We litigate when doing so is the most effective way to advance a civil liberties concern. We file lawsuits that will have an impact on people’s rights by setting a legal precedent or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. We provide direct legal representation to individuals and file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. Our legal work is pro bono: we never charge for our services.

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ACLU v. Spartanburg

Together with the National ACLU, the ACLU of South Carolina has been investigating alleged violations of the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and individuals who are incarcerated at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

May 2, 2017 Criminal Justice & Incarceration Free Speech

Social Security Administration Recognition of Marriage in SC

South Carolina has been issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples since November 2014, but the Social Security Administration has failed to issue instructions authorizing its clerks to accept these licenses from South Carolina.

November 1, 2014