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May 8, 2015 | Issues:

A Letter to Michael Johnson

(This letter was a collaboration between Mr. Hanley and the names listed below) Dear Michael, We, black men, write this letter to you out of love. We can only imagine the burdens you have had to carry personally: experiences of isolation, shame, rejection and moral judgment. But we want you to know that in our…

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April 29, 2015 | Issues:

NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell Responds to Supreme Court Marriage Case Hearing

  On April 28th, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in our Tennessee marriage equality case and cases from three other states. A decision is expected by the end of June. The following is the reaction from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, who had a seat at the historic hearing.

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April 9, 2015 | Issues:

The President Joins Our Fight

Nine months ago, NCLR launched our #BornPerfect campaign to end the use of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth in five years. At the time, we thought it was an ambitious goal. We could not have imagined then the speed with which this movement has already grown or the impact it has already made. Thanks to…

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April 8, 2015 | Issues:

Using Religion to Justify Discrimination is Blasphemy

I came out to my mother at 21, while she was driving us to see my grandparents in Oregon. I was prepared for the worst. Looking back, the idea that I would reveal this information in a fast moving vehicle now seems risky, but I needn’t have worried. Despite my mom’s devotion to her Mormon…

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April 6, 2015 | Issues:

When Marriage Is Not Enough: What same-sex couples need to know about protecting their families

Marriage equality across the nation has been moving at a breakneck speed and it shows no sign of stopping. Achieving this new legal benefit has been an incredible advancement for the rights and dignity of all LGBT people. But it’s also important to remember that even though marriage provides thousands of couples and their families…

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March 19, 2015 | Issues:

Department of Labor Revises Regulatory Definition of Spouse Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under this new rule, legally married same-sex couples will be recognized as spouses and eligible for FMLA benefits, regardless of the law in the state where they currently live. The rule,…

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February 14, 2015 |

Meet Our Supreme Court Plaintiffs and Send Them Your Support

The United States Supreme Court is hearing our historic Tennessee marriage equality case, and our three plaintiff couples are headed to the Supreme Court!  We are working as hard as we can to finally win the freedom to marry nationwide, and our Tennessee case will be a critical part of that historic victory. While we’re…

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February 12, 2015 | Issues:

Breaking: Hearing on Marriage Equality in Alabama Today

Today, NCLR is headed to a federal courtroom in Mobile, Alabama with our four plaintiff couples who are asking the court to let them marry right away. NCLR’s legal team has been working tirelessly in Alabama to make sure that same-sex couples can marry in every part of the state. Help us finish the job!…

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January 22, 2015 | Issues:

Ijpe DeKoe: Help Us Gain Same Protections Others Enjoy

By Ijpe DeKoe Tennessee Marriage Case Plaintiff Thom was my childhood sweetheart. We met in 1999 when we were in our late teens and working as camp counselors that summer. We knew there was something special in one another and maintained a close friendship for a decade before finally admitting that we were perfect together….

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January 15, 2015 | Issues:

The Cost of Awareness

The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms…

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