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Trouble in El Paso

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:29pm
According to recent media reports, a group of five men were kicked out of an El Paso Chico’s restaurant on June 29 after security guards spotted two of the men kissing. The security guards are alleged to have told the men that “faggot stuff” wasn’t allowed in the restaurant. Police were called to the scene by both parties, but instead of assisting the men, the responding officer reportedly threatened to cite them for “homosexual activity.” Police reportedly told the men that same-sex kissing was forbidden in public.

The High Price of Discrimination

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:18pm

We have learned that the Department of Justice will not be seeking an appeal in transgender veteran Diane Schroer’s victory against the Library of Congress. This is, of course, great news. It means that our case against the Library of Congress…

High School Matadors Y Matadoras

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 3:49pm

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a classroom discussion on bullying at the University of Puerto Rico High School in San Juan. Our Puerto Rico chapter is working with a number of students at the school who have developed a very effective…

Court Hears Oral Arguments in Prop. 8 Challenge

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:17pm

Arguments just ended in our legal challenge to Prop. 8. At issue in the case is whether the ballot initiative process can be used to take away a fundamental right only for one group of Californians based on a trait – in this case sexual orientation…

Watch Oral Arguments in Prop. 8 Legal Challenge Tomorrow

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:23pm

Tomorrow, March 5, is our big day in court in our legal challenge to Prop. 8. The California Supreme Court will be hearing oral argument from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST. This is the lawsuit we filed the day after the elections with NCLR, Lambda Legal…

Urgent Help Needed to Pass Domestic Partnership in New Mexico

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:34pm

For several years now the LGBT project has been working to pass a comprehensive domestic partnership bill in New Mexico. The bill would provide both gay and straight couples (like the New Mexicans in these videos) with all of the legal benefits the…

Celebrate Freedom to Marry Week

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 6:04pm

Today kicks off the 12th annual Freedom to Marry Week. This year, the week is focused on encouraging people across the country to have seven conversations in seven days to move people to support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. Readers of this…

New Administration Brings Opportunity to End HIV Discrimination at State Department

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:39pm

With all eyes focused on Hillary Clinton’s confirmation to the post of Secretary of State, we here at the ACLU are hopeful that there will be some changes in how the new leadership at the State Department treats people with HIV.

Late last…

Prop 8 Update

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:51am

Earlier this week, the ACLU, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lambda Legal filed another brief before the California Supreme Court urging the court to strike down Prop 8 which attempted to take away the right of gay people to marry in …

A Loss in Arizona

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 1:02am
Tonight voters in Arizona passed an initiative that bars lesbian and gay couples from marrying in the state. In 2004, Arizonans made history for being the first state to reject an anti-gay relationship amendment that would have barred even protections…
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