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2014

Youth

September 11, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Law Prohibiting Conversion Therapy for Minors

Court Rejects Anti-LGBT Groups’ Constitutional Challenges to Law (Trenton, NJ, September 11, 2014)—Today, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously upheld a 2013 New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression or identity of patients under 18 years old. The…

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Marriage

September 10, 2014

Utah Marriage Case Legal Team Responds to State’s Response Brief Filed Today with U.S. Supreme Court

(San Francisco, CA, September 10, 2014)—Today, the State of Utah filed the final papers needed for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether or not to grant review of the Tenth Circuit ruling in favor of the freedom to marry in Utah. The Court has scheduled the case for possible discussion at its September 29th…

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Marriage

September 8, 2014

Statement Regarding Ninth Circuit Oral Argument in Idaho Marriage Equality Case

(San Francisco, CA, September 8, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument in the Idaho marriage equality case, Latta v. Otter, in San Francisco. The case was brought by four same-sex couples, Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber…

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Marriage

August 28, 2014

Utah Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case

(Salt Lake City, Utah, August 28, 2014)—Today, the three couples challenging the State of Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the United States Supreme Court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case. In the brief filed today, the plaintiffs argue that Supreme Court review is required because same-sex…

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Youth

August 27, 2014

NCLR Representing Conversion Therapy Survivor who Alleges Sexual Abuse by School Leader After Coming Out

(DeSoto County, MS, August 27, 2014)—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) helped file a complaint with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of a former student of Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Mississippi who says he was sexually abused for three years by a teacher attempting to “cure” his sexual orientation. The…

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Family & Relationships

August 6, 2014

New Jersey Court Recognizes that Bonded Stepparents can Maintain Contact with Children they Have Raised

(Trenton, NJ, August 6, 2014)—Today, an appellate court in New Jersey issued a decision recognizing that a same-sex stepparent who has raised a child from a young age can seek custody or visitation with the child if it is in child’s best interests. The court recognized that every child has a strong interest in maintaining…

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Marriage

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Hears Tennessee Marriage Equality Case

(Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral argument in Tennessee’s marriage equality case, Tanco v. Haslam. Attorney William Harbison argued on behalf of the three plaintiff couples that Tennessee’s failure to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection…

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Marriage

August 5, 2014

NCLR Responds to State of Utah’s Petition for Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Decision Striking Down Utah’s Marriage Ban for Same-Sex Couples

(Salt Lake City, UT, August 5, 2014)—Today, the Utah state officials defending the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Court to review a June 2014 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down the Utah…

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Youth

July 31, 2014

Federal Court Rejects Second Lawsuit Challenging New Jersey Law Prohibiting Conversion Therapy for Minors

(Trenton, NJ, July 31, 2014)—Today, Judge Freda Wolfson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a lawsuit that challenged a 2013 New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of a patient under 18 years old. The judge also…

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Youth

July 31, 2014

Former Founders, Leaders, and Promoters of the “Ex-Gay” Movement Denounce Conversion Therapy and Stand with NCLR’s #BornPerfect

(San Francisco, CA, July 31, 2014)—Today, nine former leaders of so-called “ex-gay” ministries published a joint letter denouncing the dangerous practices of conversion therapy and lending their support to the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ #BornPerfect campaign to end conversion therapy in five years. In the deeply personal letter, these nine leaders—including founders of Exodus…

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Marriage

July 25, 2014

Miami Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality in Florida

(Miami, FL, July 25, 2014)—Today, a state trial court in Miami issued a decision striking down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court stayed the order pending appeal.

