Free Speech

The ACLU protects the five freedoms of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — freedom of speech, assembly, association, petition and the press — but we’re called on most often to defend speech. We often defend messages we vehemently disagree with. Most recently, we represented a student’s right to wear a T-shirt opposing same-sex marriage, although we worked hard to support marriage equality in Connecticut.

As a voice for freedom and equality, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including privacy, justice, and democracy. The bills below represent just some of the issues of interest to the ACLU of Connecticut in 2016. Criminal […]

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on ACLU-CT 2016 Legislative Testimony

In a decision released today, the U.S. District Court of Connecticut ruled that the state must allow the Libertarian Party to use out-of-state residents to collect signatures on petitions to appear on an election ballot. Today’s injunction suspends a Connecticut election law that affects political parties that have not garnered enough votes to automatically list […]

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on ACLU Wins Injunction Against Connecticut Election Law

The state Supreme Court upholds free speech of employees and shields whistle-blowers from retaliation.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Connecticut Supreme Court Rules for Whistle-Blower and Protects Employee Speech

The Governor signed a bill supported by the ACLU of Connecticut, which forbids employers from demanding personal passwords to social media sites.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on New Law Forbids Employers from Demanding Personal Passwords

The ACLU of Connecticut cautioned Trumbull officials about constitutional concerns associated with their decision to order the removal of a painting of Mother Teresa standing alongside other social justice heroes.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Trumbull Officials Wrong to Remove Mother Teresa Painting