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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…
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…

Let People Vote

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.

Why Getting Rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is So Important

Why Getting Rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is So Important

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 12:58pm

Last night, by 234 – 194, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that paves the way to end the ban on gay and lesbian servicemembers. The Senate Armed Services Committee also passed a similar amendment…

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…

Court Bars Divorced Mom’s 9-Year Partner from Staying Overnight When Kids are Home

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 12:57pm

I'm writing to tell you about a very important parenting case that is now in the Court of Appeals in Tennessee.  Here's the story.

Angel Chandler and Joseph Baker divorced ten years ago.  They had two children, a daughter, now 13…

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…

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)…

The President and Hospital Visitation

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

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

Early in 1978, I hung out a shingle and began practicing law with three friends on Castro Street in San Francisco. It was before HIV turned all our lives upside down, but we soon realized that hospital…

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