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Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

STATUS: Amicus Brief Filed

In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips informed them that because of his religious beliefs, the store would not serve customers who wanted to order cakes to celebrate a same-sex couple’s wedding. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission…

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Parenting

K.M.M. v. K.E.W.

STATUS: Victory! Missouri

K.M.M. and K.E.W. were in a committed same-sex relationship and had a child through assisted reproduction using an anonymous sperm donor in 2011. They raised their son together as a family for several years.  The parties separated in 2015, and K.E.W. stopped allowing K.M.M. to see their child.  K.M.M. filed the original action to be…

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Marriage

Pidgeon v. Turner

STATUS: Pending, Texas

In 2013, Houston mayor Annise Parker directed that same-sex spouses of city employees who were legally married in another state be afforded the same benefits as different-sex spouses of city employees. Two individuals, represented by the anti-LGBT group Texas Values, filed a lawsuit in Texas state court challenging the extension of benefits to same-sex spouses,…

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Marriage

Case: Pavan v. Smith

STATUS: Victory!

Marisa and Terrah Pavan were legally married in New Hampshire in 2011. The Pavans were living in Arkansas in 2015 when Terrah gave birth to their daughter. Marisa and Terrah jointly planned their daughter’s conception and arranged and paid for an anonymous sperm donor.  They completed the application to receive a birth certificate at the…

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: Vo v. Gee

STATUS: Pending | Louisiana

On February 8, 2017, NCLR, GLAD, and Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief arguing that Louisiana’s law requiring any foreign-born person to present a certified birth certificate in order to marry is an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental right to marry, and requesting that the court grant a preliminary injunction against enforcement of that law. The…

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Youth

Case: Equality Utah v. Utah State Board of Education

STATUS: Pending | Utah

On October 21, 2016, Equality Utah and three students, represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP, filed a federal lawsuit challenging state laws that ban positive speech about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Utah public schools. The lawsuit—the first of its…

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Parenting

McLaughlin v. McLaughlin

STATUS: Victory, Arizona

Suzan McLaughlin and Kimberly McLaughlin were a married lesbian couple who had a child using artificial insemination with an anonymous donor in 2011. The parties separated in 2013 and Kimberly stopped allowing Suzan to see their child. Suzan filed the original action to be recognized as a parent in 2013.  In April 2016, the trial…

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Transgender Youth

Case: Highland Local School District v. U.S. Dept. of Educ.

STATUS: Pending, Ohio

On September 26, 2016, Judge Algenon L. Marbley, a federal court judge in Ohio, ordered the Highland Local School District to treat Jane Doe “as the girl she is,” specifically requiring the school district to allow her to use the girls’ restroom and use her female name and pronouns when referring to her. In the…

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Transgender Youth

Case: Prescott v. RCHSD

STATUS: Pending | California

On September 26, 2016, the mother of a transgender teenaged boy who was admitted into Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (RCHSD) for inpatient care filed a lawsuit against the hospital for discrimination against her son. Katharine Prescott took her 14-year-old son, Kyler Prescott, to RCHSD in early April 2015 for suicidal ideation and for treatment of…

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Marriage

Case: Reed v. KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan, Pension Committee of the Kron/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan, and Young Broadcasting of San Francisco, Inc.

STATUS: Pending | California

On August 9, 2016, the widower of a former KRON4 employee sued Young Broadcasting of San Francisco and the KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit even though the couple were registered domestic partners. David Reed and Donald Lee Gardner began dating in 1998. They quickly fell…

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