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2014

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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