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Family & Relationships

Case: Wood v. Wood

STATUS: Victory, Florida/Colorado

NCLR represents Hannah Wood in a Florida child custody case against her former partner, Courtney Wood. Hannah and Courtney had a child together using alternative insemination. After the couple separated, a Colorado court granted Hannah visitation with the couple’s daughter. Courtney fled the state with their daughter and filed an action in Florida, seeking a…

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: W.K. v. Gonzales

STATUS: Loss, Zimbabwe

NCLR petitioned the Eighth Circuit to reconsider its denial of W.K.’s asylum application, a decision that would return W.K. to Zimbabwe where he was regularly abused, tortured, and imprisoned for being gay

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Family & Relationships

Case: Varnum v. Brien

STATUS: Victory, Iowa

On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 1998 state ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Tina B. v. Paul S.

STATUS: Victory, West Virginia

Tina B. and Christine S., a lesbian couple, lived together for many years and had two children together. When Christine died, Christine’s parents tried to obtain custody of one of the children, over Tina’s strong objection.

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Low Income & Poverty

Advocacy: Transgender Elder Law Clinic

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In collaboration with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, NCLR organized one of the first transgender-specific elder law clinics in March 2013. NCLR organized volunteer attorneys and advocates from the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Transgender Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legal Aid Foundation of L.A., Neighborhood Legal Services of Los…

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Elders

Advocacy: Ann Fanning and Lyndy Roxby

STATUS: Victory, Florida

Ann Fanning and Lyndy Roxby had been together for nearly thirteen years when Ann suffered a debilitating stroke. Lyndy began caring for her immediately. About ten years later, Ann entered hospice care while Lyndy continued to care for her. During this time, Ann signed several legal documents, designating Lyndy as the person responsible to make…

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Family & Relationships

Case: Strong v. BOE

STATUS: Victory, California

NCLR defended the validity of a rule in California that extended to domestic partners the right to inherit a home after a spouse’s death without a reassessment of the tax value of the home

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Employment

Case: Stephens v. Bloomsburg School District

STATUS: Victory, Texas

Merry Stephens, an award-winning teacher and basketball coach who was terminated because of the personal anti-gay animosity of several school board members

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Employment

Case: Stanton v. City of Largo

STATUS: Loss, Florida

NCLR represented Susan Stanton, the City Manager for the City of Largo, Florida, after the city threatened to fire her because she was transgender and planned to undergo sex reassignment surgery

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: Soto Vega v. John Ashcroft

STATUS: Victory, Mexico

NCLR filed an amicus brief on behalf of a gay Mexican man, Jorge Soto Vega, whose asylum application was denied by an immigration judge because Vega did not “look gay”

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