American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Kentucky filed an
amended complaint on behalf of five families last month against the
Breckinridge County Middle Schools, asserting that instituting
sex-segregated classes is both illegal and discriminatory. The ACLU lawsuit expands on a previous KY lawsuit to include the U.S. Department of Education, arguing that its 2006 changes to Title IX regulations allowing schools increased flexibility in implementing single-sex classes and programs is also illegal.
Until November 2006 Title IX regulations prohibited single-sex
education unless it was implemented to overcome sex discrimination or
met narrowly defined exceptions, such as contact sports. However, the 2006 final regulations
issued by the Department of Education loosened Title IX regulations
significantly. Currently, single sex programs are permitted as long as
they achieve "an important governmental or educational objective."
The ACLU lawsuit claims that sex-segregation violates the 14th Amendment, Title IX, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act.
While ACLU has fought other cases regarding single-sex education in
school districts, this is the first case to directly challenge the 2006
Media Resources: ACLU 5/19/2008, U.S. Department of Education, Feminist Majority Foundation
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Supreme Court: Habeas corpus is terror detainees' right
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rebuked the Bushadministration yesterday for a third time for its handling of the rights ofterrorism detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, saying those in custody therehave a constitutional right to challenge their captivity in federal courts.By a 5-4 vote that brought strongly worded and remorseful dissents from thecourt's conservative justices, the majority held that an alternative proceduredesigned by the administration and Congress was inadequate to ensure that thedetainees, some of whom have been imprisoned for six years without a hearing,receive their day in court."The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force,in extraordinary times," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote. "Liberty and security canbe reconciled; and in our system they are reconciled within the framework ofthe law."
ACLU Unveils Big Expansion Plans for U.S. Heartland
NEW YORK (AP) - TheAmerican Civil Liberties Union announced by far the largest fundraisingcampaign in its 88-year history Monday, eying a dramatic expansion ofits work on social justice issues in relatively conservative statessuch as Texas and Florida.
The campaign's goal is $335million, with $258 million already raised through behind-the-scenessolicitations over the past year, ACLU executive director AnthonyRomero said.
Major donors include billionaire financier George Soros, who gave $12 million through his Open Society Institute.
"Thepurpose is to build a civil liberties infrastructure in the middle ofthe country — where battleground states are often under-resourced andour efforts are most needed," Romero said.
He cited issues suchas immigrants' rights, gay rights, police brutality and opposition tothe death penalty as causes that would be pursued vigorously as theACLU expanded in heartland states. At present, the ACLU's biggestoffices are in the Northeast, the Pacific states and Illinois; targetsfor expansion include Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, NewMexico and Tennessee, with even the smallest ACLU affiliates in line toget extra funding to hire new attorneys and launch new advocacyprograms.
By Tom Loftus •
Recopied from: Courier-Journal of Louisville, June 5th, 2008.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear yesterday granted employment
protections for gays and lesbians in state government, one of three
executive orders he made reversing policies of his predecessor.
The other two fulfill campaign promises he made to labor groups:
giving the state's labor agency cabinet-level status and
re-establishing a council to advise him on the concerns of state
On gay rights, former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a Republican,
had stripped from his administration's equal employment opportunities
policy a phrase to bar job discrimination in state government on the
basis of "sexual orientation or gender identity."
Democrat, said in a statement yesterday that the policy meant that "a
gay person could be fired simply for being gay. A person should be
hired or dismissed on the basis of whether they can do the job.
Experience, qualifications, talent and performance are what matter."
The order says that the protection includes matters relating to
"hiring, promotion, termination, tenure, recruitment and compensation."
Gilgor, executive director of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, said the
group was "thrilled that Governor Beshear has kept his campaign promise
to reinstate sexual orientation and gender identity in the state
government's employment nondiscrimination policy."
She said the
executive order "puts Kentucky among 26 other states, and ahead of the
federal government, on this issue. It's another fine example of the
critical role individual states play in advancing justice for all
David Edmunds, a policy analyst for the Family
Foundation, said Beshear's action was "troubling because -- by
executive order -- he is building the road that leads to the pro-gay
marriage agenda, including domestic-partner benefits and gay adoption."
was asked about the issue during a news conference yesterday at which
he publicly signed orders that elevated the labor agency from
department to cabinet status and revived the Governor's Employee
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