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Case: Bowler v. Lockyer

STATUS: Victory, California

The anti-gay group Campaign for California Families (CCF) submitted a proposed initiative to amend the California Constitution to permanently exclude same-sex couples from the right to marry and to eliminate the rights and responsibilities provided to registered domestic partners. After the Attorney General issued its description of the proposed initiative and its effect, CCF filed a lawsuit challenging the Attorney General’s description.

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Family & Relationships

Case: B.F. v. T.D.

STATUS: Loss, Kentucky

B.F. and T.D., a lesbian couple, were in a committed relationship for seven years. When their attempts to get pregnant were unsuccessful, the couple decided to adopt. Because the availability of second parent adoptions is unclear in Kentucky, only T.D. adopted the child. For the next six years, the couple raised their child together. After the couple separated, however, T.D. cut off all contact between B.F. and the child, forcing B.F. to file for visitation.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Bennett v. Bowen

STATUS: Denial, California

A number of legal organizations filed a lawsuit in the California Supreme Court to remove Proposition 8 from the November ballot. Proposition 8 was a measure to change the California Constitution to eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples. The lawsuit argued that the proponents of Proposition 8 did not follow the appropriate rules for revising the California Constitution. The California Supreme Court denied the petition to remove Proposition 8 from the ballot prior to the election.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Angela G. v. D.W.

STATUS: Victory, California

Angela G. and D.W., a lesbian couple, had a child together in 1998. After the couple separated, D.W. arbitrarily cut off all contact between Angela and the child, forcing Angela to file for custody.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Adoption.com

STATUS: Victory, California

Represented by NCLR and the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Michael and Rich Butler, a San Jose couple, filed a lawsuit challenging the discriminatory policies of the for-profit websites Adoption.com and ParentProfiles.com after these businesses refused to post their profile online solely because they are a same-sex couple.

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Transgender Law

Case: Kantaras v. Kantaras

STATUS: Victory, Florida

In June 2005, love, patience, and persistence, combined with a visionary judge and a little help from Dr. Phil, led to an historic settlement agreement between NCLR client Michael Kantaras and his former wife.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Smith v. Quale

STATUS: Victory, California

The National Center for Lesbian Rights successfully represented a non-biological mother who petitioned for parental rights of her twins after her former partner restricted access to her children.

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: California Education Committee, LLC et al. v. Jack O’Connell et al.

STATUS: Victory, California

The National Center for Lesbian Rights successfully assisted in the defense of a California law protecting students from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Kerrigan & Mock, et al. v. Connecticut Department of Public Health

STATUS: Victory, Connecticut Supreme Court

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in a Connecticut case which found that preventing same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional discrimination.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Johnson v. SooHoo

STATUS: Victory, Iowa

The National Center for Lesbian Rights assisted in a case which held that visitation orders issued to a same-sex parent in one state must be honored in a different state.

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