American Civil Rights Union

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The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) is an American civil liberties organization founded by former Reagan Administration official Robert B. Carleson in 1998. It was founded in response to views that the most prominent civil liberties organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, was too leftward leaning;[1] ACRU has been described as a conservative civil liberties advocacy group.[2] The ACRU has filed numerous amicus briefs in court cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), gun ownership and property rights cases, and cases involving the Boy Scouts of America including the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court case of Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, defending the Boy Scouts' freedom of association right to create their own criteria for leaders and members. Christopher Coates is the ACRU General Counsel, J. Kenneth Blackwell and Robert Knight are Senior Fellows, Jan LaRue is a Senior Legal Analyst, Mike Korbey is Managing Director, and Carleson's widow, Susan, is chairwoman.[3]

The ACRU Policy Board includes:

The ACRU's main focus areas are:

  • Election Integrity
  • Property Rights
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Equality Under the Law
  • Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  • Individual Liberty and Federalism

Opposition to Same Sex Marriage[edit]

The ACRU opposes Same Sex Marriage. In two separate columns, in the Washington Times,[4][5] ACRU Fellow, Robert Knight has attacked courts for ruling in favor of same sex marriage.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Robert Carleson, Peter Ferrara (2 January 2002). "ACLU joins the security fray". 
  2. ^ "National conservative civil liberties group supports argument that Menendez recall is constitutional". 2 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Human Events URL accessed 2008-04-06.
  4. ^ Civil rights and wrongs - Forcing gay marriage on Americans would be an act of tyranny - Washington Times - May 3, 2015
  5. ^ Saying No to Illicit Rulings - Washington Times - Feb. 1, 2015

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