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LGBTQ Equal Rights Groups Urge Court to Reject Attack on Prop 8 Trial Judge

Groups call Prop 8 Supporters’ Assault on Impartiality of Gay and Lesbian Judges “Offensive” (San Francisco, CA, May 13, 2011)—A coalition of groups that advocate for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people today filed a brief urging the U.S. District Court not to vacate last year’s historic ruling invalidating Proposition 8. Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU of Northern California and Equality California filed the...

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EQCA, NCLR, and Lambda Legal File Amicus Brief in California Supreme Court in Proposition 8 Challenge

Groups Argue that Proposition 8 Sponsors Do Not Speak for the State (San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2011)—Yesterday, Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the court brief with the California Supreme Court arguing that the proponents of Proposition 8 have no power to override the decision of elected state officials about whether to appeal a federal court decision that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. The brief explains that initiative proponents...

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NCLR, Equality California, ACLU-NC, and Lambda Legal File Amicus Brief in Federal Challenge to Proposition 8 Asking Court to Lift Stay

(San Francisco, CA, March 1, 2011)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and Lambda Legal jointly filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to lift the temporary stay in the federal court challenge to Proposition 8. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional in August 2010. However, that same month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a...

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Innovative Spanish-Language Radio Soap Opera Developed to Reach Latino Households with Stories of LGBTQ Acceptance and Equality

Radio Soap Operas Will Air on Radio Bilingüe Stations Across California from February 11 through March 31 (Salinas, CA, February 3, 2011)—Proyecto Poderoso, the Family Acceptance Project, and Radio Bilingüe are proud to announce the on-air premiere of their radionovela series, a Spanish-language radio soap opera developed specifically to reach California’s Latino families with stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) acceptance and equality. The three-part...

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Community Premier Set for Innovative Radionovela Designed to Reach Latino Families with Stories of LGBTQ Acceptance and Equality

The Spanish-language Radio Soap Operas to Air Across California on Radio Bilingüe Stations (Salinas, CA, January 18, 2011)—Proyecto Poderoso, the Family Acceptance Project and Radio Bilingüe are proud to announce the January 19, 2011 community premier of their radionovela series, a Spanish-language radio soap opera similar to those popular during the Golden Age of Radio and developed specifically to reach California’s Latino families with stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and...

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NCLR Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Let Marriage Equality Stand in D.C.

  Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, January 18, 2011)—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the District of Columbia’s highest court that an initiative taking away the right to marry from same-sex couples cannot go on the ballot. Today’s ruling puts an end to the legal battle to secure marriage equality in our nation’s capital. In December 2009, the D.C. Council passed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of...

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NCLR Commends New Mexico Attorney General for Opinion on Marriage Recognition

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, January 05, 2011)—New Mexico Attorney Gary King released an opinion on January 4, 2011 concluding that marriages between same-sex couples validly entered in other states or countries would be honored in New Mexico. New Mexico law generally provides that the state will recognize valid out-of-state marriages, even if the marriage would not have been permitted under New Mexico’s own marriage laws. The Attorneys General of...

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Historic Day for Marriage Equality in Mexico City

A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, March 4, 2010) — Today Mexico City’s marriage equality bill takes effect, granting same-sex couples the rights, responsibilities and protections guaranteed by marriage, in addition to the right to adopt. The bill passed Mexico City’s legislature with a vote of 39-20 on December 21, 2009 and was upheld by Mexico’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. Mexico City is the second municipality after...

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