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Federal Legislation & Policy

Advocacy: LGBT Rural Pride Campaign

STATUS: Ongoing, National

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced the launch of the Rural Pride campaign to elevate and address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in rural communities across the country. The goal of the campaign is to challenge the…

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State Legislation & Policy

Advocacy: Anti-LGBT Conversion Therapy

STATUS: Ongoing, National

NCLR has been at the forefront of the effort to protect LGBT minors from these dangerous and discredited practices by mental health providers, which put youth at risk of depression, substance abuse, and suicide. Few practices are more harmful to LGBT young people than anti-LGBT conversion therapy, also known as so-called “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,”…

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Marriage

Case: 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, a…

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Marriage

Case: Pareto v. Ruvin

STATUS: Victory, 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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Marriage

Case: Kitchen v. Herbert

STATUS: Victory, 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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Marriage

Case: Latta v. Otter

STATUS: Victory, Idaho

On November 8, 2013, four same-sex couples 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…

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Marriage

Case: Tanco v. Haslam

STATUS: Pending, Tennessee

U.S. SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW Tennessee Marriage Equality Case on April 28, 2015 BACKGROUND On October 21, 2013, NCLR filed a lawsuit on behalf of three 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…

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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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