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We Have Options

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:12pm
On July 31, 2008, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill repealing a 1913 law that kept many out-of-state lesbian and gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts. The law said you couldn't marry in Massachusetts if you couldn't marry in your home state. Back in 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state in the country to allow same-sex couples to marry, then Governor Mitt Romney invoked the law to bar same-sex couples from most of the rest of the country. Thanks to the state legislature and Governor Patrick, that law is no more and same-sex couples are now able to marry in Massachusetts.

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…

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…

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…

Puerto Rico to Investigate Murder of Gay Man as a Hate Crime

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:53am

After meeting on Monday with the ACLU of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Department of Justice has agreed to investigate the brutal murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado as a hate crime. The Department of Justice has also agreed to work with the ACLU…

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