Blog of Rights


Time’s Running Out to Urge Californians to Vote NO

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:10pm
There are just five days left until voters in California will vote on Proposition 8, which would strip lesbian and gay couples of the fundamental right to marry. Although a Field Poll released today shows that we have a decent shot at defeating the initiative, there are still a large number of undecided voters. If we all speak up, we can turn those undecidededs into no votes.

Sex Change Causes Loss of Government Job

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:23pm

The Library of Congress is being sued because it offered a key job as terrorism research analyst to Diane Schroer, then rescinded the offer, because Schroer is transgender. On last night's Countdown on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann exposed the high price…

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…

Faith-Based Termination

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:04am

The issue of giving taxpayer funds to religious organizations providing government services recently resurfaced in the presidential campaign. Since the ACLU is a nonpartisan organization that doesn’t take sides in elections, you’ll have…

Paul Cates: A Sober Reminder Why We're Still Marching

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:54pm

With all the excitement around lesbian and gay couples marrying in California, it’s easy to forget that really horrible things continue to happen to LGBT people around the country. Yesterday the ACLU filed a lawsuit that shows how much…

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Blow to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 3:02pm
Yesterday afternoon the Federal Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit dealt a significant blow to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The ACLU of Washington represents a decorated Air Force Major, Margaret Witt, who was discharged for being…

California Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Marriage Cases

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 1:18pm
Today the California Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a number of lawsuits seeking marriage for same-sex couples. The National Center for Lesbian Rights,the ACLU and Lambda Legal brought one of the lawsuits in March 2004 on behalf of couples…

Beyond the Bathroom Jokes: A Serious Civil Liberties Issue

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:07pm
With allegations of toe tapping and under-the-stall hand motions, the recent arrest of Senator Larry Craig was a gold mine for comedians on late night TV. But beneath the laughter lies a serious civil liberties concern. Larry Craig was arrested under…
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