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Since its start, NCLR has worked to ensure that LGBT parents have the legal protections they need.

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Marriage

Same-sex couples deserve the freedom to marry the person they love for the same reasons other couples can.

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Relationship Recognition

NCLR works to achieve full, fair, and equal legal recognition of the LGBT community’s relationships.

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Featured Court Cases & Advocacy

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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Featured Policy & Legislation

Family & Relationships

Legislation: California Assembly Bill 960

California

On October 10, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that updates the state’s assisted reproduction laws to ensure that all families are equally protected under the law. Authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, Assembly Bill 960 updates current assisted reproduction laws in three ways: first, unmarried couples using assisted reproduction to become parents will…

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Family & Relationships

Legislation: Children with More Than Two Parents

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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Press Releases

Relationship Recognition

August 18, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Deals Major Setback to Unmarried Couples

Relationship Recognition

August 9, 2016

Gay Widower Sues KRON4 Pension Plan for Refusing to Provide Survivor Benefits After His Husband Died

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