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Marriage

Case: Strawser v. Strange

STATUS: Victory, Alabama

James Strawser and John Humphrey applied for a marriage license in Mobile County, Alabama, but were denied. Strawser faces significant health issues. Despite having a medical power of attorney, Humphrey was told by a hospital where Strawser was receiving medical treatment that they would not honor the document because Humphrey was not a family member…

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Employment

Case: Jamal v. Saks & Company

STATUS: Victory, Texas

  On January 20, 2015, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas supporting former Saks Fifth Avenue employee Leyth Jamal, who has filed a case alleging that Saks discriminated against her for…

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Marriage

Case: Schuett v. FedEx (Updated June 2016)

STATUS: Pending, California

On January 14, 2015, the widow of a longtime FedEx employee sued FedEx for refusing to provide her with federally required spousal pension benefits solely because both spouses were women. Stacey Schuett and Lesly Taboada-Hall were together for 30 years before they married on June 19, 2013 in Northern California. At the time of Taboada-Hall’s…

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Relationship Recognition

Case: Blumenthal v. Brewer

STATUS: Loss, Illinois

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Chicago Attorney Angelika Kuehn are representing Eileen Brewer, in a case seeking to end discrimination against unmarried couples that prevents them from accessing the same legal remedies that are open to others. Illinois courts currently bar unmarried couples from enforcing property disputes when they break up because…

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Marriage

Case: Ramsay v. Dalrymple

STATUS: Victory, North Dakota

On June 6, 2014, seven same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in North Dakota. The case challenges North Dakota’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 South Dakota’s laws barring same-sex couples…

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Marriage

Case: Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard

STATUS: Victory, South Dakota

On May 22, 2014, six same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit in Sioux Falls seeking the freedom to marry in South Dakota. The case challenges South Dakota’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 South Dakota’s laws…

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Relationship Recognition

Case: Dousset v. Florida Atlantic University

STATUS: Victory, Florida

On May 14, 2014, Gildas Dousset, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, filed an appeal in state court seeking recognition of his marriage to his husband. The appeal argued that Florida’s laws barring recognition of the valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples violate the United States Constitution. Dousset and his spouse legally…

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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: Ending Conversion Therapy

STATUS: Ongoing, National

NCLR has been at the forefront of the effort to protect LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ young people than conversion therapy, also known as so-called “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” or…

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Marriage

Case: Tanco v. Haslam

STATUS: VICTORY, Tennessee

In Historic Ruling, U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Marriage Equality Across the United States on June 26, 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…

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