Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Articles by Kate Kendell, Esq.

May 23, 2013

I Want to Carry You on the Ride With Me

At first, it seemed like a good way to get in better shape for a great cause. But as the months of training rides give way to the first day of the AIDS Lifecycle ride—the 545-mile, seven-day cycling event from San Francisco to Los Angeles—on June 2, I find myself thinking every day about the…

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May 15, 2013

We Remember Our Anniversary. Do you?

Five years ago today, the ground on marriage equality shifted permanently. Do you remember where you were on May 15, 2008? I will never, ever forget it. That day, the California Supreme Court ruled that excluding same-sex couples from marriage violated the California Constitution. It was a beautiful morning. A friend snapped a picture of…

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April 18, 2013

Tragedy … and Possibility

I, like all of you, have felt the heaviness borne of mindless violence and tragedy in the wake of the bombings in Boston. My birthday was April 15, and now that date will be remembered for yet another national horror. In the days since the attack, I can’t help but think about the very different…

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March 27, 2013

Dispatch from Washington, D.C.: DOMA Doomed

So it’s over. Two days that are now part of LGBT history. Two back-to-back arguments at the United States Supreme Court, with most of the country paying attention—hearing about our lives, our relationships, and how discriminatory government policies and voter initiatives mark us as inferior, unequal, and vulnerable. In today’s case, the issue was section…

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March 25, 2013

Chief Justice Roberts Is My Cousin—Guest Commentary

Dear Friend of NCLR, Most of us have been through the experience of coming out to family. We approach it with some fear, worry, and trepidation. We hope for the best, expect the worst, and sometimes we get lucky, with our family embracing, accepting, and reaffirming their love for us. And sometimes we are not…

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March 23, 2013

Witness to History: My Morning at the Supreme Court

Sometimes you just have to sit back and say wow. I am writing this at a desk in our Washington D.C. office, but just a few hours ago, I was sitting in the courtroom of the United States Supreme Court, listening to oral argument in the challenge to California’s Proposition 8. I will get to my…

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March 22, 2013

I’m Heading to the Supreme Court!

In December I was pretty sure I would not be going. But by January, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I’m talking, of course, about oral argument in two of the most important LGBT cases ever to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court—the challenges to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)….

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March 21, 2013

We Filed a Marriage Equality Suit in New Mexico Today!

Marriage equality is coming to New Mexico! I am delighted to let you know that today we, along with our colleagues at the local and national ACLU, filed a lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in New Mexico. We have been working towards this moment for quite some time in New Mexico,…

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February 28, 2013

All For One And One For All

I have been lucky enough to have had many mentors who led by modeling the adage “we are all in this together.” At a time of such tremendous gains for the LGBT community in this country, I am mindful every day of the importance of that mindset. There is an often unseen—but nevertheless unbreakable—link between…

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February 19, 2013

Ever Had a Dream? You’re Not Alone

It’s been an incredible few weeks. President Obama made history last month when he announced his plan to bring humanity and decency to our nation’s immigration policy, and underscored the urgency of coming together to bring major reform now. The President’s speech outlined his vision for a clear path toward citizenship that includes a streamlined…

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