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Featured Court Cases & Advocacy

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Pidgeon v. Turner

STATUS: Pending, Texas

In 2013, Houston mayor Annise Parker directed that same-sex spouses of city employees who were legally married in another state be afforded the same benefits as different-sex spouses of city employees. Two individuals, represented by the anti-LGBT group Texas Values, filed a lawsuit in Texas state court challenging the extension of benefits to same-sex spouses,…

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Case: Pavan v. Smith

STATUS: Victory!

Marisa and Terrah Pavan were legally married in New Hampshire in 2011. The Pavans were living in Arkansas in 2015 when Terrah gave birth to their daughter. Marisa and Terrah jointly planned their daughter’s conception and arranged and paid for an anonymous sperm donor.  They completed the application to receive a birth certificate at the…

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Featured Policy & Legislation

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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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Legislation: Equal Access to Fertility

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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Press Releases

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September 12, 2017

NCLR statement on the death of LGBT rights hero and icon Edith Windsor

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June 30, 2017

Texas Supreme Court Allows Unconstitutional Claim to Continue

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