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Marriage

July 23, 2014

North Dakota Couples Ask Federal District Court to Invalidate State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Fargo, ND, July 23, 2014)—Late Tuesday, the seven same-sex couples who are challenging North Dakota’s laws banning marriage equality asked a federal court to declare the laws unconstitutional. In their request, the couples argue that North Dakota’s laws that prohibit marriage equality and the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples married in other states violate…

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Employment

July 18, 2014

President Obama Bars Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

(San Francisco, CA, July 18, 2014)—Today, the White House announced that on Monday President Obama will sign an Executive Order requiring all recipients of federal contracts to have policies that prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Federal contractors employ more than 20 percent of the U.S. workforce, and this historic move…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

July 16, 2014

NCLR Applauds USDA Non-Discrimination Final Rule

(Washington, D.C., July 16, 2014)—Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule that extends crucial non-discrimination protections to transgender and gender non-conforming participants in many USDA services and programs. The rule amends the existing USDA non-discrimination rule, 7 C.F.R. 15(d), to add “gender identity” as a prohibited basis for discrimination in programs…

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Marriage

July 9, 2014

NCLR Responds to State of Utah’s Decision To Seek Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Decision Striking Down Utah’s Marriage Ban for Same-Sex Couples

(Salt Lake City, UT, July 9, 2014)—Today, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced that his office will not seek further review by the full United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit of a June 2014 decision by a 3-judge panel of that court striking down Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The State of…

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Employment

July 8, 2014

Joint Statement on Withdrawal of Support for ENDA and Call for Equal Workplace Protections for LGBT People

(San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2014)—The following national LGBT legal organizations have signed onto the below statement: American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center. “The provision in the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that allows religious organizations to…

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Family & Relationships

July 7, 2014

South Dakota Couples Ask Federal District Court to Strike Down State Laws Prohibiting Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Sioux Falls, SD, July 7, 2014)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has joined the legal team representing six same-sex couples who are challenging the State of South Dakota’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage. Last week, the couples asked a federal district court in Sioux Falls to declare that South Dakota’s refusal to permit…

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Family & Relationships

July 7, 2014

Veteran Files Lawsuit to Be Buried With Her Late Wife in Idaho Cemetery

(Boise, ID, July 7, 2014)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Boise attorneys Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham filed a lawsuit on behalf of Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old military veteran challenging Idaho state laws prohibiting her from being buried in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with her late wife, Jean Mixner….

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Marriage

July 2, 2014

Florida Couples and Equality Florida Institute Urge Court to Strike Down State’s Ban on Marriage Equality

(Miami, FL, July 2, 2014)—Today, a state trial court in Miami heard oral argument on a motion filed in May by six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marriage. The couples asked the court to strike down Florida’s marriage ban and order the state to allow same-sex couples…

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Marriage

July 1, 2014

Wyoming Couples and Wyoming Equality Ask State Court to Declare State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

(Cheyenne, WY, July 1, 2014)—Today, the plaintiffs challenging the State of Wyoming’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry asked a state district court to declare that the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. The four couples and Equality Wyoming filed a motion asking the court to rule that Wyoming’s ban on marriage for…

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Healthcare

June 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Limits Access to Preventive Healthcare

(San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2014)—Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that limits the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires all health insurance plans to include preventative healthcare, including contraception coverage. The Court agreed with for-profit corporation Hobby Lobby that the Religious…

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Youth

June 30, 2014

NCLR and Equality California Applaud U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Enforcement of California Law Prohibiting Dangerous Psychological Practices to Change Minors’ Sexual Orientation or Gender Expression

(San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2014)—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review a 2013 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding California’s Senate Bill 1172, a law that prohibits licensed counselors and therapists from engaging in dangerous practices to try to change the sexual orientation…

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Marriage

June 25, 2014

Tenth Circuit Rules in Favor of the Freedom to Marry in Utah

(Denver, CO, June 25, 2014)—In a landmark decision today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that Utah’s ban on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Today’s decision in Kitchen v. Herbert is the first federal appellate court ruling…

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Youth

June 24, 2014

NCLR Launches National Campaign to Protect LGBT Kids from Dangers of Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, June 24, 2014)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is launching #BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy, a national effort aimed at protecting LGBT kids from the harms caused by attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, including alienation from their families, severe depression, and suicide attempts. Few…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

June 20, 2014

NCLR Urges Obama Administration and Courts to Assure Equal Benefits for All Same-Sex Spouses

(San Francisco, CA, June 20, 2014)—Today, the federal Department of Justice issued a summary of its efforts in the past year to implement United States v. Windsor, the June 26, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denied all federal benefits and protections to same-sex…

