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(Junk) Science and SCOTUS: The High Court’s Integrity is on the Line in June Medical Services v. Russo

I recently experienced acute déjà vu when writing our amicus brief in the Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Russo, which deals with a challenge to a 2014 Louisiana restriction on abortion. That’s probably because the Supreme Court heard a case about an identical state abortion restriction just four years ago. In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Court found that a Texas law requiring that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges did virtually nothing to protect...

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NCLR Files Amicus Brief in Support of Gavin Grimm

On November 25, 2019, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student who was mistreated in school because he is transgender. Representing a coalition of organizations that work with families raising transgender youth, the brief tells the stories of families raising transgender children in states within the Fourth Circuit (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South...

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National Center for Lesbian Rights Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Major Abortion Rights Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2019 Contact: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director cvasquez@nclrights.org / (415) 365-1337 National Center for Lesbian Rights Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Major Abortion Rights Case NCLR leads coalition of 24 LGBTQ organizations urging Supreme Court to strike down unconstitutional abortion law in Louisiana WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the National Center for Lesbian...

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NCLR Statement on President Trump’s Dismissal of Sexual Assault Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 NCLR Statement on President Trump’s Dismissal of Sexual Assault Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh  WASHINGTON, DC—President Trump held an open press conference today during which he addressed new sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh from a third accuser, Julie Swetnick. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter issued the following...

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NCLR Calls on Kavanaugh to Withdraw as Pattern of Sexual Assaults Emerges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 As Pattern of Alleged Sexual Assaults Emerges, NCLR Calls on Brett Kavanaugh to Withdraw NCLR says, “The gravity of this pattern of alleged sexual assaults casts a troubling cloud …Kavanaugh’s nomination must be withdrawn” WASHINGTON, DC—Today Montgomery County investigators confirmed they are aware of another sexual...

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NCLR on Kavanaugh’s Refusal to Say Marriage Equality was Correctly Decided

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 NCLR Statement on Kavanaugh’s Refusal to Confirm that Obergefell, the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Decision, was Correctly Decided Legal Director Shannon Minter, who was on the team of attorneys to win Obergefell, calls this refusal “chilling” and disqualifying WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, President Trump’s...

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NCLR Statement: Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099   NCLR Responds to Trump’s Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy NCLR’s Shannon Minter says this “is a wake-up call to LGBTQ people and others about the critical importance of elections and the need to vote this November”   WASHINGTON, D.C.—National Center for Lesbian...

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Justice Kennedy’s Retirement: NCLR Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 NCLR Statement on Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Announcement WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he will be retiring as of July 31. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter issued the following statement...

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NCLR responds to confirmation of controversial Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

(April 7, 2017 San Francisco)—The U.S. Senate today confirmed Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. This vote came on the heels of a rule change by Senate Republicans yesterday after they failed to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward with Gorsuch’s confirmation. Gorsuch, a controversial selection rated as more conservative than the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will now replace Scalia on the bench. At 49 years old, now-Justice Gorsuch has the potential to influence our nation’s...

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NCLR statement in response to Senate Republicans’ rule change in attempt to ram through Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

NCLR says Senate Republicans changed rules “to let themselves win and the American people lose” (April 6, 2017 San Francisco)— Today, Senate Republicans upended years of tradition for the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process. After Trump nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch failed to garner the sixty votes needed, Senate Republicans took a radical step. Rather than requiring President Trump to select a nominee who could meet the 60-vote threshold needed as part of our established U.S. Supreme Court...

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