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Summer for Marriage

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 10:53am
Earlier in the season, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) declared this the "Summer for Marriage," and launched a cross-country bus tour to persuade the public that allowing same-sex couples to marry would be really bad. According to most reports, not all that many people were eager to jump on board, and some say it was really just a sham.

Constance McMillen Wants You to Urge Congress to Pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:08pm

ACLU client Constance McMillen made headlines this spring when her Mississippi high school took the extraordinary step of canceling the school prom rather than allow her to go with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. But as humiliating as that experience…

California's Sex Education Program: Ongoing Struggles Behind the Success Story

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:53am

ACLU of Northern California Sex Education Policy Director Phyllida Bulingame has posted an interesting blog post and video on RH Reality Check about the struggles of getting schools to comply with California’s sex education policies. She…

Experiment on Sex-Segregated Classes Goes Terribly Awry

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 12:12pm

The ACLU filed an appeal brief last Friday in its lawsuit against a Louisiana school district that segregates students by sex. The ACLU is representing two girls who attend the Rene A. Rost Middle School in Vermilion Parish School District in…

Public Universities Shouldn't Be Forced to Support Clubs That Discriminate

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 12:55pm

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could have serious implications for the laws we have created to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in society.

The central question raised in Christian…

Texas Rewrites the Past, Jeopardizing the Educational Future of Children Nationwide

Texas Rewrites the Past, Jeopardizing the Educational Future of Children Nationwide

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 6:26pm

On April 15, the Texas State Board of Education released amendments to the state's social studies curriculum that essentially rewrite history to comport with the personal ideological and religious beliefs of some members of the board.

Anti-Gay Preaching at Fresno City College Doesn't Fly

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:10am

Today, the LGBT Project and the ACLU of Northern California sent a letter to Fresno City College demanding that the college do something about the anti-gay preaching of health science professor Dr. Bradley Lopez. In his introductory health class…

Shouldn’t This Be the Christmas When Someone Gets Told?

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 3:46pm

As you get ready to celebrate the holidays, we hope you will consider giving the gift of LGBT equality by having three conversations with friends and family members about what it means to be LGBT. Opinion research shows that people are much more likely…

Fresno Hospital Takes Steps to End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:13pm

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California, has agreed to make policy changes and conduct staff trainings to ensure that the rights of its LGBT patients and family members are properly respected. The changes are being made in response…

New York Senators Reject Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:13pm

Yesterday the New York Senate rejected a bill that would have given same-sex couples the ability to marry. Needless to say, we are deeply disappointed in the outcome. We’ve been fighting for marriage for same-sex couples in New York for years…

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