ACLU of Oklahoma wins appeal of Judge’s Decision to Deny Name Change to Transgender Applicants

March 21, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals today reversed Oklahoma County Judge Bill Graves’s refusal to grant a name change to a transgender person. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Foundation, representing local resident Angela Ingram, had appealed the Judge’s denial of her More >

Media Advisory: ACLU of Oklahoma files for Summary Judgment in Open Records Lawsuit

March 17, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY–The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Foundation filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and a supporting legal brief today in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of Vandelay Entertainment, the publisher of the news and satire blog, in its suit against Governor Mary Fallin. More >

ACLU of OK Names Plaintiffs in Bishop v. Oklahoma Case 2013 Angie Debo Civil Liberties Recipients

OKLAHOMA CITY– The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has announced that the four plaintiffs in the Bishop v. Oklahoma lawsuit–Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Susan Barton, and Gay Phillips–will receive the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award for their long and potentially landmark fight against Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. The More >

ACLU OK calls for 2013 Angie Debo nominations

The ACLU of Oklahoma is currently accepting nominations for the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award.  The award will be presented at this year’s Annual Meeting and Bill Rights Reception on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Angie Debo Award was established in 1977 to recognize those who have provided exceptional defense More >

ACLU of Oklahoma Joins Amicus Brief in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

January 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, along with the ACLU and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, have filed a friend of the court brief urging the United States Supreme Court to reject the claim that a corporation can use religion as a justification to More >

Federal Court Declares Oklahoma Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal court today declared that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Implementation of the decision is on hold while the state appeals.

The challenge to the law was brought by the Oklahoma City law firm Holladay & Chilton PLLC on behalf of Oklahoma same-sex More >


49 Oklahomans Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, Finds ACLU

OKLAHOMA CITY – In the first-ever study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the ACLU found at least 3,278 such prisoners in federal and state prisons combined; 49 of whom are serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in Oklahoma.

“A Living Death: Life Without More >

Binney Lecture Poster

William Binney to Speak on “Digital Surveillance and Democracy”

NORMAN–In a public lecture entitled “Digital Surveillance and Democracy,” William Binney will discuss the NSA’s eavesdropping programs and the dangers of a persistent, pervasive surveillance state.  Mr. Binney, one of the best analysts and code-breakers in NSA history, turned whistle blower when the agency redirected the digital tools he had More >


ACLU of Oklahoma Applauds District Attorney’s Call for Direct Appropriation from the Legislature


During a recent interim study conducted by the Judiciary Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives regarding Oklahoma’s criminal justice system, legislators asked the former Chairman of the District Attorneys Council (DAC), District Attorney Greg Mashburn (R-Norman), about the fee system DA’s have increasingly relied upon to fund More >


 OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a report by the ACLU, Blacks were arrested for marijuana possession at nearly three times the rate of whites in 2010, despite comparable marijuana usage rates. The report, Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests, released June 5th, is More >