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Employment

June 16, 2014

President Obama Uses Executive Powers to Protect LGBT Employees

(San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2014)—Today, President Obama directed White House staff to begin drafting an Executive Order that would require all recipients of federal contracts to have policies that prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Federal contractors employ more than 20 percent of the U.S. workforce, and this historic move…

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Rural Communities

May 30, 2014

#RuralPride Kicks-Off Rural Summit Series in Greensboro, NC with First Summit on LGBT Rural Community

(Washington D.C., May 30, 2014)—On June 6, 2014, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold the first in a series of summits focusing on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in rural communities across the country. The event, co-hosted by the LGBTQ…

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Family & Relationships

May 20, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Expedites Appeal of Decision Overturning Idaho’s Ban on Marriage Equality, Puts Decision On Hold While Appeal Proceeds

(Boise, ID, May 20, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered expedited review of a federal district court’s decision that overturned Idaho’s ban on marriage equality. At the same time, the court put the lower court’s decision on hold until the appeal is completed. On May 13, Chief U.S. Magistrate…

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Additional Civil Rights

May 18, 2014

NCLR Celebrates Huge Strides for LGBT Equality at Annual Celebration

(San Francisco, CA, May 17, 2014)—More than 1,500 people from across the country attended the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ 2014 Anniversary Celebration today in San Francisco to celebrate victories in the movement for LGBT equality and to honor those who have become role models through their unfailing commitment to justice. “The Anniversary Celebration leaves…

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Additional Civil Rights

May 16, 2014

CalPERS Divests from Russian Companies After Petition Launched by NCLR and EQCA

(San Francisco, CA, May 16, 2014)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the California Public Employees’ Retirement System—known as CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in the nation—for divesting from Russian companies that are directly supporting the torture and abuse of LGBT youth in Russia. In March, NCLR and Equality California (EQCA) launched an online…

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Marriage

May 15, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Enters Temporary Stay to Allow Time to Consider Whether to Put on Hold Decision Striking Down Idaho’s Ban on Marriages for Same-Sex Couples

(Boise, ID, May 15, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit temporarily put on hold a federal district court’s decision that overturned Idaho’s ban on marriage equality. On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ordered the State of Idaho to allow same-sex couples to marry and to recognize the marriages…

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Relationship Recognition

May 14, 2014

Florida Student Files Appeal Seeking Recognition of Marriage to Same-Sex Partner

(West Palm Beach, FL, May 14, 2014)—Today, Gildas Dousset, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, filed an appeal in state court seeking recognition of his marriage to his husband. The appeal, filed in the Fourth District Court of Appeals, argues that Florida’s laws barring recognition of valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex…

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Marriage

May 13, 2014

Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality in Idaho

(Boise, ID, May 13, 2014)—Today, a federal district court in Boise issued a decision striking down Idaho’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering the state to allow same-sex couples to marry in Idaho and to recognize the marriages of couples who married in other states. The court’s order takes effect at 9:00 a.m….

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 7, 2014

USDA and NCLR Launch LGBT Rural Pride Campaign

(Washington, D.C., May 7, 2014)— Today, 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.

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Marriage

May 5, 2014

Idaho Couples Urge Federal Court to Strike Down State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Boise, ID, May 5, 2014)—Today, a federal district court in Boise heard oral argument on a motion filed by four same-sex couples challenging Idaho’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage and refusing to recognize their existing marriages. The couples asked the court to strike down Idaho’s marriage ban and order the state to allow same-sex…

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Marriage

May 1, 2014

Florida Couples and Equality Florida Ask State Court to Declare State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

(Miami, FL, May 1, 2014)—Today, the plaintiffs challenging the State of Florida’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry asked a state court to rule that the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. In their motion, the six couples and Equality Florida Institute argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality violates the Equal Protection…

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Marriage

April 10, 2014

Statement Regarding Tenth Circuit Oral Argument in Utah Marriage Equality Case

(Denver, CO, April 10, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument in the Utah freedom to marry case, Kitchen v. Herbert, in Denver. This was the first federal appellate court hearing in a freedom to marry case since the United States Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that…

