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ACLU Statement on Orlando Tragedy

The Orlando tragedy has shaken us all. At times like this, we must hold close to our core values. Only by doing so can we resist efforts to turn us against one another.

Our nation’s greatest strength is our diversity — of backgrounds, faiths, and cultures. We believe that LGBT Americans have the right to live and love free of fear and violence. We believe that no one faith group should ever be targeted for pernicious immigration practices or surveillance. We believe discrimination is un-American because it undermines what this nation was created to defend: the right of all people to live, love, and worship as long as they don’t deny others those same rights.

We must not allow fear and violence to change who we are. Let us show them as one people that they cannot win. America stands for freedom, equality, and the inherent dignity of all individuals. We at the ACLU will continue to champion these American values, enshrined in our Constitution and protected by our Bill of Rights.

--ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero

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May 20, 2016: Anti-Refugee Resolution Becomes Law

May 19, 2016: ACLU-TN Files Federal Complaint Challenging Sumner County Schools’ Transgender Bathroom Ban

April 28, 2016: ACLU-TN Joins Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement of Youth

April 27, 2016: Governor Signs Bill Allowing Counselors to Discriminate

April 25, 2016: ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto Anti-Refugee Resolution

April 18, 2016: 67,000+ Petition Signers Ask Lawmakers to Veto “Bathroom” Legislation

April 14, 2016: Governor Haslam Vetoes Holy Bible as Official State Book

April 11, 2016: ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto Legislation Making Holy Bible Tennessee’s State Book

April 6, 2016: Committee Advances Bill Restricting Transgender Students’ Access to Restrooms


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