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2015

Employment

March 5, 2015

NCLR, EQCA, and TLC Sponsor California Equal Benefits Bill

Bill Prohibits State from Doing Business with Companies that Discriminate Against Transgender Employees (Sacramento, CA, March 5, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Equality California (EQCA), and Transgender Law Center applaud the introduction of a California bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender…

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Marriage

March 5, 2015

Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Cases On April 28, 2015

(Washington, DC, March 5, 2015)—The United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument on April 28, 2015 in marriage equality cases from Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. By hearing the cases, the Court has an opportunity to bring an end to the serious harms caused by discriminatory marriage laws in the minority of states that…

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Parenting

February 27, 2015

Alabama Court of Appeals Recognizes Adoptions by Same-Sex Parents

Montgomery, AL, February 27, 2015)—Today, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals unanimously held that a second parent adoption granted to now separated same-sex parents by a Georgia court in 2007 must be recognized in Alabama—and that V.L., the adoptive mother of their three children, must be recognized as their parent and allowed to seek custody…

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Marriage

February 27, 2015

Tennessee Couples File Brief Asking Supreme Court to Uphold the Freedom to Marry and End “Checkerboard Nation” of Marriage Laws

(Washington D.C., February 27, 2015)—Three couples challenging Tennessee’s marriage ban filed a brief in the Supreme Court  of the United States today, asking the Court to rule that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry and thereby put an end to “a checkerboard nation in which same-sex couples’ marriages are dissolved and reestablished as they…

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State Legislation & Policy

February 23, 2015

Oklahoma’s Sally Kern Wants Special State Protection For Dangerous Anti-LGBT Psychological Abuse

(Oklahoma City, OK, February 23, 2015)—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Freedom Oklahoma condemned an extreme anti-LGBT Oklahoma bill that attacks Oklahoma children and seeks to legitimize so-called “conversion therapy,” the dangerous and discredited practices linked to lifelong damage including depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. The…

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State Legislation & Policy

February 22, 2015

Leading Civil Rights Legal Organizations Denounce Anti-LGBT Arkansas Bill, Call on Governor to Veto

(Little Rock, AR, February 21, 2015)—In response to the passage of SB 202 by the Arkansas legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following statement: “Last Tuesday, after a series of lightning-fast votes during just two…

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Transgender Law

February 20, 2015

NCLR Welcomes HUD Policy for Transgender Residents in Federally Funded Shelters

(Washington, DC, February 20, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance clarifying that single-sex shelters receiving federal funds must respect the gender identity of all residents and provide access to sex-segregated shelters based on gender identity. HUD’s announcement clarifies the agency’s position on an issue that has been left unresolved…

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Marriage

February 12, 2015

Federal Judge Instructs Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Judge to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

(Mobile, AL, February 12, 2015)—Moments ago, United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade instructed Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Today’s order followed a hearing in which four same-sex couples, who were unable to obtain marriage licenses in Mobile on Monday when marriage equality went into…

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Marriage

February 12, 2015

Federal Court Hears Oral Argument in Alabama Marriage Equality

(Mobile, AL, February 12, 2015)—United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade heard oral argument today in an emergency motion filed by four same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses on Monday when marriage equality began in the state. Judge Granade said she will issue her decision as soon as possible. Late Monday, the four…

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Marriage

February 11, 2015

NCLR and ACLU of Alabama Applaud President Obama’s Support For Marriage Equality in Alabama

(Washington, DC., February 10, 2015)—Today, in an interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama stated that he would welcome a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry in every state, stating: “It’s time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have…

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Marriage

February 10, 2015

Federal Judge Schedules Thursday Hearing to Decide Whether to Order Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Judge to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

(Mobile, AL, February 10, 2015)—Moments ago, United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade granted the request of four Mobile County same-sex couples to add Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis as a defendant in a lawsuit in which Judge Granade previously struck down Alabama’s marriage equality ban as violating the federal Constitution.  Judge Granade…

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Marriage

February 10, 2015

Alabama Same-Sex Couples Ask Federal Court To Require Probate Judge To Issue Marriage Licenses

(Mobile, AL, February 9, 2015)—Today, four same-sex couples in Mobile, AL asked United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade to instruct Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to issue them marriage licenses after Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely today rather than issue licenses to same-sex couples as Judge Granade previously ordered. In their…

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Marriage

February 10, 2015

Same-Sex Couples Can Now Marry in Alabama

(Mobile, AL, February 9, 2015)—Today, Alabama becomes the nation’s 38th state to honor the freedom to marry after a federal district court struck down the state’s marriage equality ban and ordered marriage equality to begin this morning. Judge Granade of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Alabama issued orders on January 23…

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Marriage

February 5, 2015

Couples Ask U.S. Supreme Court Not to Delay Lower Court Ruling Requiring Marriage Equality in Alabama Beginning Feb. 9

(Washington, DC, February 4, 2015)—Today, the two couples who successfully challenged Alabama’s ban on marriage equality asked the United States Supreme Court to allow a federal district court’s decisions striking down the ban to go into effect as scheduled on February 9. On January 23 and 26, Judge Callie V. S. Granade of the U.S….

