December 4, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director: 405.524.8511 or Brady Henderson, Legal Director: 405.524.8511 or OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA— The ACLU of Oklahoma filed a complaint Tuesday with the Oklahoma Council on Judicial Complaints against Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman for requiring a defendant to attend church for ten years as a condition of probation. The complaint states in part that Judge Norman violated Oklahoma’s Code of Judicial Conduct which requires Judges to “uphold and apply the law”. With this sentence, Judge Norman disregarded fundamental principles of religious liberty found in the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise ClauseRead More →

First Amendment Rights are Alive and Well in Oklahoma Panhandle November 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Brady Henderson, Legal Director; (405 524-8511; BEAVER, OKLAHOMA— At the urging of ACLU of Oklahoma’s legal team, Municipal Court Judge Robert Jaques ordered the dismissal of a charge of Disturbing the Peace, brought against a local resident for chastising Beaver’s Mayor.  Linda Fisher, a longtime resident of the small panhandle community of Beaver, had never expected to be charged with a crime merely for speaking her mind following a city council meeting in August. Fisher, along with other residents in Beaver, is concerned with the financial managementRead More →

The ACLU of Oklahoma is currently accepting nominations for the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award.  The award will be presented at this year’s Bill of Rights Reception on January 19, 2013. The Angie Debo Award was established in 1977 to recognize those who have provided exceptional defense to the Bill of Rights throughout the year or throughout their lives. Nominations for these awards must be received by the affiliate office no later than Friday, November 16th. They may be mailed to the ACLU of Oklahoma at P O Box 1626, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1626 or emailed to Bryan Newell Nomination letters should be noRead More →

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement:   “This is just another attempt, based in political fiction, to discriminate against people for no other reason than because of who they love. The idea that this legislation is needed to protect clergy from being forced to perform marriages they don’t agree with is an argument without any teeth. The military has chaplains of several faiths for the very purpose of accommodating the diversity of beliefs among the troops, and let’s be very clear– the Pentagon and the White House have both unequivocally stated that military chaplains are not required to perform sameRead More →