National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: December 2015

Our Voices blog

AB 960: Protecting Families Using Assisted Reproduction Equally

Beginning January 1, 2016, California law will fully protect families conceiving children through assisted reproduction, regardless of how they conceive. California law already recognized many families using assisted reproduction, but it only provided protections to certain families. Assembly Bill 960—signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown in late 2015—provides several important new protections to ensure that all families are treated equally by the law. First, California did not...


NCLR Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Landmark LGBTQ Policy Brief

(San Francisco, CA, December 17, 2015)—Today Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a landmark policy paper addressing issues that affect the LGBTQ community. Clinton’s policy proposal is the first and most specific issued by any presidential candidate currently in the 2016 race. Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell: “The policy positions announced today by Hillary Clinton sketch a bold vision for our community in this...


Trump and the Déjà Vu of Our Shameful History

When leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested that we respond to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., by barring Muslims from entering the U.S., most Americans, even many in the Republican Party, were rightly appalled if not completely surprised. Trump’s preposterous and shocking pronouncements are, at this point, predictable. But what is truly disturbing is his boisterous refusal to be accountable to facts and the significant percentage of Republican voters...


Adoption Advocates, Constitutional Law Scholars, Family Law Experts File Briefs with U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Lesbian Mother from Alabama

(Washington, D.C., December 17, 2015)—A broad range of leading adoption advocates and constitutional and family law scholars and experts filed friends of the court briefs today in support of a lesbian mother in Alabama who is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Alabama Supreme Court order refusing to recognize her adoption of her three children. Last month, V.L. asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize her as an adoptive parent to...


U.S. Supreme Court Grants Lesbian Mother’s Request for Emergency Stay of Alabama Supreme Court Order Denying Recognition of Adoption

(Washington, D.C., December 14, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an Alabama lesbian mother’s request for an emergency stay of an Alabama Supreme Court order refusing to recognize her adoption of her three children. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today suspends the Alabama Supreme Court decision so that she will be able to have visitation pending the Court’s consideration of her case. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas referred the application, which was joined by the...


Same-Sex Couples Ask Federal Court to Order Florida State Officials to Treat Them Equally and List Both Parents on their Children’s Birth Certificates

(Tallahassee, FL, December 9, 2015)—Today, the married same-sex couples suing the State of Florida asked a federal court to order state officials to list both parents on their children’s birth certificates as Florida already does for children born to married different-sex couples. On August 13, 2015, the couples, along with Equality Florida Institute, the largest organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Floridians, filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s unconstitutional...


NCLR Statement Supporting Planned Parenthood

(San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2015)–The U.S. Senate will vote today on a budget reconciliation bill that includes a measure to defund Planned Parenthood and prevent low-income patients—including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender—from getting basic preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers across the country. It would also repeal essential aspects of the Affordable Care Act. This is only the latest in a series of attacks on Planned Parenthood by radical...


NCLR Joins Coalition of Immigration, Civil Rights, Labor, and Social Service Groups Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Protect President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

Legal Brief Filed by 224 Groups Asks High Court to Hear Landmark Immigration Case   (San Francisco, CA, December 2, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has joined a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups in an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review Texas v. U.S., the case that has temporarily blocked some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The filing of the amicus brief comes less than a month after...


NCLR, HRC, and CHLP Launch Campaign to Raise Awareness of HIV Criminalization Laws

(Washington, DC, December 1, 2015)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) launched a new public education and outreach campaign to raise awareness of the harms associated with HIV criminalization and the disproportionate impact that these laws have on the LGBTQ community and, in particular, LGBTQ people of color. The social and digital media campaign, #EndBadHIVLaws, encourages people to get involved...


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