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Let People Vote

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 3:19pm

The right to vote is what makes a country a true democracy. Limit the right to only some of the people and you don't really have self-government anymore.

God Hates Figs

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 2:14pm

Leave it to a bunch of students at the University of Chicago to remind us how best to deal with our craziest opponents. It's not to scream at them, not to shout, not to cry at their cruelty, not even to engage. It's to show them up for just how crazy…

New Video Shows the Need for a Transgender-Inclusive ENDA

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 12:50pm
Congress recently threatened to hold a vote on a bill that would cut from the ENDA the people who most need its protections. There is no better example of the reason we need a transgender-inclusive ENDA than Diane Schroer, a highly-decorated veteran who…

Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against LGBT Discrimination

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 4:18pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

As you probably know, a couple of days ago the Supreme Court decided Christian Legal Society of Hastings College of the Law v. Martinez. The court ruled 5-4 that the Christian Legal Society (CLS)…

America in Transition: A Transgender Special Forces Colonel vs. the Library of Congress

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 1:11pm
Diane Schroer's case against the Library of Congress went to trial on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in D.C. The basics of the case are pretty well known. As David, Schroer spent 25 years in the Army, and retired as a decorated full Colonel in the…

Getting Rid of Prop. 8

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 3:38pm

The LGBT Project and the ACLU’s three California affiliates (Northern, Southern and San Diego-Imperial) wrote to our allies on Monday suggesting that we ought to reframe the conversation about getting rid of Prop. 8.

Our letter says…

Challenging the Arkansas Parenting Ban

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 1:43pm

Prop. 8 in California wasn’t the only anti-gay initiative that passed on election day. Voters in Arkansas also passed an initiative prohibiting any cohabiting adult from adopting a child or becoming a foster parent. Since Arkansas passed a ban…

Decision Tomorrow in Challenge to Florida’s Ban on Adoption by Gay People

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 6:27pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Tomorrow we’ll learn the outcome in the ACLU’s latest challenge to Florida’s law banning adoption by lesbians and gay men. The judge has told us that she’ll announce her decision in…

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…

Equality in the Culture and Equality in the Courts

Equality in the Culture and Equality in the Courts

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 3:22pm

In the last 25 years or so, the attitude of Courts toward people making rights claims about sexual orientation has undergone a stark reversal. The Supreme Court of 1986 in Bowers v. Hardwick thought it "at best facetious" to claim that the constitution…

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