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Imagine there are two couples in line to receive marriage licenses. One is an opposite-sex couple and the other a same-sex couple. But, only the opposite-sex couple walks away with a marriage license while the same-sex couple is told to come back when the deputy county recorder has returned to the office. This exact scenario could occur at some point in Stark County, North Dakota.
From January to April North Dakota's Legislature convened in Bismarck to take up more than 800 bills.  ACLU of North Dakota's policy director, Jennifer Cook, was in the thick of it all.  Cook lobbied full-time during this session to advance and protect North Dakotans' civil liberties.

Girls are required to wear dresses. Boys are required to wear pants.

That statement may sound like it's coming from 1950, but some school districts across the United States have tried to enforce antiquated dress codes telling students exactly how they should dress for their high school graduations. They require girls to wear dresses or skirts and boys to wear pants. This is more than just a throwback to a bygone era; it's an unlawful gender-based distinction.
By Cassandra Stubbs, Director, ACLU Capital Punishment Project
Serial, the pop culture podcast phenomenon, isn't just a well-produced and addictive listening experience (though it is both of those things). By questioning the validity of some criminal justice procedures and educating its listeners to ask questions, especially when someone's life is on the line, the podcast has done a great public service: Because the case of Adnan Syed is not particularly unique.

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Nov. 4, 2014

FARGO, ND—Voters in North Dakota have rejected a ballot measure, Measure 1, which would have banned abortion and possibly other medical procedures such as in vitro fertilization
Below find a quote from Heather Smith, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota:



 
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