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Policy: Federal LGBT Equal Access Rule

STATUS: Victory, Federal

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is committed to increasing access to fair housing for the LGBT community across the country. NCLR has worked extremely closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help shape fair housing policies that impact our community. In 2010, HUD announced that it would begin interpreting the…

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Policy: Federal Hospital Visitation Rule

STATUS: Victory, Federal

The National Center for Lesbian Rights was a lead partner with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the development of the administration’s historic Hospital Visitation Rule. The Rule came at the direction of President Obama who urged HHS to identify ways to protect the hospital visitation rights of all patients through policy…

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Legislation: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR has worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the recently enacted healthcare reform law. NCLR has drafted and signed on to numerous sets of comments to HHS providing thoughts and analysis on several regulations surrounding the ACA, advocating tirelessly…

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Legislation: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

STATUS: Victory, Federal

On December 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, which allowed for the repeal of the 1994 federal policy that barred LGB people from serving openly in the military. As President Obama remarked during the signing of the bill, “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”

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Family & Relationships

Legislation: Children with More Than Two Parents

STATUS: Victory, California

Most children have at most two parents, but some children have more than two people in their lives who act as the child’s parent in every way. For example, a child raised from birth by a biological mother and a non-biological father may also have a relationship with his or her biological father. In such…

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Legislation: Maryland Marriage Equality

STATUS: Victory, Maryland

H.B. 438 – Civil Marriage Protection Act Helped draft and worked closely with the state legislature to pass a marriage equality bill in Maryland through a strong and diverse coalition of supporters.

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Family & Relationships

Legislation: Equal Access to Fertility

STATUS: Victory, California

AB 2356 allows California fertility service providers to offer people seeking to conceive using a known sperm donor access to certain fertility services on the same terms as different-sex couples. It was authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and co-sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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Legislation: Protecting Parent-Child Relationships

STATUS: Pending, California

AB 1349 – California Parentage Bill Helped pass a bill strengthening protections for non-biological parents of children conceived with a known donor in California.

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