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Additional Civil Rights

April 2, 2014

NCLR Responds to Discriminatory Mississippi Bill Moving to Governor’s Desk

(San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2014)—Late Tuesday, the Mississippi legislature sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would permit businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT people and others based on religious grounds. If the governor signs Senate Bill 2681, the law would go into effect on July 1. Statement by NCLR Executive…

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Additional Civil Rights

April 1, 2014

NCLR Celebrates Huge Strides for LGBT Equality at Annual Celebration

(San Francisco, CA, April 1, 2014)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is proud to announce that it will honor several heroes—including actor Meredith Baxter for her LGBT advocacy and survivors of so-called “reparative therapy” for their courage in speaking out to protect other LGBT youth—in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality…

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Additional Civil Rights

March 26, 2014

NCLR and EQCA Urge CA to Divest From Russian Companies Supporting Attacks on LGBT Youth

(San Francisco, CA, March 26, 2014)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California (EQCA) are launching a petition campaign urging California Public Employees’ Retirement System—CalPERS—to divest from Russian companies directly supporting the torture and abuse of LGBT youth in Russia. CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in the nation, has invested more…

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Additional Civil Rights

March 19, 2014

NCLR in Palm Springs Event Celebrates Progress Made in the Movement for LGBT Equality

(Palm Springs, CA, March 19, 2014)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is proud to announce its annual Dinah Weekend celebration on April 5th honoring the progress that has been made in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. This year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet. More than 200…

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Sports

March 15, 2014

LGBT Sports Coalition Urges CrossFit to Allow Chloie Jönnson to Compete Against Women

(Chicago, March 14, 2014)—The LGBT Sports Coalition calls for fitness company CrossFit to reverse its decision to force one of its own athletes, Chloie Jönnson, to compete with the wrong gender in their latest championship event because she happens to be transgender. In making this decision, CrossFit is claiming an expertise that the for-profit amateur…

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Family & Relationships

March 14, 2014

Federal Court Orders Tennessee to Recognize Marriages of Same-Sex Couples While Their Legal Challenge Proceeds

(Nashville, TN, March 14, 2014)—Today, a federal district court in Nashville, Tennessee ruled that Tennessee officials must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples who moved to Tennessee after legally marrying in other states. The ruling provides immediate protection for the couples while the suit they filed in October challenging Tennessee’s failure to recognize same-sex…

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Family & Relationships

March 5, 2014

Same-Sex Couples and Wyoming Equality File Lawsuit Seeking the Freedom to Marry in Wyoming

Today, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states.

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Marriage

March 5, 2014

Broad Array of Child Welfare and Public Interest Organizations, Businesses, State Governments, and Faith Leaders Urge Federal Appeals Court to Uphold Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples in Utah

(Salt Lake City, UT, March 5, 2014)—A diverse range of friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, urging the court to uphold a lower court’s December 2013 decision finding that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the United States Constitution. The briefs were filed…

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Family & Relationships

March 4, 2014

Dozens of Friend of the Court Briefs to be Filed in Support of Freedom to Marry for Utah Same-Sex Couples

(Salt Lake City, UT, March 4, 2014)—More than two dozen friend-of-the-court briefs are expected to be filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by the end of the day today, urging the court to uphold a lower court’s December 2013 decision finding that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples…

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Family & Relationships

February 26, 2014

Utah Same-Sex Couples Urge Federal Appeals Court to Uphold Decision Striking Down State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Salt Lake City, UT, February 26, 2014)—Late Tuesday, attorneys for three couples challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, urging the court to uphold a lower court’s December 2013 decision finding the ban unconstitutional. On December 20, 2013, U.S. District…

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State Legislation & Policy

February 25, 2014

Attempt to Repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act Fails

(San Francisco, CA, February 24, 2014)—Today, the effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act—California’s new law ensuring that all children have opportunities to do well in school—failed to qualify for the ballot. The law—also known as Assembly Bill 1266—went into effect on January 1st, ensuring that schools have the guidance they need to…

