Blog of Rights


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.

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 …

Arkansas Passes Ban on Same-Sex Couples Adopting Children

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 1:28am
Tonight voters in Arkansas approved an initiative that bans anyone who lives with a partner he or she is not married to from fostering or adopting children in the state. While the proponents of the initiative made no bones about the fact that this initiative…

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…

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…

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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