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.

In a final judgment issued on August 10, the U.S. District Court of Connecticut ruled in favor of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut in a free speech lawsuit. The ACLU-CT represented the Libertarian Party in the case.

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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 […]

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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‚Äôs injunction suspends a Connecticut election law that affects political parties that have not garnered enough votes to automatically list […]

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

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

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