National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: July 2011

Our Voices blog

I Do Love New York!

History will be made in the State of New York tomorrow, Sunday, July 24, 2011, when it becomes the seventh and largest jurisdiction in the country in which same-sex couples can legally marry. A huge, heartfelt thank you and congratulations to all of our New York colleagues, who worked so hard to win marriage equality. I am definitely in a New York state of mind, as you can see in my video below In solidarity,


NCLR Applauds President’s Certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, July 22, 2011)—Today, President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen notified Congress that the military is ready to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the discriminatory two-decade old policy that bars lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from serving openly in the military. Under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act passed by...


NCLR and SPLC File Lawsuit Challenging Hostile Anti-LGBTQ Environment for Students in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District

(Minneapolis, MN, July 21, 2011)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and Faegre & Benson, LLP, filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the pervasive anti-gay harassment in schools within the Anoka-Hennepin School District as well as the district’s “gag policy” that prevents teachers from discussing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. NCLR, SPLC, and Faegre & Benson filed the suit on...


NCLR Responds to First-Ever Senate Hearing on Bill that Would Repeal DOMA

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director, Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington, D.C., July 20, 2011)—Today, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held the first-ever hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Committee members heard from several supporters of the repeal measure, including people who have been harmed because of the discriminatory law. The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced on March 16, 2011 by Sen. Dianne...


NCLR Applauds Governor Brown for Signing the Historic FAIR Education Act

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2011)—Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 48, known as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act. The FAIR Education Act amends the California Education Code to include instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The new law also prohibits discriminatory instruction and discriminatory materials from being adopted by...


Proposed Rule Would Protect LGBTQ People Seeking Affordable, Private Healthcare Policies

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington, D.C., July 13, 2011)—On July 11, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) included protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in its road map to help states establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges. These Exchanges, which are part of the Affordable Care Act, are state-based, one-stop marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can research affordable...


NCLR Applauds Order Halting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Enforcement

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, July 6, 2011)—Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that halts enforcement of the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. The ruling lifts a stay that had previously been put in place, allowing U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s October 2010 ruling prohibiting enforcement of DADT to take effect immediately. The Ninth Circuit found that “the circumstances and balance of...


NCLR Applauds Department of Justice Brief Arguing DOMA is Unconstitutional

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, July 3, 2011)—On July 1, 2011, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief supporting federal court employee Karen Golinski’s lawsuit in which she seeks access to equal health benefits for her wife. In the brief on behalf of the Office of Personnel Management and other government defendants, the DOJ unequivocally argues in Golinski’s favor that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional....


Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!