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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.
The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00pm

Forty years ago today, "Battling Bella" Abzug, a member of Congress from New York and a trailblazer for women, introduced a bill to protect gay people from discrimination for the first time in American history. The Equality Act of 1974 would have banned…

Tamara Sheffield and Maryja Mee marry at the My Big Gay Illegal Wedding event

Twenty-Four Years of Love

By Tamara Sheffield & Maryja Mee at 3:20pm

We're like a lot of couples out there. We met in college. We've stuck by each other's side through the ups and downs. And we're involved in our local North Carolina community.

The only difference is we can't get married where we live.

That's…

Transgender Military Ban Takes Center Stage

Transgender Military Ban Takes Center Stage

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:41pm

In an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week on Sunday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he believes current military regulations that prohibit transgender individuals from serving openly in the military should be reviewed.

We…

Berghoff-Kidd Family

It's Time for Love to Win

There is a natural and sincere completeness to our family. Christy and I know that nothing is missing. We know that nothing is unintended.

Two moms plus one beautiful, bouncing baby girl is the equation of happiness for us. And it's a happiness…

Bobbi and her family

"I should not have had to sue my employer to have a healthy pregnancy or keep breastfeeding"

By Bobbi Bockoras at 1:53pm

As a mother of three children, working in the manufacturing industry, I am truly in the minority: I'm one of 30 women in our facility and the only one with small children. Still, I hardly thought that in this day and age I would have to fight just…

Victory! Title IX Protects Transgender Students

Victory! Title IX Protects Transgender Students

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:43am

Good news for transgender students was hidden in the White House's big news on sexual violence in schools and on college campuses on Tuesday. This latest breakthrough comes during an often fraught time of the school year for transgender and gender…

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…

Crash the Wedding Event of the Year

Crash the Wedding Event of the Year

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:51pm

What's the #1 rule for crashing a wedding?

According to the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson film Wedding Crashers it's "Never leave your fellow Crashers behind!"

A decade later that movie still resonates (even for us stodgy old civil libertarians).…

Marriage Matters to Us

Marriage Matters to Us

By Chris Tanner at 3:20pm

Ten years ago in March, Lisa and I were first in line when Multnomah County issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We married immediately in our church, with our ministers, blessed with the presence of friends.

Ten years ago in November,…