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Marriage equality hasn't made the sky fall


Christopher Ott

Christopher Ott, communications director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

In the lead-up to the marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, I talked with friends recently about the arguments that opponents of equality used to make. Still shaking my head in disbelief, even after nearly a decade, I said:

"They basically argued that the sky was going to fall if gay people were just allowed to get married!"

Anthony Lewis: A voice of courage and clarity


Carol Rose

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

The world lost a voice of courage and clarity when Anthony Lewis died this morning. He was our nation's pre-eminent expert and explainer of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. By telling human stories of personal courage and the law, Tony Lewis inspired me and countless other journalists, lawyers, and ordinary people to embrace what it means—and what it takes—to be a free human being.

Parade street sweep violates the spirit of St. Patrick


Carol Rose

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

Everyone marching in Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston knows--or should know--the story of how the 5th-century saint drove the “snakes and toads” out of Ireland.

LGBT opponents were right: Their support is vanishing


Christopher Ott

Christopher Ott, communications director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

Opponents of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people aren't right about much, but they were right about one thing: how quickly their support would vanish.

Three reasons why S-Comm numbers do not add up


Laura Rotolo

Laura Rótolo, FOIA counsel and community advocate for the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

Sunday's article on Secure Communities asks some important questions. Why, despite the Obama administration's focus on deporting criminals, do the numbers tell a different story? Why does the administration's signature program, Secure Communities (S-Comm), continue to deport so many undocumented workers and so few dangerous persons?