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Something to Be Thankful For

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 3:58pm

We won the Florida adoption case yesterday. A Miami judge ruled that the ban on adoption by gay people was unconstitutional. And I got two new heroes out of the case.

The first hero is Cindy Lederman. She’s the judge who finally had the guts to hear the evidence on gay people as parents. I wrote earlier this week about the evidence we gave her, and how it showed that sexual orientation has no connection to parenting ability. Judge Lederman also had the insight to understand what that expert evidence meant, and its legal significance. Here’s how she put it:

As a result, based on the robust nature of the evidence available in the field, this Court is satisfied that the issue is so far beyond dispute that it would be irrational to hold otherwise; the best interests of children are not preserved by prohibiting homosexual adoption.

And then she did what followed inevitably from that finding: She declared the law unconstitutional and allowed our client to adopt his sons. (You can read her opinion here.)

 

Thinking About California

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 6:21pm

After the California Supreme Court’s brilliant, inspiring decision in May, Tuesday's loss at the polls is a bitter pill. That it follows all the wonderful stories of people getting married, and the Connecticut decision that seemed to put…

Thinking About History

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 5:08pm

After weeks of working tirelessly on CA's No on 8 campaign, LGBT Project Director Matt Coles is waiting for the election results and reflecting on the campaign.

During this excruciating wait for the polls to close and the results…

The Secret Weapon in the No on Prop. 8 Fight

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 5:01pm

There’s a secret weapon in the campaign against Proposition 8 in California, the ballot measure that would eliminate marriage for gay couples in that state.

It’s you — and the power of your personal story told to your friends, family,…

Worried About Marriage in California

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 1:49pm

Frankly, I'm worried about Proposition 8 on the November California ballot. That's the initiative that would end marriage for same-sex couples.

There are reasons to feel good. The latest California Field Poll shows us ahead by a very…

The Schroer Trial Ends: The Meaning of Sex

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 1:10pm
The trial in Diane Schroer's case against the Library of Congress came to a close on Friday afternoon in federal court in Washington, D.C., Ms. Schroer is the decorated Special Forces Colonel who, after retiring, was offered a job as a terrorism…

Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships: Desperately Seeking "Support"

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 12:16pm

You've probably heard that the there have been problems in states that have adopted "Civil Unions" and "Domestic Partnerships." Here are two real world examples, one an annoyance and the other much more than that. Item one. Jason Smith and Settimio…

Matt Coles: Who Cares About Marriage?

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 10:01am

Originally posted on advocate.com.

Why — some people, including a lot of gay people, ask — do LGBT people care so much about marriage? Marriage rates are down in the United States, and…

Coming Out on Sixth Avenue in 1975

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 11:47am

In June 1975, I'd finished my first year of law school, and I was clerking in a law office in Connecticut. I was sitting in a conference room in a big meeting about a construction contract when the phone rang. One of the senior partners picked…

LGBT Project Director Matt Coles Answers Your Questions About the California Initiative

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 4:07pm

On May 15, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state may no longer exclude same-sex couples from marriage. But anti-gay forces have gotten enough signatures to put on the November ballot an initiative that would amend the state Constitution…

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