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Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinances can be as good for business as they are for the people whose civil rights they protect.

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Now that Billings' longest night is over, the real work begins

Now that Billings' longest night is over, the real work begins

On Monday and into Tuesday morning, 143 people offered up to three minutes of testimony on Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

June 10, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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'I feel like I’m being punished for my love': A look at the couples who filed suit

'I feel like I’m being punished for my love': A look at the couples who filed suit

HELENA — Here is some biographical information on the four couples challenging Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, based on the information from the lawsuit and the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana: 

May 21, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Wyoming ACLU takes feds' side in Catholic contraceptive legal battle

The Wyoming branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has joined government attorneys in opposing the Catholic Church’s requested injunction to block the federal health care law’s requirement for birth control in the state.

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Gazette opinion: End mistreatment of mentally ill inmates

Gazette opinion: End mistreatment of mentally ill inmates

The stories are heart-wrenching. Serious violations of civil rights law are alleged.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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ACLU: Montana's mentally ill prisoners are mistreated

ACLU: Montana's mentally ill prisoners are mistreated

HELENA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana said Friday that the state prison and hospital have a woefully inadequate system of treating mentally ill prisoners, denying them proper care and violating their rights.

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Missoula council proposes revised panhandling laws

MISSOULA - The city of Missoula is looking to change an ordinance meant to crack down on panhandling after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a lawsuit and won a similar case in Idaho in which it argued asking for money is protected free speech.

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ACLU: Untested drugs dangerous in executions

ACLU: Untested drugs dangerous in executions

HELENA — A long execution in Ohio that left the condemned inmate gasping and snorting illustrates the dangers of using untested drug combinations in lethal injections, said a civil-rights group suing Montana over its execution method.

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Guest opinion: Snowden’s action protected democracy

WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one long after the “war on terror” is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans’ constitutional rights and the rest of the world’s national sovereignty, privacy and, sometimes, security.

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ACLU challenges Wyoming on inmate headgear

The First Amendment rights of a prisoner at the Wyoming State Penitentiary are being infringed upon by the state, according to a letter the ACLU sent to the Wyoming Department of Corrections on Friday.

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Candid cameras: Video cameras an increasingly useful law enforcement tool

Candid cameras: Video cameras an increasingly useful law enforcement tool

On June 6, 2012, a woman called 911 to report that she was following a driver who appeared to be drunk.

January 12, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Marijuana injustices: Some penalized while others smoke free

WASHINGTON — I have no desire to smoke marijuana, partly because doing so might drive me back to the cigarette habit I broke two decades ago. I don’t want to be one of those “cool parents” who pretend to be as culturally advanced as their kids. In my case, that’s a ridiculous aspiration anyway.

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ACLU protests Flathead high school choirs' performance at church

ACLU protests Flathead high school choirs' performance at church

Despite protest from the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, three public high schools in the Flathead Valley will allow their choirs to perform at a Kalispell church Thursday.

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Montana studies background checks for mentally ill

HELENA — Mass shootings such as the recent Washington Navy Yard killings have prompted Montana lawmakers to look at whether the state should turn over mental illness histories for federal background checks of gun purchases.

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In possible first and under heavy security, KKK and NAACP meet in Wyoming

In possible first and under heavy security, KKK and NAACP meet in Wyoming

They didn’t think he would come. He was a Ku Klux Klan organizer, after all, and they were local leaders of the NAACP, historic enemies.

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ACLU files lawsuit over Wolf Point voting district

HELENA — A federal lawsuit filed against the Wolf Point School District argues that school board districts are arranged to favor white voters in a predominantly Native American area and seeks to have the districts redrawn.

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Montana asks judge to back execution changes

HELENA — The state has asked a judge to back the changes it made to its lethal-injection procedures and dismiss the claims of two death-row inmates and a civil-liberties group that the revisions still put condemned prisoners at risk of unnecessary suffering.

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Gay couples file new lawsuit seeking benefits

Gay couples file new lawsuit seeking benefits

HELENA — A civil-rights organization filed a new lawsuit against the state Monday on behalf of seven gay couples in an attempt to win for them the same benefits that married couples receive in Montana.

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Execution-method changes called unconstitutional

Execution-method changes called unconstitutional

HELENA — Montana prison officials revised lethal-injection procedures after a judge ruled the previous methods were unconstitutional, but a civil rights organization and attorneys for a death row inmate say the changes still put condemned prisoners at risk of unnecessary suffering.

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Wyoming inmate sues again over eagle feathers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming inmate is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming agency officials improperly delayed for years sending him eagle feathers he needed for Native American religious purposes.

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