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44% of the US population lives in a freedom-to-marry state.

The Freedom to Marry Breaking Out All Over!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 3:52pm
Marriage in Oregon and Pennsylvania. Respect for existing marriages in Utah. Plus a new marriage lawsuit in Montana. From coast to coast, and several places in between, the ACLU has been propelling the marriage movement forward. Here's a round-up of what we've accomplished this week (so far!):
The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

By Leo Morales, Interim Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho at 8:18pm

With the flurry of court decisions striking down marriage bans for same-sex couples around the country, you might've missed the story coming out of Pocatello, Idaho, but it's a biggie.

Voters- in a largely Republican primary- in a small, conservative…

And Pennsylvania Makes Nineteen!

And Pennsylvania Makes Nineteen!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 4:14pm

Yesterday a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled for the freedom to marry, and today the state's governor, Tom Corbett, announced that he won't appeal the judge's ruling.

That means that Pennsylvania now becomes the 19th state in the nation…

Nebraska's Ban on Gay Foster Parents is Beatable

Nebraska's Ban on Gay Foster Parents is Beatable

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 4:17pm

The Cornhusker State's discriminatory ban on gay foster parents looks increasingly rickety.

A Nebraska state trial court ruled today that our challenge to the state's ban on foster parenting or adoption by gay people can proceed. The ruling…

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…

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…

Should LGBT Activists in India Just Give Up?

Should LGBT Activists in India Just Give Up?

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:09pm

Late last night, like many LGBT South Asian Americans, I waited anxiously to see how India's Supreme Court would rule on a colonial-era law that criminalized homosexuality. The ruling came in just after midnight Eastern Standard Time, and it was a…

Fired for Being Transgender, What ENDA Vote Means To Me

Fired for Being Transgender, What ENDA Vote Means To Me

By Diane Schroer at 2:06pm

Hearing and reading about the debate over the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate the past couple of days has been a surreal experience.

We've come a long way. It was not even ten years ago that I had a job offer rescinded…

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough!

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough!

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 10:27am

On this date in 1979, at least 75,000 people participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event marked the first time supporters of lesbian and gay rights came together for a national rally (at the time, the rights…

Banned Books Week 2013: Books about LGBT Families Remain Targets of Censorship

Banned Books Week 2013: Books about LGBT Families Remain Targets of Censorship

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 1:54pm

2013 has been a landmark year for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families. In June the Supreme Court struck down...