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Family & Relationships

February 19, 2014

Idaho Couples Ask Federal Court to Declare State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

(Boise, ID, February 19, 2014)—Late Tuesday, four couples suing the State of Idaho asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional Idaho’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry or to recognize their existing marriages. In their request, the couples argue that Idaho’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection and Due Process…

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State Legislation & Policy

February 13, 2014

New Model Policy For the School Success and Opportunity Act Helps Schools Support All Students

(San Francisco, CA., February 13, 2014)—Today, the Support All Students campaign—including a broad coalition of nearly 100 state and national organizations backing California’s law that ensures all schoolchildren have a fair chance to do well—applauds the California School Boards Association’s  (CSBA) new model policy to help districts comply with the law. The model policy released…

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Marriage

February 10, 2014

Marriage Equality Advocates Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the “Winter of Love”

(San Francisco, CA, February 10, 2014)—Ten years ago, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made history when he ordered the City and County of San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. NCLR was there from the beginning of what became the “Winter of Love,” which began on February 12, 2004. We worked with…

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Transgender Law

January 30, 2014

Maine Supreme Court Supports Opportunities for Transgender Youth

Today, transgender students, their parents, and educators in California celebrated a Maine Supreme Court decision ensuring that all young people—including those who are transgender—should have the same opportunities to do well in school and graduate.

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State Legislation & Policy

January 29, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Lets Stand California Law Protecting Youth from Dangerous Anti-Gay “Conversion” Therapies

(San Francisco, CA, January 29, 2014)—Today, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit let stand an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the same court upholding Senate Bill 1172, a California statute enacted in 2012 that protects minors from dangerous and ineffective mental health treatments that falsely claim to be able…

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Additional Civil Rights

January 21, 2014

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds That Government Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Is Subject to Heightened Constitutional Scrutiny

(San Francisco, CA, January 21, 2014)—Today, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that attorneys in federal cases may not dismiss prospective jurors on the basis of the jurors’ sexual orientation. In its opinion, the court held that laws and government actions that discriminate on the basis…

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Family & Relationships

January 21, 2014

Six Same-sex Couples and Equality Florida Institute File Lawsuit Seeking the Freedom to Marry in Florida

(Miami, FL, January 21, 2014)—Today, six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom…

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Marriage

January 16, 2014

NCLR Responds to Utah Tax Commission Decision to Honor the Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

(San Francisco, CA, January 16, 2014)—Yesterday, the Utah State Tax Commission announced that it will permit same-sex couples who were legally married as of December 31, 2013 to file their state income taxes as married for the year of 2013. Earlier this month, the Governor announced that the State of Utah intended to stop providing…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

January 13, 2014

Constitutional Law Expert David Codell Joins NCLR

(San Francisco, CA, January 13, 2014)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is pleased to announce that nationally respected litigator and constitutional law expert David Codell has joined NCLR as its Constitutional Litigation Director. Codell comes to NCLR with extensive experience in civil rights litigation and most recently served as Visiting Legal Director of the…

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Family & Relationships

January 10, 2014

Federal Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Married Couples

(San Francisco, CA, January 10, 2014)—Today, the United States Department of Justice announced that the federal government will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who married in Utah for purposes of federal benefits and protections, just as it recognizes the marriages of other legally married same-sex couples. More than 1,000 same-sex couples have married in…

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Family & Relationships

January 9, 2014

NCLR Joining Utah Marriage Equality Case

(San Francisco, CA, January 9, 2014)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is pleased to announce that it is joining the law firm of Magleby & Greenwood, P.C., as counsel for the plaintiff couples in Kitchen v. Herbert, the lawsuit in which a federal judge recently struck down Utah’s ban on marriage by same–sex couples. …

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State Legislation & Policy

January 8, 2014

Students and Families Optimistic That School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266) Will Remain Law

Transgender students, and their parents, educators and friends today are both relieved and concerned that that while the California School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), which helps schools better understand how to provide a fair opportunity for transgender students to participate and succeed, failed to qualify for a referendum based on a random count of signatures but may still qualify depending on the outcome of a full count of the signatures.

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