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Family & Relationships

Case: Debra H. v. Janice R.

STATUS: Partial victory, New York

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in a case wherein two women separated and one mother refused to allow the other mother contact after 4.5 years of shared custody.

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Family & Relationships

Case: D.A. v. J.W.

STATUS: Victory, FL

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an appeal on behalf of D.A. to dismiss a restraining order against her because her consensual relationship with a woman was deemed “dating violence.”

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Family & Relationships

Case: Colombia Diversa, Expediente No. D-6362, Corte Constitucional de Colombia

STATUS: Victory, Colombia, Corte Constitucional de Colombia

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief challenging Colombia’s marriage laws that excluded same-sex couples under the Colombian Consitution’s equal protection provision.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Charisma R. v. Kristina S.

STATUS: Victory, California

Charisma R. and Kristina S. were in a committed relationship for 6 years. They decided to have children together, and Kristina gave birth to their child in 2003. They started a baby journal and sent out a joint birth announcement. Charisma and Kristina cared for their child together, and Charisma provided the primary care after Kristina returned to work. When their child was only a few months old, Kristina abruptly left their shared home and refused to allow Charisma to have any contact with their baby.

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group

STATUS: CA, California Supreme Court

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in a case involving a lesbian denied fertility treatments by her healthcare organization because of her sexual orientation.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Karen Atala Riffo v. Chile

STATUS: Victory, Inter-American Human Rights Commission

NCLR joined an amicus brief in a successful case against Chile for denying a lesbian mother custody of her children.

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Steven Apilado, et al. v. North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association

STATUS: Victory, WA

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed and settled a case that reinstated three bisexual players disqualified from the Gay Softball World Series.

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Young v. IPS

STATUS: Victory, Illinois

YOUNG V. IPS Dynasty Young is an openly gay young man who faced relentless, severe harassment and abuse by peers at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis Public Schools.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Port v. Cowan

STATUS: Victory, Maryland

NCLR appealed and won a Maryland judge’s denial of a divorce to two women who validly married in California.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Nancy C. v. Alameda County Fire Department

STATUS: Victory, California

NCLR advocated for Nancy C., an emergency dispatcher in California who sought to have her wife added as a beneficiary to her health and retirement plans under SB 54, but was told she could not.

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