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Marriage

February 3, 2015

NCLR Applauds Denial of Alabama’s Request to Extend Stay of Freedom to Marry Ruling

Statement from NCLR Senior Staff Attorney, Christopher F. Stoll (Mobile, AL, February 3, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied the State of Alabama’s request to extend a stay of a federal court’s decision striking down the state’s ban on marriage equality. On Friday, January 30, NCLR asked the court to…

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Marriage

January 30, 2015

NCLR Takes on Representation of Alabama Couple in Freedom to Marry Case

Couple Asks Federal Appeals Court to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry Beginning February 9 (Mobile, AL—Jan. 30, 2015) Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) asked a federal appeals court to permit same-sex couples in Alabama to begin obtaining marriage licenses when an existing federal court stay expires on February 9. NCLR filed the…

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Employment

January 26, 2015

Victory! Saks Fifth Avenue Withdraws Assertion Claiming Transgender People Are Not Protected by Title VII

U.S. Department of Justice files historic statement in the case asserting that Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964…

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Youth

January 26, 2015

Eight Ways Oklahoma Lawmakers are Attacking LGBT People and Their Families

(Oklahoma City, OK, January 26, 2015)—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Freedom Oklahoma strongly condemned eight shocking anti-equality bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature. Submitted moments before the filing deadline, these appalling bills viciously target LGBT families and young people across the state. The harmful bills include:…

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Employment

January 21, 2015

NCLR and HRC to the Court: Discrimination against Transgender Employees Violates Federal Civil Rights Protections

HOUSTON, TX — Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas supporting former Saks Fifth Avenue employee Leyth Jamal, who has filed a case alleging that Saks discriminated against her for being…

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Marriage

January 20, 2015

NCLR’s Florida Marriage Plaintiffs to be Special Guests at State of the Union Address

(San Francisco, CA, January 20, 2015)—National Center for Lesbian Rights’ (NCLR) Florida marriage case plaintiffs Jeff and Todd Delmay will join Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at President Obama’s State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. tonight. NCLR represents Jeff and Todd, along with five other couples and Equality Florida Institute, in the historic challenge…

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Youth

January 20, 2015

NCLR Applauds Virginia Bill Protecting Children from Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, January 20, 2015)—Today, Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope and Senator Louise Lucas introduced a bill protecting children and their families from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, joining a growing number of states and jurisdictions to consider and pass legislation to put an end to the discredited practice. The bill reflects…

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Marriage

January 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Four Freedom to Marry Cases

(Washington, DC, January 16, 2015)—In a historic announcement, the United States Supreme Court today agreed to review a November 2014 federal appeals court decision that upheld marriage equality bans in Tennessee and three other states. By deciding to hear the Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio marriage equality cases, the Court has an opportunity to bring…

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Rural Communities

January 15, 2015

NCLR and USDA Host LGBT #RuralPride Summit in Baton Rouge, LA

(Baton Rouge, LA, January 15, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host the next #RuralPride summit in Baton Rouge, LA on Friday, January 23rd. The event, co-hosted by PFLAG and the True Colors Fund, focuses on addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living…

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Marriage

January 14, 2015

Widow Sues FedEx for Refusing to Provide Survivor Benefits Based on Her Same-Sex Spouse’s 26 years of Service to the Company

(San Francisco, January 14, 2015)—Today, 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. At the time of Taboada-Hall’s death from…

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Marriage

January 12, 2015

South Dakota Federal Court Rules in Favor of Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples

(Sioux Falls, SD, Jan. 12, 2015)—Today, a federal court ruled in favor of six same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in South Dakota. The court stayed its order pending appeal by South Dakota officials. In a 28-page decision, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled that “Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South…

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Marriage

January 10, 2015

NCLR Responds to Ninth Circuit Court Decision to Deny En Banc Review of Idaho’s Marriage Equality Ban

Statement by NCLR Legal Director Shannon P. Minter (Boise, ID, January 9, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Governor of Idaho’s request for en banc review of its October 7, 2014 decision striking down Idaho’s ban on marriage equality. The couples in the case—Latta v. Otter—are represented by the…

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Youth

January 6, 2015

NCLR’s #BornPerfect Campaign Hosts Twitter Town Hall on Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, January 6, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host a Twitter town hall on Thursday, January 8 at 6:30 PM ET to discuss the dangers of conversion therapy, the efforts to stop these practices once and for all, and what the community can do. The town hall is organized days…

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Marriage

January 5, 2015

Florida Court Orders Miami-Dade County to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples Beginning Today

(Miami, FL, January 5, 2015)—Today, a Florida state court ordered the Clerk of the Courts in Miami-Dade County to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. On July 25, 2014, Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit declared Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional. That decision had…

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Transgender Youth

January 2, 2015

NCLR Statement on the Loss of Leelah Alcorn

(San Francisco, CA, January 2, 2015)—Vigils will be held in Ohio tomorrow to remember 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn and to raise support and acceptance for transgender youth. Alcorn, from the Cincinnati suburb of Kings Mills, took her own life early Sunday morning after facing years of rejection and enduring the dangerous practice known as conversion therapy….

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Marriage

January 1, 2015

NCLR Applauds Today’s Ruling Confirming that Florida Clerks Must Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

(San Francisco, CA, January 1, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds today’s ruling by Federal District Court Judge Robert L. Hinkle confirming that, when the stay of his prior order invalidating Florida’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples expires on January 5, 2015, the federal Constitution requires that all Florida county clerks must…

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