News from the ACLU of LA
Louisiana's Online Age-Verification Law Is Enjoined for Violating the First Amendment — Booksellers and publishers secured a preliminary injunction against a new Louisiana law that requires websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor. Judge Brian A. Jackson of the federal district court in Baton Rouge ruled in Garden District Book Shop, Inc. v. Stewart that the plaintiffs demonstrated they are likely to prevail on their claims that the law violates the First Amendment and is unconstitutionally vague.
ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Lafayette Schools’ Pledge Policy — The ACLU of Louisiana has learned that the Lafayette Parish School Board is considering changing its policy requiring students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. We urge the school board to respect the rights and beliefs of their students, and rescind the policy.
ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Order — The ACLU of Louisiana applauds Governor Edwards for issuing the Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Order today (Executive Order JBE 2016-11), protecting the rights of LGBT Louisianians from discrimination while seeking state employment or services. This order is the first time Louisiana has explicitly recognized the equal rights of transgender people, and is a strong stand against bigotry.
ACLU of Louisiana Reminds School Districts of Equal Rights for Students — The ACLU of Louisiana sent its annual reminder to the Superintendents of all Louisiana public school boards today, that they may not legally discriminate against LGBT students’ participation in prom or other school dances.
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