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Laxalt’s Misguided Lawsuit A Step Backwards

Yesterday, Attorney General Laxalt announced that he will be joining the lawsuit against President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. The President chose Nevada to make his historic announcement, and we should be embracing immigrant families and expanding our economy.

ACLUNV Announces New Legal Director

Amy Rose to lead Legal Department

January 8, 2015

Las Vegas, NV – Today, the ACLU of Nevada announces the hiring of Amy Rose, who will serve as Legal Director. She will oversee legal strategy for the affiliate and lead any litigation the ACLU of Nevada undertakes by working with cooperating law firms and attorneys.

Nevadans Free to Marry

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LAS VEGAS, NV – With the injunction issued by the United States District Court, District of Nevada, all Nevadans are now free to marry. After years of being denied their equal rights, LGBT Nevadans can now legally marry the person they love. In its decision on Tuesday, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Nevada’s marriage laws and definition were discriminatory and violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because they “deny lesbians and gays who wish to marry persons of the same sex a right they afford to individuals who wish to marry persons of the opposite sex.” With the injunction now issued by the United States District Court, District of Nevada, LGBT Nevadans should not hesitate to apply for their marriage certificates at their local county clerk’s office.

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of the Freedom to Marry in Nevada


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in favor of marriage equality and struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court held that the laws violated the Equal Protection Clause.

“With today’s Ninth Circuit ruling overturning Nevada’s discriminatory definition of marriage, every loving couple in Nevada must now have their marriage recognized by law,” said Tod Story, Executive Director for the ACLU of Nevada. “Today we celebrate the court’s recognition that love is not limited by tradition, definition, or gender, and that every person and couple is equal under the law. We are thrilled that love has won out again.”

Washoe Co. Detainer Policy A Step in the Right Direction - But Does Not Protect Civil Rights

RENO, NV — Today, Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced that his office will not hold people in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility for one particular type of detainer request made by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

Marriage Equality Coming to Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV - Today eight same-sex couples will have their day in court at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to explain why marriage rights should extend to every loving couple in Nevada, and throughout the nation.

ACLU of Nevada First NJJN Member Organization

LAS VEGAS, NV – This year the ACLU of Nevada became Nevada’s first National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) member organization. Juvenile justice reform is a top priority for the ACLU of Nevada and has been since before joining NJJN. During the 2013 legislative session, we successfully advocated for passage of S.B. 107, which limits the use and length of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities, ensures that youth detained in room confinement have access to mental health, and mandates review and reporting to the state. Through A.B.

Rosine Zelicskovics to serve as ACLU of Nevada's Director of Development and Major Gifts

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, the ACLU of Nevada announces the hiring of Rosine Zelicskovics, as the Director of Development and Major Gifts. She will oversee and coordinate the donor development and major gifts strategy for the organization.

“Rosine knows Nevada. She has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and will bring her wealth of experience and relationships to grow our membership and donor bases,” said Tod Story, executive director. “Her enthusiasm for the ACLU, and passion for Nevada are evident, and will attract broad interest and support.”

Nevada Voter ID Petition Fails

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, the “Our Vote Nevada PAC” failed to file the required number of signatures (101,667) to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. “Our Vote Nevada PAC,” sought to impose a discriminatory, suppressive photographic voter ID requirement on voters in Nevada.  Initially filed on January 29, 2014, the original petition did not include a financial impact statement. The ACLU of Nevada challenged the original petition’s description of effect (DOE) as insufficient and confusing to voters since it omitted the material consequences of adoption and the associated fiscal burdens on Nevada taxpayers.

Yvanna Cancela Named 2014 Civil Libertarian of the Year

YvannaCancelaLAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is pleased to announce that Yvanna Cancela has been chosen to receive the 2014 Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award. Cancela is the political director at Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE. The ACLU of Nevada is honoring Cancela for her leadership on immigrants’ rights issues, her work coordinating a statewide campaign in Nevada for comprehensive immigration reform, and for standing up for worker rights.


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