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Marriage

Case: Tanco v. Haslam

STATUS: Pending, Tennessee

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. To prevent the plaintiff couples from continuing to be harmed by Tennessee’s laws, a federal…

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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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Employment

Case: Howe v. Haslam

STATUS: Pending, Tennessee

As outrageous as it is, today, people in many states can be fired from their jobs or denied services simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Without a federal law protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination, it is essential that cities, counties, and towns have the power to pass anti-discrimination laws. Nashville passed…

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Family & Relationships

Case: Griego v. Oliver

STATUS: Victory, New Mexico

NCLR filed a lawsuit on behalf of couples Rose Griego and Kim Kiel, Miriam Rand and Ona Porter, A.D. Joplin and Greg Gomez, Therese Councilor and Tanya Struble, and Monica Leaming and Cecilia Taulbee who were denied marriage licenses by New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Clerk. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Albuquerque, alleges that…

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Family & Relationships

Case: Reynolds and McKinley

STATUS: Pending, Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation District Court

NCLR represents Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley, a same-sex couple who are members of the Cherokee Nation. The couple obtained a marriage certificate from the Cherokee Nation and married in May 2004, but soon faced challenges to their marriage.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Vicky

STATUS: Pending, Mexico, USCIS Asylum Office

NCLR is helping Vicky, a transgender woman from Mexico who was often attacked by family and neighbors for her femininity. Vicky was deported after fleeing to the U.S., but returned to apply for asylum, and her case has been pending for over three years.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re S.K.

STATUS: Pending, Pakistan, Board of Immigration Appeals

NCLR filed an amicus brief in support of a Pakistani gay man with HIV who was originally denied asylum relief on the basis that he could escape persecution by hiding his sexuality.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re S.H.

STATUS: Pending, Bosnia

NCLR is helping S.H., a lesbian from Bosnia who came to the United States in 2006 to escape the oppressive and abusive conditions she faced because of her sexual orientation in her home country.

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