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Stripped of Recognition

Stripped of Recognition

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 2:12pm

Today, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Utah to force the state to continue recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples who were legally married in the weeks after a federal court struck down Utah’s bans on allowing same-sex couples…

Equality in the Culture and Equality in the Courts

Equality in the Culture and Equality in the Courts

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 3:22pm

In the last 25 years or so, the attitude of Courts toward people making rights claims about sexual orientation has undergone a stark reversal. The Supreme Court of 1986 in Bowers v. Hardwick thought it "at best facetious" to claim that the constitution…

DOMA Zombies Surface in Congress

DOMA Zombies Surface in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:13am

Since the Supreme Court's landmark Windsor ruling last June striking down the core of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA), the federal government has moved, with commendable speed, in a myriad of areas to extend recognition to the marriages…

CeCe is Free But So Much Work Remains

CeCe is Free But So Much Work Remains

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:34am

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections website, CeCe McDonald is expected to be released today from the Minnesota men's prison where she has served 19 months of her 41 month sentence stemming from her controversial manslaughter conviction.

CeCe…

This Is What Respect for Marriage Looks Like

This Is What Respect for Marriage Looks Like

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:32pm

On Friday, Attorney General Holder confirmed that the federal government would continue recognizing the nearly 1,400 marriages issued to same-sex couples in Utah between December 20, 2013 and January 6, 2014. Holder said, "These families should not…

VICTORY! Military Ban on Consensual Intimacy Ends

VICTORY! Military Ban on Consensual Intimacy Ends

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:33am

In the late hours on Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 84-15, passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending the measure to President Obama for his signature.  Included within the sprawling annual defense authorization…

#17 - New Mexico Closes Out A Transformative Year on Marriage!

#17 - New Mexico Closes Out A Transformative Year on Marriage!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 4:07pm

The New Mexico Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The case that got us here (brought by the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights), involved six plaintiff couples, including Jen…

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:15pm

Last Friday, a committee of the New York City Council attempted to answer a simple question: Why is it that in the year 2013, only 37 of 10,500 firefighters in New York City are women? Why is it that only a fraction of one percent of New York City's…

An Unthinkable Choice

An Unthinkable Choice

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:41am

Asia Myers, a pregnant woman expecting a baby girl in less than a month, works for an employer that forced her to make an unthinkable choice between a healthy pregnancy and her paycheck.

Early in her pregnancy, Asia suffered from complications…