan politics in the 2017 Legislative Session

The post-mortem on this year’s legislative session has been mostly positive. Lawmakers are being applauded for their willingness to place good policy-making above partisan politics. Governor Hickenlooper referred to the 2017 session as “the most productive” since he took office … Continue reading