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FILE - In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Arizona state Rep. Nancy Barto, middle, stands with other lawmakers in the State House. Transgender girls and women in Arizona would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed law. Republican Rep. Barto introduced the measure on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, saying it is intended to prevent female athletes from being forced to compete against biological males. It would apply to K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities but only to female teams. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)

Arizona bill would ban transgender girls, women from teams

Jan. 24, 2020 8:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Transgender girls and women would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed Arizona law. The proposal announced by GOP Rep. Nancy Barto on Friday is co-sponsored by 22 other Republican House members and is the latest on a...

Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Prison agrees to release paroled inmate after ACLU sues

Jan. 24, 2020 4:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island prison officials have agreed to set free an inmate recently granted parole but never released. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island said Friday that the state Department of Corrections agreed to release Robert McKinney in a stipulation filed in state...

ACLU vows challenge to proposed transgender treatment ban

Jan. 23, 2020 3:49 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday vowed a legal challenge if South Dakota passes a law banning gender-change treatment for children under 16. The bill headed to the House floor next week would make it illegal for physicians to perform surgeries, administer hormone therapy...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 23, 2020 3:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday. The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection...

ACLU demands answers on censored Women’s March photo

Jan. 22, 2020 9:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding answers from the National Archives in the wake of a scandal over politically motivated edits to a photo of the 2017 Women's March. The rights group filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday demanding all correspondence relating...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

ACLU sues over continued imprisonment of paroled inmate

Jan. 22, 2020 11:11 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Rhode Island Department of Corrections over the continued imprisonment of an inmate who was granted parole. Robert McKinney was sentenced in June 1997 to life in prison for murder and a consecutive sentence of 10 years for conspiracy,...

Authorities release name of Waterbury man shot by police

Jan. 22, 2020 8:31 AM EST

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed by a police officer in Connecticut earlier this week. Edward Gendron, 57, of Waterbury was killed Monday, according to a statement Tuesday from Connecticut State Police. The Waterbury officer involved in the shooting was...

Woman takes legal action after teen daughter's arrest

Jan. 21, 2020 10:24 AM EST

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman is taking legal action against the city of Pawtucket for handcuffing and arresting her 13-year-old daughter after a fight with another student, the American Civil Liberties Union says. Tre’sur Johnson, an honors student who had no prior disciplinary...