National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: August 2010

Our Voices blog

Groundbreaking Film Exploring the First Generation of LGBTQ Parents Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Showing and Reception Set for September 14 (San Francisco, CA, August 23, 2010)—Twenty-five years after its premier, the groundbreaking documentary Choosing Children—the first film to explore and chronicle the journey taken by lesbians and gay men to become parents after they came out—will return to the silver screen at the Herbst Theater on Sept. 14 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The landmark film, produced by two Bay Area filmmakers, Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner,...


(UPDATED 8.17.10) What the Ninth Circuit’s Latest Ruling in the Prop 8 Case Means

On August 16, 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Proposition 8 proponents’ motion to stay U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision, which means that same-sex couples in California will not be able to marry while the case is on appeal. However, the Ninth Circuit put the appeal on a fast track and specifically directed the Prop 8 proponents to address “why the appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing” in their opening brief. That means that the...


Judge Walker Rules Marriages Can Begin Aug. 18 Unless Court of Appeals Intervenes

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, August 12, 2010)—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that there was no basis to stay his Aug. 4 ruling that Proposition 8 violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws. However, Walker also ordered that marriages cannot begin until Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. in order to give the United States Court of Appeals time to review his decision to deny the stay. A...


Federal Judge: Prop 8 Unconstitutional

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, August 6, 2010)—Today, both California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed separate motions opposing a stay of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to overturn Prop. 8. A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell: “We salute Attorney General Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger for their leadership in opposing any further delay in implementing Judge Walker’s...


NCLR Analysis: Perry v. Schwarzenegger Ruling

Today’s decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger is nothing short of a grand slam legal victory for LGBTQ people. In a comprehensive and crystal clear opinion, Judge Walker held that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Judge Walker reached this conclusion for two reasons: because Proposition 8 denies individuals the fundamental right to marry without a compelling reason to do so, violating the Due Process clause of the federal constitution, and because it violates the Equal Protection clause by...


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