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 …

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…

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…

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…
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