National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: December 2013

Our Voices blog

NCLR Condemns Passage of Uganda Anti-Gay Law and Urges President Museveni Not to Sign

(San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2013)—Today, Uganda’s parliament passed a law that enacts severe penalties for being gay, making it a crime punishable—in some cases—with life in prison. The bill imposes a 14-year jail term for the first conviction and a life sentence for a conviction of “aggravated homosexuality.” The legislation—officially titled the Anti-Homosexuality Bill—specifically prohibits “any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex.” It further criminalizes “the...


NCLR Applauds Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Utah’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2013)—NCLR responds to the federal court ruling striking down Utah’s ban on marriage for Same-Sex Couples. Statement by NCLR Legal Director, Shannon Minter, Esq.: “Today’s ruling by a federal district court in Utah, striking down Utah’s marriage ban, is a huge win, not only for same-sex couples in Utah, but for our entire country. This is the first decision since the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act to overturn a state...


A Healthy 2014 For Millions–For the First Time

In August 2012, I had (another) bike crash. It was my own idiocy that caused the crash. I was riding down a hill in San Francisco, just blocks from home, when, in trying to beat the light, I swerved around a MUNI train.  My bike tire got wedged in the MUNI track and I was thrown to the ground. I landed on my head (thank the goddess I always wear a helmet). A very sweet guy stopped to help me. He called 911, I called Sandy, an ambulance came, and I was taken to the emergency room. Everything I...


New Mexico Supreme Court Issues Landmark Marriage Equality Ruling for Same-Sex Couples

(Santa Fe, NM, December 19, 2013)—Today, in a unanimous decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the New Mexico Constitution requires the state to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court ruled that county clerks must issue marriage licenses to otherwise qualified same-sex couples and that the State of New Mexico must respect the marriages of all same-sex couples, including those who married before today’s decision. The plaintiff couples were represented by the American Civil...


Indian Supreme Court Recriminalizes 17.4% of Planet’s LGBTQ People

Wednesday’s Indian Supreme Court decision reversing a lower court and recriminalizing same-sex sexual intimacy marks a dreadful new judicial low for international LGBTQ human rights Even as we in the U.S. enjoy ever increasing visibility and protections for our community, life for many of our brothers and sisters in other countries is going from bad to intolerable. It is repellent that extremist religious opposition worldwide is such a corrosive impediment to basic human rights. The...


Hungry For Immigration Reform

And Sam Ames, Esq. NCLR Staff Attorney For the past 5 days, we have eaten nothing. We continue to work, drinking only water. We continue to prepare food for our families, and we watch our colleagues eat at lunch. Sometimes it’s hard, but we are committed to fasting because we are committed to Fast for Families. We are committed to raising awareness about the need for commonsense immigration reform. We are fasting to show Speaker John Boehner and other House leadership the urgency of voting on...


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