Supreme Court to hear widow's challenge to Defense of Marriage Act

Because of DOMA, Edie Windsor had to pay over $363,000 in federal estate tax after her spouse died

At Liberty: Friday, December 7, 2012

It's not the First Amendment for nothing. We're highlighting ways people are using their freedom of expression and other liberties.

First Circuit Court should defend victims of human trafficking

Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for

"We are worried about the consequences of our decision."

Today's utterance by Chief Judge Sandra Lynch, of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, gives me hope that the court will do justice for the victims of human trafficking who will be impacted by how the First Circuit rules in a case argued before it this morning.

Judge refuses to shut down Holyoke needle exchange

Challenge expected to continue, but Hampden Superior Court ruling vindicates program's importance to public health.