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Today, ACLU National Legal Director Steve Shapiro argued an important Fourth Amendment case—Missouri v. McNeely—before the Supreme Court of the United States. While it is generally a good idea not to draw too many conclusions from the apparent attitudes of justices at oral arguments, the argument today appeared to have gone well.

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Yesterday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments in a First Amendment challenge to a South Portland ordinance that prohibited all city employees from running for, or serving in, city elected office. The lead plaintiff in the case was a part-time librarian, who served for years on the South Portland Board of Education.
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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Edith “Edie” Windsor’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Windsor is represented by attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; the American Civil Liberties Union; the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

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There are approximately 238,000 jobs in the United States military that are not open to women, and that is not right. This past week, the ACLU filed suit on behalf of two Marines, an Army Soldier, and an Air Force Pilot, as well as the Service Women's Action Network, against the United States Secretary of Defense to end the discriminatory exclusion of women from combat positions.
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Harassing and intimidating voters is against the law--the Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act all prohibit it. And yet, voter harassment, often directed at racial minorities, is still an unfortunate part of our political system.
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For a number of years now, the ACLU of Maine has helped train lawyers to fan out across the state on election day to make sure that nobody is harassed or intimidated or otherwise prevented from voting. Generally speaking, there are rarely major problems. Elections in Maine work very well, and Mainers are generally very respectful of one another--even when the election itself is hard-fought. 

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Hopefully, you have seen the Yes on One campaign ad featuring Rep. Stacey Fitts, and hopefully (if you are regular reader of this blog) you have seen the post from my colleague Jill discussing the importance of courage in our political system. Rep. Fitts is a proud lifelong Republican, and he is a Yes on One supporter. Rep.
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My favorite banned book is also the subject of one of my favorite First Amendment cases (and one of my favorite ACLU cases). In Ulysses, James Joyce attempts to capture every moment of everyday life, in as much detail as possible, and everyday life (at least according to Joyce) includes a great deal of frank thought (and a small bit of explicit action) of a sexual nature. Characters notice the physical qualities of one another, they recall sexual situations from their pasts, and they plan sexual encounters for their future.
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We were in Court this morning defending internet free speech. Our client published a blog about a candidate for office that contained news and commentary--generally types of speech that are exempt from regulation. But, the statute at issue only exempt traditional media--television, radio, newspapers, magazines and other periodicals.
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This week, we got a call at the office from a woman who was told that she could not stick a political sign on her front yard. Then, we got another one. Then another. And then one more--all from different parts of the state.  What was happening?

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