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Marriage

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,…

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Family & Relationships

Pareto v. Ruvin

STATUS: Pending, Florida

On January 21, 2014, six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to…

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Family & Relationships

Kitchen v. Herbert

STATUS: Pending, Utah

Three same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The lawsuit argues that Utah’s laws barring same-sex couples from marrying and prohibiting the state from respecting the marriages of same-sex couples who married in…

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Family & Relationships

Latta v. Otter

STATUS: Pending, Idaho

Four same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit in Boise challenging Idaho’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The lawsuit argues that Idaho’s laws barring same-sex couples from marrying and prohibiting the state from respecting the marriages of same-sex couples…

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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…

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Admission of Sergio Garcia

STATUS: Victory, California

Sergio Garcia’s parents brought him from Mexico to the United States when was an infant. Sergio’s father applied for an immigrant visa on Sergio’s behalf. Although the application was approved in 1995, Sergio has not been able to apply to adjust his immigration status since because the United State government has yet to assign him…

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Stormans v. Selecky

STATUS: Pending, Washington

In 2007, The Washington State Board of Pharmacy began requiring that pharmacists provide patients with prescribed medications if those medications are in stock. That rule was implemented to ensure that patients have timely access to medications. Additionally, pursuant to a long-standing rule governing which medications a pharmacy should have on its shelves, pharmacies would have…

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State Legislation & Policy

Case: Pickup et al. v. Brown et al. and Welch et al. v. Brown et al.

STATUS: Victory, California

On September 29, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the first law in the nation prohibiting state-licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of a patient under 18 years old. Every leading medical and mental health organization in the country has warned that these practices do not work and put…

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Employment

Case: Howe v. Haslam

STATUS: Pending, Tennessee

As outrageous as it is, today, people in many states can be fired from their jobs or denied services simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Without a federal law protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination, it is essential that cities, counties, and towns have the power to pass anti-discrimination laws. Nashville passed…

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Family & Relationships

Case: Griego v. Oliver

STATUS: Victory, New Mexico

NCLR filed a lawsuit on behalf of couples Rose Griego and Kim Kiel, Miriam Rand and Ona Porter, A.D. Joplin and Greg Gomez, Therese Councilor and Tanya Struble, and Monica Leaming and Cecilia Taulbee who were denied marriage licenses by New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Clerk. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Albuquerque, alleges that…

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