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June Medical Services v. Russo

On December 2, 2019, NCLR filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 24 national LGBTQ organizations in the case June Medical Services v. Russo. The case involves a challenge to a law in Louisiana that would force all but one abortion clinic in that state to close, a law that is virtually identical to one in Texas that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional just three years ago in the landmark case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The brief, filed by...


Vo v. Gee

On February 8, 2017, NCLR, GLAD, and Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief arguing that Louisiana’s law requiring any foreign-born person to present a certified birth certificate in order to marry was an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental right to marry, and requesting that the court grant a preliminary injunction against enforcement of that law. The plaintiff in the case was Viet Anh Vo, a U.S. citizen who was born in a refugee camp in Indonesia and thus did not have an...


Broussard v. Tower Loan

On April 13, 2015, NCLR, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Altshuler Berzon LLP, and Delaney, Robb & Ruvin filed a lawsuit against Tower Loan for firing an employee because he is transgender. Tristan Broussard was hired as a Manager Trainee in Tower Loan’s Lake Charles Branch. During his first week on the job, he was called into a back office and instructed by a Company Vice President to sign a document stating that his “preference to act and dress as male” was not...


Doe v. Jindal

NCLR and other groups filed a friend of the court brief in a groundbreaking case that finally put a stop to Louisiana’s longstanding practice of imposing harsh criminal penalties on people accused of soliciting certain types of sexual conduct with a person of the same sex. People charged under the state’s so-called “Crime Against Nature by Solicitation” (“CANS”) statute had to register as sex offenders, while people engaging in the very same behavior with a different-sex partner were charged...


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