National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: June 2015

Our Voices blog

U.S. Department of Justice Affirms Title IX Protection for Transgender Students

(Washington, DC, June 30, 2015)—Today, the Department of Justice affirmed that Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. Earlier this month, G.G., a transgender boy in Virginia sued his school district for denying him access to the boys’ restroom and is seeking a court order requiring the school to allow him to use the boys’ restroom before the new school year begins. The U. S. Department of Justice filed a brief urging the...


PG&E Contributes $250K to NCLR’s Groundbreaking Work

(San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2015)—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has awarded the National Center for Lesbian Rights a $250,000 contribution as part of the utility company’s long-standing commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality. The contribution comes on the heels of the NCLR’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage victory and will provide thousands of LGBTQ individuals with continued resources. “PG&E has been our powerful and long-term partner in the fight for equality....


Alabama Probate Judges Must Immediately Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

(San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2015)—Alabama’s probate judges are under an immediate obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples, say the four civil-rights organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state. Pursuant to a May 21 order by Judge Callie V.S Granade in Strawser v. Strange, probate judges became obligated to obey the U.S. Constitution and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the date that “the Supreme Court issues its ruling”  in...


Civil Rights Groups Demand All Alabama Counties Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

(MOBILE, Ala., June 26, 2015)– Four civil rights groups representing Alabama same-sex couples in a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry demanded today that probate judges immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as required by an order issued by a federal judge in Mobile earlier this year. A letter to attorneys representing all of the state’s probate judges demanded that they “confirm no later than 1 p.m. Monday, June 29, that all probate judges have been...


In Historic Ruling, U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Marriage Equality Across the United States

(Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015)—In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states laws that ban marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision overturns a November 2014 Sixth Circuit Court ruling that upheld marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The 5-4 ruling strikes down laws in 13 states and Puerto Rico and requires all 50 states to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Tennessee plaintiffs are Dr. Valeria Tanco and Dr. Sophy Jesty; Army...


A Day After President’s Condemnation Of Conversion Therapy, New Jersey Jury Finds JONAH Guilty of Consumer Fraud

(San Francisco, CA, June 25, 2015)—After hours of deliberations, a New Jersey jury found Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) liable for consumer fraud. JONAH, a group that promised gay men that it would turn them into heterosexuals, was sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2012 under New Jersey’s consumer fraud law. The closely-watched trial unveiled the deplorable and inhumane techniques JONAH used to “convert” the men. The verdict comes on the heels of President Obama’s...


NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Rulings on Obamacare and Fair Housing Act

(Washington, DC, June 25, 2015)—This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Affordable Care Act permits subsidies to be provided to persons in the 34 states that refused to set up their own exchanges. In a separate decision, the Court also ruled that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act.  Statement form National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell: “We are elated that the U.S. Supreme court protected health insurance for millions and...


Taylor v. Brasuell

On July 7, 2014, NCLR and Boise attorneys Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham filed a lawsuit on behalf of Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old military veteran who challenged Idaho state laws prohibiting her from being buried in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with her late wife, Jean Mixner. Taylor served in the Navy from 1958 to 1964. In 2013, she tried to make advance arrangements to have her ashes interred along with those of her wife in a granite columbarium at the Idaho State Veterans...


Courage v. Wyoming

On March 5, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming’s laws that prohibited same-sex couples from marrying and refused to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The couples included a university professor, a Major in the Army Reserve, a sheepherder, and an attorney. Many of the Plaintiffs were born and raised in Wyoming. The lawsuit challenged Wyoming’s statute barring...


Pareto v. Ruvin

On January 21, 2014, six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argued that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides. The couples were from Miami and the surrounding area. Four of the couples were raising children, and another couple had an...


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