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2015

Healthcare

July 23, 2015

NCLR Applauds Federal Appeals Court Decision Upholding Washington State Rules Requiring Pharmacies To Fill All Prescription Medications

(San Francisco, CA, July 23, 2015)—Today, in a unanimous decision, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld rules issued by the State of Washington requiring all state-licensed pharmacies to provide timely delivery of all prescription medications to patients. The court rejected claims that requiring pharmacies to sell certain prescription birth control…

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Asylum & Immigration

July 23, 2015

NCLR: Appalling H.R. 3009 Punishes Sanctuary Cities and Harms Immigrant Families

(Washington, DC, July 23, 2015)—Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, a bill that would withhold federal money from sanctuary cities that promote public safety by making it safe for undocumented persons to report crimes to local police without fear of being deported. Statement from National Center for…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

July 23, 2015

NCLR Welcomes Introduction of Comprehensive LGBT Civil Rights Bill

(Washington, DC, July 23, 2015)— Today Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wi.), Corey Booker (D-N.J.), and Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced in Congress the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal civil rights bill that would protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in seven critical sectors: credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations….

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Rural Communities

July 23, 2015

Lexington Hosts Kentucky #RuralPride Summit August 12

(Lexington, KY, July 23, 2015)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the next #RuralPride summit in Lexington, Kentucky on August 12. The day-long event, co-hosted by the True Colors Fund and the Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) will be held at PCSO’s office, 389 Waller Avenue,…

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General

July 20, 2015

NCLR Promotes Cathy Sakimura to Deputy Director

(San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2015)—Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), announced that Family Law Director Cathy Sakimura will become Deputy Director. In her new role Sakimura will manage the day-to-day operations of the organization and all of its departments, and provide strategic support to all staff in achieving NCLR’s mission and goals….

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Employment

July 17, 2015

NCLR Applauds EEOC Ruling That Federal Sex Discrimination Laws Protect Workers Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

(Washington, DC, July 17, 2015)—On July 15, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the agency charged with enforcement of federal employment nondiscrimination laws—ruled that existing federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sex also protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers against employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation.  The Commission ruled that “allegations of…

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Transgender Youth

July 13, 2015

Federal Government Approves School Policy that Affirms and Respects Transgender Students

(San Francisco, CA, July 13, 2015)–On Friday, July 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice approved the Arcadia Unified School District’s long-awaited policy on transgender students. The policy—going into effect immediately—provides strong guidance to school administrators and educators, which will help ensure that all students,…

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General

July 9, 2015

NCLR Names Julie Gonen as Policy Director

(Washington, D.C., July 9, 2015)—Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced that Julie Gonen has joined its staff as its new Policy Director, responsible for overseeing and advancing NCLR’s federal policy initiatives and managing the day-to-day operations of the Washington, D.C. office. Gonen has extensive federal policy experience, most recently as director of…

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Parenting

July 8, 2015

Equal Protection for All Families Act Passes California Senate Judiciary Committee

Assemblymember Chiu’s AB 960 Protects All Families Using Assisted Reproduction (Sacramento, CA, July 8, 2015) – The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday voted to pass legislation that updates California’s assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are equally protected by law. Assembly Bill 960, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) and…

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General

July 8, 2015

Pride Law Fund Honors NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter with “Trailblazer Award”

(San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2015)–On July 12, 2015, the Pride Law Fund (PLF) will honor Shannon Minter, Legal Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, with its Trailblazer Award at its annual boat cruise.   For over thirty-five years, PLF has awarded grants to new lawyers and law students pursuing LGBTQ advocacy projects. The…

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Marriage

July 1, 2015

Federal Court Confirms That All Alabama Counties Must Stop Enforcing Unconstitutional Marriage Ban

(MOBILE, Ala., July 1, 2015)–U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade today issued an order confirming that her injunction directing all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is now in effect and requires immediate compliance. A violation of Judge Granade’s order could result in a county probate judge being held liable for…

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Marriage

July 1, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Ask Federal Court To Clarify That All Alabama Counties Must Stop Enforcing Unconstitutional Marriage Ban

(MOBILE, Ala., July 1, 2015)–Four civil rights groups representing Alabama same-sex couples in a federal class-action lawsuit asked U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade to confirm that her injunction directing all state probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is in effect and requires immediate compliance. Although most of Alabama’s county probate judges…

