Blog of Rights


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 his partner, has been raising two foster children since 2004.

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…

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…

Puerto Rico to Investigate Murder of Gay Man as a Hate Crime

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:53am

After meeting on Monday with the ACLU of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Department of Justice has agreed to investigate the brutal murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado as a hate crime. The Department of Justice has also agreed to work with the ACLU…

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.

Experiment on Sex-Segregated Classes Goes Terribly Awry

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 12:12pm

The ACLU filed an appeal brief last Friday in its lawsuit against a Louisiana school district that segregates students by sex. The ACLU is representing two girls who attend the Rene A. Rost Middle School in Vermilion Parish School District in…

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…

Anti-Gay Preaching at Fresno City College Doesn't Fly

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:10am

Today, the LGBT Project and the ACLU of Northern California sent a letter to Fresno City College demanding that the college do something about the anti-gay preaching of health science professor Dr. Bradley Lopez. In his introductory health class…

California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 3:38pm

Today, in a 6-to-1 decision, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot measure that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry. At the same time, the court unanimously ruled that the more than 18,000 marriages that…

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…
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