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Legal Advocacy

The ACLU of Utah seeks to address civil liberties problems without having to rely on litigation. Below are letters we have written on a variety of issues in which we attempted to resolve reported grievances outside of the courtroom.

ACLU of Utah Asks U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to Clarify Whether it Gives Religious Preferences in Hiring

11 October 2006 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah aks the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency to clarify whether it gives religious preferences in hiring.

ACLU of Utah Outlines Veteran's First Amendment Right to Solicit Support for Withdrawal of American Troops in Iraq

20 September 2006 Published in Legal Advocacy
In a letter to UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation), the ACLU of Utah outlines veteran’s First Amendment right to solicit support for the withdrawal of American troops in Iraq by walking the length of U.S. 89.

Sandy City Ordinance Revised to Protect First Amendment Rights

06 September 2006 Published in Legal Advocacy
Under a September settlement agreement, Sandy business owner Kody Sorenson will be able to continue flying ten American flags that are displayed around the rooftop of his store, Big Bob’s Floor Covering. The settlement agreement ended a dispute that began over a year ago, when Sandy City cited Sorenson with criminal charges for the flag display. Specifically, Sorenson was charged with violating a city ordinance that limited the number of “official flags” that business owners can fly.

ACLU of Utah Writes Kanab Mayor About Lack of Fourth Amendment Protections in the City’s New Animal Control Ordinance

06 August 2006 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah writes Kanab mayor about the lack of Fourth Amendment protections in the city’s 2006 animal control ordinance.

In Open Letter to State Employee, ACLU of Utah Asserts Unconstitutionality of Utah's Abuse of Flag Statute

17 December 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
In an open letter to a state employee, the ACLU of Utah outlines the state employees' rights to hang a DRAC flag in her office space as well as the unconstitutionality of Utah’s Abuse of Flag statute.

Uintah School District Agrees Student Dress Code Policies Cannot Rely on Outdated Gender Stereotypes

14 December 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
The Uintah School District agrees with the ACLU of Utah that student dress code policies cannot rely on outdated gender stereotypes.

ACLU of Utah Writes a Letter on Behalf of Utah High School Student Who Was Told to Change Gay-Friendly T-Shirt

20 October 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah writes a letter on behalf of Utah high school student who was told to change gay-friendly t-shirt.

Utah State Tax Commission Approves Personalized License Plates with Gay-Positive Messages

19 July 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
The Utah State Tax Commission approves personalized license plates with gay-positive messages.

Letter to Provo High School Regarding Right of Same-Sex Couples to Participate in Annual Prom

15 April 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah letter to Provo High School regarding the right of same-sex couples to participate in annual prom and promenade.

ACLU of Utah Maintains Utah's Amendment 3 Should Not Deny Benefits to Dependents of Gay and Lesbian Faculty and Staff at Utah State University

14 April 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
Open letter to a Utah State University professor in which the ACLU of Utah maintains that Utah's Amendment 3 should not be interpreted to prohibit benefits to dependents of gay and lesbian faculty and staff.

ACLU of Utah Requests Information from Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force about Agency’s January 21 “Knock and Talk”

04 April 2005 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah requests information via the Governmental Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) from the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force about the agency’s January 21, 2005 “knock and talk” program.

ACLU of Utah Investigates Sign at U.S. Army Recruiting Booth Implying Army Will Pay for Religious Missions

20 December 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
On February 7, 2005, we were contacted by an attorney at the army recruiting office in Fort Knox, Kentucky who had been assigned to investigate a situation at an army recruting booth at a Utah high school. A sign posted at the booth implied the army would pay for religious missions. After his investigation, the attorney determined the sign was not appropriate and assured us that the army would stop using it.

ACLU of Utah Submits Letter to Copper Hills High School Regarding School Dance Policy for LGBTQ Students

07 December 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submits a letter to Copper Hills High School regarding its school dances policy for LGBTQ students.

ACLU of Utah Urges Spanish Fork to Abandon Discriminatory Rule Prohibiting Females from Wrestling Males

08 November 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submitted a letter to Spanish Fork regarding its discriminatory rule prohibiting females from wrestling males in a 2004 tournament.

In Letter, ACLU of Utah Urges Employers to Comply with "Time-Off to Vote" Policy in Provo City

24 September 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah sends letter to Provo City regarding its “Time-Off to Vote” policy. We received a call from a Provo city employee concerned that he would be denied his statutory right to time off from work to cast his vote on Election Day. Our letter to a Provo City attorney received a tepid response, and we passed the matter over to the Assistant Attorney General who works on election issues. As a result, Provo is now re-examining its policy.

ACLU of Utah Asserts Unconstitutionality of Campaign Sign Ordinances in Several Utah Cities

24 August 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submits letters to Orem City, Riverdale, Roy City, and Weber County regarding their unconstitutional campaign sign ordinances.

Lehi Police Department Urged to Comply with Utah's Open Records Law

21 July 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to the Lehi Police Department regarding its record release policy. In denying Ronnie Sorensen’s request for the initial police contact report involving her son, the Lehi Police Department did not follow the requirements outlined in Utah’s open records law. Within a week of receiving the ACLU of Utah’s letter, the police department contacted Ms. Sorensen and provided her with a copy of the requested records.

ACLU of Utah Warns Jordan School District Not to Discipline Students Wearing LGBTQ-Positive T-Shirts

11 May 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submitted a letter to Hillcrest High School and the Jordan School District regarding the school’s disciplinary actions against a group of students who wore t-shirts proclaiming “Queers Kick Ash” to school (the names of the students have been removed to protect their identities).

ACLU of Utah Informs Murray High School that Gay Students Must Be Allowed to Attend Prom

11 March 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Murray High School regarding its actions prohibiting a lesbian student couple from joining other couples in the “grand promenade” at their Junior Prom. After the ACLU of Utah wrote the letter, the district relented and opened the promenade to all couples.

Constitutional Violations Outlined in Salem City's Use of Government Resources to Promote LDS Activities

07 March 2004 Published in Legal Advocacy
Letter to Salem City regarding the use of government resources to sponsor and promote LDS Church activities.