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Transgender Youth

June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Justice Affirms Title IX Protection for Transgender Students

(Washington, DC, June 30, 2015)—Today, the Department of Justice affirmed that Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. Earlier this month, G.G., a transgender boy in Virginia sued his school district for denying him access to the boys’ restroom and is seeking a court order…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 30, 2015

PG&E Contributes $250K to NCLR’s Groundbreaking Work

(San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2015)—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has awarded the National Center for Lesbian Rights a $250,000 contribution as part of the utility company’s long-standing commitment to LGBT workplace equality. The contribution comes on the heels of the NCLR’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage victory and will provide thousands of LGBT…

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Marriage

June 30, 2015

Alabama Probate Judges Must Immediately Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

(San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2015)—Alabama’s probate judges are under an immediate obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples, say the four civil-rights organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state. Pursuant to a May 21 order by Judge Callie V.S Granade in Strawser v. Strange, probate judges became obligated to obey…

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Marriage

June 26, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Demand All Alabama Counties Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

(MOBILE, Ala., June 26, 2015)– Four civil rights groups representing Alabama same-sex couples in a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry demanded today that probate judges immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as required by an order issued by a federal judge in Mobile earlier this year. A letter to attorneys representing…

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Marriage

June 26, 2015

In Historic Ruling, U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Marriage Equality Across the United States

(Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015)—In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states laws that ban marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision overturns a November 2014 Sixth Circuit Court ruling that upheld marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The 5-4 ruling strikes down laws in 13 states and Puerto…

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Youth

June 25, 2015

A Day After President’s Condemnation Of Conversion Therapy, New Jersey Jury Finds JONAH Guilty of Consumer Fraud

(San Francisco, CA, June 25, 2015)—After hours of deliberations, a New Jersey jury found Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) liable for consumer fraud. JONAH, a group that promised gay men that it would turn them into heterosexuals, was sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2012 under New Jersey’s consumer fraud law….

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Additional Civil Rights

June 25, 2015

NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Rulings on Obamacare and Fair Housing Act

(Washington, DC, June 25, 2015)—This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Affordable Care Act permits subsidies to be provided to persons in the 34 states that refused to set up their own exchanges. In a separate decision, the Court also ruled that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act.  Statement form…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 18, 2015

NCLR Statement on Hate Murders at Historic A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC

(San Francisco, CA, June 18, 2015)—Last night in Charleston, South Carolina, a white gunman opened fire on a prayer group at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Church during Bible study. Nine people were murdered, including state senator and pastor of the church Rev. Clementa Pinckney and his sister. The alleged gunman, Dylann Storm Roof, 21,…

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Parenting

June 11, 2015

NCLR Deplores Michigan Governor Synder for Allowing Agencies to Discriminate Against LGBT Parents

(San Francisco, CA, June 10, 2015)—Today Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three bills that will allow agencies that place children for adoption and foster care to ignore the best interests of children and instead use their own “religious or moral convictions or policies” as a basis for denying a child placement with a loving family….

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Additional Civil Rights

June 9, 2015

NCLR Responds to McKinney, Texas Police Incident

The following is NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell’s statement about the June 5, 2015 McKinney, Texas pool party that ended with a white police officer pulling his gun on teenagers at the party and throwing a bikini-clad 14-year-old girl to the ground.   “The unprovoked assault of a female black 14-year-old by white Texas police…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

June 9, 2015

President Obama Appoints NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter to Commission on White House Fellowships

(Washington, DC, June 8, 2015)—This afternoon President Barack Obama announced his appointment of National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Minter to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. “I am deeply honored to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which provide a unique opportunity for new leaders to gain a…

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Youth

May 29, 2015

Illinois Bill Protecting LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy Moves to Governor

(Springfield, IL, May, 29, 2015)—Today, the Illinois State Senate voted 34-19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth from the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. The bill was overwhelmingly approved 68-43 by the State House earlier this month…

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Youth

May 22, 2015

NCLR Applauds Senator Booker’s Resolution Calling on States to Protect LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, May 21, 2015)—Today, U.S. Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) introduced the “Stop Harming Our Kids” (SHOK) Resolution of 2015, calling on states to pass laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution…

