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Florida Passes Gay Marriage Ban

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 1:35am
Tonight voters in Florida approved an amendment to the state constitution that bars lesbian and gay couples from marriage. This is obviously very disappointing to the many lesbian and gay couples in the state who form lasting commitments just like straight couples and need legal protections for their families. This struggle is far from over. Over the past year, we have seen high courts in California and Connecticut join Massachusetts in ruling that it is unconstitutional to bar lesbian and gay couples from marriage. Even though there is an initiative on the ballot in California that could undo the court’s decision there, public opinion is changing and Americans are beginning to realize that it is unfair to treat same-sex couples as legal strangers. To learn what you can do to fight for relationship protections for lesbian and gay couples, visit www.aclu.org/getequal.

Public Universities Shouldn't Be Forced to Support Clubs That Discriminate

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 12:55pm

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could have serious implications for the laws we have created to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in society.

The central question raised in Christian…

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…

NYCLU Sends New Year's Greetings to State Senator Diaz

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 8:27pm

Earlier this month the NYCLU co-hosted an event in the Bronx to discuss the challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. The well-attended event took place at the Bronx Community Pride Center, which is in the district of state…

VICTORY: Florida Law Barring Gay People from Adopting Ruled Unconstitutional

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:34pm

Today a Florida circuit court today struck down a state law that bars lesbians and gay men from adopting (see yesterday's blog post for more about the case). The court granted adoptions to our client Martin Gill, a North Miami resident who, along with…

Texas Rewrites the Past, Jeopardizing the Educational Future of Children Nationwide

Texas Rewrites the Past, Jeopardizing the Educational Future of Children Nationwide

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 6:26pm

On April 15, the Texas State Board of Education released amendments to the state's social studies curriculum that essentially rewrite history to comport with the personal ideological and religious beliefs of some members of the board.

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…

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…

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…

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