National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: February 2014

Our Voices blog

Utah Same-Sex Couples Urge Federal Appeals Court to Uphold Decision Striking Down State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Salt Lake City, UT, February 26, 2014)—Late Tuesday, attorneys for three couples challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, urging the court to uphold a lower court’s December 2013 decision finding the ban unconstitutional. On December 20, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah’s laws denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal...


Attempt to Repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act Fails

(San Francisco, CA, February 24, 2014)—Today, the effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act—California’s new law ensuring that all children have opportunities to do well in school—failed to qualify for the ballot. The law—also known as Assembly Bill 1266—went into effect on January 1st, ensuring that schools have the guidance they need to make sure all students, including those who are transgender, have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate. The law is modeled after...


Take a Stand Against Hate in Arizona

Even as we celebrate a new breakthrough every week, we must be vigilant for threats to our community. Case in point—Arizona. This week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill which would allow businesses to refuse service, based on their religious beliefs, to LGBTQ people or anyone else. The bill is patently unconstitutional, but we cannot just sit back without taking action. This bill is one of the most brazen attacks our community has ever faced—and it jeopardizes basic anti-discrimination...


Idaho Couples Ask Federal Court to Declare State’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

(Boise, ID, February 19, 2014)—Late Tuesday, four couples suing the State of Idaho asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional Idaho’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry or to recognize their existing marriages. In their request, the couples argue that Idaho’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution. The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief United States Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on May...


New Model Policy For the School Success and Opportunity Act Helps Schools Support All Students

(San Francisco, CA., February 13, 2014)—Today, the Support All Students campaign—including a broad coalition of nearly 100 state and national organizations backing California’s law that ensures all schoolchildren have a fair chance to do well—applauds the California School Boards Association’s  (CSBA) new model policy to help districts comply with the law. The model policy released today lays the foundation for California’s 1,043 school districts to ensure that all children—including those who...


Equality and Inclusion in Sports Takes Major Leap Forward

The announcement by University of Missouri football player Michael Sam that he is gay marks a new milestone in sports history. This has been a long time coming, but we are ready. The uncommon courage demonstrated by Sam makes clear he is a force to be reckoned with. The NFL team that has the wisdom and leadership to draft Sam will have a champion in the making. Sam will have the support of countless NFL fans and non-fans alike. For far too long LGBTQ athletes have languished in the shadows,...


Marriage Equality Advocates Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the “Winter of Love”

(San Francisco, CA, February 10, 2014)—Ten years ago, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made history when he ordered the City and County of San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. NCLR was there from the beginning of what became the “Winter of Love,” which began on February 12, 2004. We worked with the Mayor’s office to help plan the first wedding of LGBTQ icons and pioneers Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Their wedding—and the thousands that followed—gave voice to the...


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