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Featured Cases, Advocacy & Policy

Featured Cases


Courage v. Wyoming

STATUS: Pending, Wyoming

On March 5, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states.   The couples include a university professor, a Major in the Army Reserve,…


Family & Relationships

Tanco v. Haslam

STATUS: Pending, Tennessee

On October 21, 2013, NCLR filed a lawsuit on behalf of four legally married same-sex couples, challenging Tennessee laws that prevent the state from respecting their marriages and treating them the same as all other legally married couples in Tennessee. The couples, who include a full-time Army reservist and two professors of veterinary medicine, all…


Featured Policy & Legistlation

Transgender Law

Policy: Medicare


NCLR, along with the ACLU national, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and a New Mexico civil rights attorney, filed a challenge in March 2013 to Medicare’s ban on medically necessary healthcare for transgender patients. Since the early 1980s, Medicare, which provides healthcare to Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with certain…



Policy: LGBT Prisoners


NCLR is working with correctional agencies in California to develop policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of LGBT prisoners. This work includes efforts to house transgender women in female housing units, ensuring transgender prisoners’ access to hormone therapy, and implementing policies and procedures that protect LGBT prisoners from sexual and physical violence.


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