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July 1, 2015 | Issues:

No Time for a Honeymoon

Today, America is closer to being a country that walks the talk of “Equal Justice Under Law.” After last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in our Tennessee marriage case (one of four cases before the Court), striking down discriminatory state marriage laws and affirming our freedom to marry, millions of families are more equal and…

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June 1, 2015 | Issues:

Caitlyn Jenner Introduces Herself in Magazine Article

Caitlyn Jenner made her public debut since completing gender transition, as revealed in a Vanity Fair article published today. In the article, Caitlyn, formally known as Bruce, told Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger, “Bruce Jenner was always telling lies. Caitlyn doesn’t have any lies.” She went on, “I can report that Caitlyn seems immensely happy,…

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May 27, 2015 | Issues:

Every Child Deserves a Family

On May 19, 2015, Every Child Deserves A Family Act (ECDF) was re-introduced in congress by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Lewis (D-GA 5th) and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL 27th). The bill was introduced first in 2009 and has been re-introduced in each congress since. Each year it garners more support but has yet to be enacted….

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May 8, 2015 | Issues:

A Letter to Michael Johnson

(This letter was a collaboration between Mr. Hanley and the names listed below) Dear Michael, We, black men, write this letter to you out of love. We can only imagine the burdens you have had to carry personally: experiences of isolation, shame, rejection and moral judgment. But we want you to know that in our…

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April 29, 2015 | Issues:

NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell Responds to Supreme Court Marriage Case Hearing

  On April 28th, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in our Tennessee marriage equality case and cases from three other states. A decision is expected by the end of June. The following is the reaction from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, who had a seat at the historic hearing.

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April 9, 2015 | Issues:

The President Joins Our Fight

Nine months ago, NCLR launched our #BornPerfect campaign to end the use of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth in five years. At the time, we thought it was an ambitious goal. We could not have imagined then the speed with which this movement has already grown or the impact it has already made. Thanks to…

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April 8, 2015 | Issues:

Using Religion to Justify Discrimination is Blasphemy

I came out to my mother at 21, while she was driving us to see my grandparents in Oregon. I was prepared for the worst. Looking back, the idea that I would reveal this information in a fast moving vehicle now seems risky, but I needn’t have worried. Despite my mom’s devotion to her Mormon…

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April 6, 2015 | Issues:

When Marriage Is Not Enough: What same-sex couples need to know about protecting their families

Marriage equality across the nation has been moving at a breakneck speed and it shows no sign of stopping. Achieving this new legal benefit has been an incredible advancement for the rights and dignity of all LGBT people. But it’s also important to remember that even though marriage provides thousands of couples and their families…

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March 19, 2015 | Issues:

Department of Labor Revises Regulatory Definition of Spouse Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under this new rule, legally married same-sex couples will be recognized as spouses and eligible for FMLA benefits, regardless of the law in the state where they currently live. The rule,…

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February 14, 2015 |

Meet Our Supreme Court Plaintiffs and Send Them Your Support

The United States Supreme Court is hearing our historic Tennessee marriage equality case, and our three plaintiff couples are headed to the Supreme Court!  We are working as hard as we can to finally win the freedom to marry nationwide, and our Tennessee case will be a critical part of that historic victory. While we’re…

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