By Tamya Cox, Program Director The second session of the 51st Oklahoma Legislature ended on May 23. Like many sessions before, many appropriation bills were passed and little policy was made. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma had great hopes for this legislative session; it was our mission to be proactive and support bills that preserved civil liberties. Senator Harry Coates, R- Seminole, introduced a bill that would have repealed the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act or more commonly known as 1804. Representative Mike Shelton introduced HB 2865, a bill that would notify individuals when their right to vote has been restored. Unfortunately,Read More →

ACLU of Oklahoma Legal Director C.S. Thornton will debate University of Texas Law Professor and outspoken affirmative action opponent Lino Graglia at the Oklahoma City University Law School on September 11, at 5 p.m. More information on the event.Read More →

The ACLU of Oklahoma acknowledges with sadness the passing of legendary journalist, columnist and long time ACLU supporter Molly Ivins. Molly never wavered in her commitment to the mission of the ACLU, and worked tirelessly as a spokesperson to benefit our organization. She appeared at countless affiliate events, and at one point resolved to do something for the ACLU at least once a month. She was the keynote speaker for the Oklahoma affiliate’s 1994 Bill of Rights Celebration and sent a video message to the 2003 event. Molly’s legacy of support will continue through her bequest to the ACLU, a gesture she energetically encouraged othersRead More →

By Tamya Cox, Program Director The federal government spent 206 million dollars on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs during 2006. Oklahoma received $690,342 for fiscal year 2005. Yet, as many of us know and the statistics show, not all teenagers are abstaining. In 2005, 48% of Oklahoma female high school students and 50% of male high school students admitted to having sex. These numbers clearly show that our teens are having sex, and now is not the time to turn a blind eye. We must arm our children with the knowledge and tools needed to prevent those who do have sex from unwanted pregnancies as well as contractingRead More →