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Marriage

May 21, 2015

Federal Court Orders Alabama Probate Judges to Allow Marriage Equality Statewide

(Mobile, Alabama, May 21, 2015)–A federal district court today ordered that all Alabama probate judges must comply with the U.S. Constitution and may not refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples after four leading civil rights organizations requested the court expand a lawsuit to cover all same-sex couples and probate judges statewide. The district court’s order…

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State Legislation & Policy

May 21, 2015

Oregon Becomes Fourth Jurisdiction to Protect LGBT Kids from Conversion Therapy

(Salem, OR, May 21, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Human Rights Campaign applaud Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for signing House Bill 2307 into law, making Oregon the fourth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia—to protect LGBT youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. Today, Brown held a bill-signing ceremony…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 19, 2015

NCLR Applauds Introduction of Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act by Congressman Lieu

(Washington, DC, May 19, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds U.S. Congressman Ted W. Lieu’s introduction of the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first nationwide bill that would protect LGBT people from the dangers of conversion therapy. Lieu announced the bill this morning at a press conference attended by survivors of conversion therapy,…

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Youth

May 7, 2015

Oregon to Join California, New Jersey, & DC in Protecting LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy

(Salem, Oregon, May 7, 2015)—Today, the Oregon State Senate passed HB 2307, a bill that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the State House on March 17 and is now heading to the desk of Governor Kate…

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General

May 3, 2015

NCLR Honors Idaho Navy Veteran and Tennessee Couples/Legal Team in Historic Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case

(San Francisco, CA, May 2, 2015)—Tonight, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) honored a retired Navy veteran and NCLR client who is fighting to bring LGBT equality to Idaho and the plaintiff couples and legal team in NCLR’s historic Tennessee marriage equality case. Idaho Navy veteran Madelynn “Lee” Taylor, 75, was honored with the…

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Additional Civil Rights

April 29, 2015

NCLR Statement on Baltimore and Freddie Gray

(Washington, D.C., April 29, 2015)—The following can be attributed to National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. “I was in Washington D.C. this week attending oral argument in the marriage equality cases, but my heart was in Baltimore. The struggle for the right to marry has always been centered on seeking greater…

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Marriage

April 28, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Landmark Marriage Equality Cases

(Washington, D.C., April 28, 2015)—The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument today in the landmark Tennessee marriage equality cases and cases from three other states that could bring the freedom to marry to every state across the country when the Court rules by the end of June. The Tennessee plaintiffs are Dr. Valeria Tanco…

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Transgender Law

April 25, 2015

NCLR Applauds Jenner’s Courage In Sharing Transgender Identity With the Public

San Francisco, CA, April 24, 2015)—Tonight, in a groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner publicly talked about being a transgender woman. “There is nothing more important to human dignity than being able to live an authentic life. This is a central aspiration of the struggle for LGBT liberation,”…

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Youth

April 14, 2015

NCLR Welcomes Congresswoman Speier’s Resolution Calling on States to Protect LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2015)—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14th) introduced the “Stop Harming Our Kids” (SHOK) Resolution of 2015, calling on states to pass laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity. Congresswoman Speier…

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Employment

April 13, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Sue National Finance Company for Illegally Firing Transgender Employee

(New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2015)—A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates. Tristan Broussard, 21, was hired by Tower Loan as a manager trainee in the company’s Lake…

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Youth

April 10, 2015

U.S. Surgeon General Supports Efforts to Protect LGBT Youth From Conversion Therapy

(Washington, DC, April 10, 2015)—Today, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., the United States Surgeon General, joined a growing chorus of high-profile advocates looking to support LGBT youth and put an end to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. His statement comes two days after the White House released a statement in response…

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Parenting

April 9, 2015

NCLR Praises Florida Senate for Blocking Discriminatory Adoption Bill; Alabama and Michigan Bills Still a Threat

(San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2015)—Yesterday, the Florida Senate voted down a bill (HB 7111) that would have given adoption agencies in the state a license to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents. Nevertheless, similar bills are still pending in Michigan and Alabama. These laws would even prevent an aunt from adopting her…

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Youth

April 9, 2015

White House Calls on States to Protect LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy

(Washington, DC, April 8, 2015)—Today, the White House released its statement in response to a petition calling for federal action to end conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that purport to be able to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The petition was prompted by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender…

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Transgender Law

April 8, 2015

NCLR Applauds the EEOC’s Decision Ensuring Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

(San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, ruled that an employer’s refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII. The decision addressed a charge…

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Youth

April 7, 2015

Louisiana High School to Allow Lesbian Student to Wear a Tux to Prom

(Monroe, Louisiana, April 7, 2015)—Today, Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City School Board President Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted Claudetteia Love, who is being represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24….

