OKLAHOMA CITY – The following statement is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma – While we respectfully disagree with the District Court’s finding that a deliberative process privilege exists under Oklahoma law, this order holds that the Governor of Oklahoma can no longer unilaterally hide documents under the Open Records Act. Regardless of the outcome of any appeals, the fact that the government must turn over a log of the documents to the Court means at the very least that an independent set of eyes will review documents the Governor of Oklahoma has up to this point refused to disclose to theRead More →

Oklahoma City–In response to the following announcement by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City that it is amending its family membership policy to be more inclusive and better reflect its membership and the diverse community it serves, the ACLU of Oklahoma and The Equality Network both issued statements. Excerpt from email announcing YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City announcing policy change: “The YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY recognizes that a diverse and inclusive organization is foundational to developing and engaging everyone in the community. After many months of reviewing the current membership policy, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, a recommendation was made to the YMCA OFRead More →

May 29, 2014 Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law a Texas-style medically unnecessary regulation that could severely restrict access for the state’s nearly 2 million women. The law requires that a doctor with admitting privileges at a local hospital be on site. Doctors and major medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,oppose these laws because they do little to further patient safety. Rather, they harm women by cutting off access to safe, legal abortions. “Abortion is already incredibly safe – 99 percent safe, according to the CDC,” said Jennifer Dalven, director ofRead More →

Oklahoma City–Shortly after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma called for a moratorium on all executions in Oklahoma pending a complete and independent investigation into the botched execution and the events leading up to the fundamental breakdown in the state’s execution process. Now that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has called for an investigation to be conducted by a state agency under her control, the ACLU of Oklahoma has issued the following statements in response: The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma: It is impossible for the Department of Public Safety, the Attorney General’sRead More →

Oklahoma City–In response to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has issued the below statements and is immediately calling for a full and open investigation into the execution. The ACLU of Oklahoma is also calling for an immediate moratorium on all executions pending the outcome of this investigation and for full and complete transparency regarding the execution process in Oklahoma.   The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma: “In Oklahoma’s haste to conduct a science experiment on two men behind a veil of secrecy, our state has disgraced itself before the nation andRead More →