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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 state provides to married couples, including health care benefits, medical decision-making, adoption rights and protections upon death of a partner. While we’ve come very close, we’ve always come up short at the end of the day.

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…

Constance McMillen Wants You to Urge Congress to Pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:08pm

ACLU client Constance McMillen made headlines this spring when her Mississippi high school took the extraordinary step of canceling the school prom rather than allow her to go with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. But as humiliating as that experience…

California's Sex Education Program: Ongoing Struggles Behind the Success Story

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:53am

ACLU of Northern California Sex Education Policy Director Phyllida Bulingame has posted an interesting blog post and video on RH Reality Check about the struggles of getting schools to comply with California’s sex education policies. She…

Fresno Hospital Takes Steps to End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:13pm

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California, has agreed to make policy changes and conduct staff trainings to ensure that the rights of its LGBT patients and family members are properly respected. The changes are being made in response…

Seven Reasons to Vote Approve on R-71: Reason #2

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:33pm

On November 3, Washington voters will have the chance to approve or reject R-71, a measure that will allow same-sex couples and unmarried opposite-sex seniors to access many of the rights and protections granted to married couples.  We’ll…

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…

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…

In Appreciation of Judith Krug

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:44pm

I was very saddened to learn this morning that one of our nation’s great champions of free speech, Judith Krug, passed away this past weekend. Ms. Krug was the Director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom…

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…

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