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General

April 6, 2015

NCLR to Honor Idaho Navy Veteran and Couples/Legal Team in Historic Supreme Court Marriage Case

(San Francisco, CA, April 6, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is proud to announce that it will honor a retired Navy veteran and NCLR client who is fighting to bring LGBT equality to Idaho and the plaintiff couples and legal team in NCLR’s historic Tennessee marriage equality case at its 2015 Anniversary Celebration…

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Additional Civil Rights

April 3, 2015

NCLR Responds to Indiana Gov. Pence “fix” On Discriminatory Bill

(San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2015)—This afternoon, and minutes after clearing the Indiana State House, Governor Mike Pence signed a bill “fixing” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. However, despite claims that the fix will prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, LGBT individuals still lack full protection in the state. Statement from NCLR…

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Marriage

March 31, 2015

Legal Teams Announce Advocates Who Will Argue in Supreme Court Marriage Equality Cases

(Washington, DC, March 31, 2015)—Counsel for plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits today announced that Mary L. Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier will represent the plaintiffs at the cases’ scheduled April 28 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bonauto will present arguments for question 1: “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a State…

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Marriage

March 17, 2015

Legal Teams Submit Proposal to U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Oral Argument in Marriage Cases

(Washington D.C. March 17, 2015) — Today counsel representing all plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits submitted a proposal to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that argument time be divided equally among the cases from the four states. The Court previously allocated 45 minutes each to petitioners and respondents to Question…

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Youth

March 13, 2015

Equality Texas, HRC, and NCLR Applaud Introduction of Bill to Protect Kids from Conversion Therapy in Texas

(Austin, March 13, 2015)—Today, Texas State Representative Celia Israel introduced a bill that would protect youth and their families from the discredited practice of conversion therapy. The bill—3495—reflects the unanimous view of medical, mental health, and child welfare experts that attempts by therapists to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity are ineffective…

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Youth

March 12, 2015

Oklahoma Pro-Conversion “Therapy” Bill Dies on State House Floor

(Oklahoma City, OK, May 12, 2015)—This afternoon, a bill introduced to the Oklahoma State House by Representative Sally Kern that would legalize anti-LGBT therapy died without coming to a vote. The defeat follows months of extensive grassroots organizing by national and state organizations working in coalition to educate parents and families about the ineffective and…

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Rural Communities

March 11, 2015

NCLR and USDA Host LGBT #RuralPride Summit in Nashville, TN

(Nashville, TN, March 11, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host the next #RuralPride summit in Nashville, Tennessee on March 19. The event, co-hosted by True Colors Fund and the Oasis Center focuses on addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in…

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General

March 11, 2015

NCLR Dinah Garden Party in Palm Springs Celebrates Progress as Marriage Case Moves to Supreme Court

(Palm Springs, CA, March 11, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights will be celebrating the progress made in the movement for LGBT equality—from protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy to fighting for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court—at its annual Dinah Garden Party on April 4 in Palm Springs. NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell…

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Marriage

March 6, 2015

Civil Rights Organizations Ask Federal Court In Alabama To Order Freedom To Marry Statewide

(Mobile, AL, March 6, 2015)—A group of leading national civil rights organizations today filed a motion requesting a federal district court to expand a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage and to order all county probate judges in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The joint motion was filed by the…

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Marriage

March 6, 2015

Broad Array of Business, Religious, Civil Rights, and Government Leaders Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Affirm the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples

(Washington, D.C., March 6, 2015)—Dozens of friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed with the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to strike down marriage equality bans in Tennessee and three other states. The briefs were filed over the last several days by leading businesses and corporations, family law and constitutional scholars, child welfare organizations, children’s…

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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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