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Month: February 2012

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NCLR State Policy Director Liz Seaton to Leave, Replaced by Policy Strategist Connie Utada

(San Francisco, CA, February 29, 2012)—National Center for Lesbian Rights State Policy Director Liz Seaton is leaving the organization next month to join Justice at Stake, an organization that works for fair and impartial courts, as its new Deputy Director for Policy and Advocacy. She will be replaced at NCLR by Connie Utada, who has spent the last two years at Immigration Equality, developing strategies to help pass lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigration reform through Congress....

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Bill Clarifies a Judge’s Ability to Protect Best Interests of a Child Who Has Relationships With More Than Two Parents

(Sacramento, CA, February 24, 2012)—Senator Mark Leno today introduced legislation that reaffirms a family court judge’s ability to recognize parent-child relationships based on the evidence and what is in the best interests of the child. SB 1476 modernizes state law by giving courts the flexibility to protect children who have parent-child relationships with more than two people. A California judge recently ruled that it was in the best interests of a child to recognize that she had a...

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NCLR Applauds Maryland Marriage Equality Vote

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (Annapolis, MD, February 23, 2012)—Today, the Maryland Senate voted 25 to 22 to recognize full marriage rights for same-sex couples. The Maryland House of Delegates approved the measure last Friday by a vote of 72 to 67. Gov. Martin O’Malley, the bill’s sponsor, has already committed to signing the bill into law. Maryland will become the 11th jurisdiction in the country in which same-sex couples can marry when the law goes into effect on...

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A Key Step Forward in Maryland

By Liz Seaton NCLR State Policy Director Words cannot describe how I felt, sitting in the gallery at the Maryland State House as we won Governor Martin O’Malley’s Civil Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 72-67 on Friday.  Several of the lawyers were cloistered for a couple of days in preparation for what we thought would be dozens of hostile amendments, but in the end there were only about a half-dozen, and all were defeated, leading to the vote for final passage. We watched from the State...

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Update on Marriage Equality Fight in Maryland

By Liz Seaton NCLR State Policy Director Today I am back in Annapolis for the House of Delegates floor debate over the marriage equality bill in Maryland. A joint committee passed it two days ago, and now it’s on the floor. I’m there to help our champion legislators evaluate and deal with proposed amendments to the bill.  The Senate passed a marriage equality bill last year, so the House is where we expect the biggest challenge.  The papers here have been reporting that the vote is close,...

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NCLR Responds to Washington Gov. Signing Marriage Rights Law

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, February 13, 2012)—Today, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that makes the state the tenth jurisdiction in the country in which same-sex couples can marry. Washington joins six other states, Washington D.C., and two tribal nations that no longer discriminate against same-sex couples in marriage. The law goes into effect June 7, 2012. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.: “We are a...

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NCLR Responds to New Jersey Marriage Equality Vote

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, February 16, 2012)—Today, the New Jersey State Assembly passed a bill establishing full marriage rights for same-sex couples. The New Jersey State Senate passed a companion bill on February 13, 2012. If Gov. Chris Christie signs the bill into law, New Jersey will become the 11th jurisdiction in the country in which same-sex couples can marry. If the bill is signed, New Jersey will join seven other states, Washington...

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NCLR Analysis: Ninth Circuit Decision Keeps the Focus on California

In a long-awaited decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that stripped the right to marry from same-sex couples in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt authored the majority decision, which was joined by Judge Michael Daly Hawkins. The third judge, N. Randy Smith, dissented. The majority affirmed the August 2010 ruling by retired United States District Judge Vaughn R. Walker—but on a...

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NCLR Applauds Appeals Court Decision in Federal Challenge to Proposition 8

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, February 7, 2012)—Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the August 2010 decision of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco striking down Proposition 8, the 2008 measure that stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry in California. The Court affirmed the ruling of former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker that Prop 8 discriminates against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection...

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NCLR Hires Leading Civil Rights Advocate

(San Francisco, CA, February 6, 2012)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is pleased to announce that Arcelia Hurtado, one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys, will be joining its staff as the new deputy director, responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, and helping lead future planning, strategy and development initiatives. For the last two years, Hurtado has served as the executive director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a San...

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