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Gay People Raising Kids: From Our Downfall To Our Salvation

Gay People Raising Kids: From Our Downfall To Our Salvation

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 11:21am
It used to be that the idea of gay people raising kids spooked lots of people, who thought of us only as pedophiles, not as parents. In fact, we lost a long series of court cases about the freedom to marry based on judges saying that straight folks were better for children, and therefore it made sense to exclude same-sex couples from marriage (huh?).
The Road To Equality: 'Til Death Do Us Part And Beyond

The Road To Equality: 'Til Death Do Us Part And Beyond

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 10:01am

Life is full of unexpected ups and downs. Sometimes our greatest joys are followed by our deepest sorrows and through the good times and the bad we turn to our loved ones to guide and comfort us.

But for same-sex couples, all too often the…

VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:38pm

“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters -- I know because I got a lot of them.”  

If you’ve ever questioned whether it matters to add…

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…

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…

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).…

Turning Transgender 'Visibility' into Meaningful Change for Transgender People

Turning Transgender 'Visibility' into Meaningful Change for Transgender People

By Carl Charles, Skadden Fellow, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:36pm

Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility, which is a moment to take stock of what “visibility” actually means in the day-to-day lives of transgender people around the world. As we become more visible in society, what is also visible is how much…

Why Utah Is No Utopia for LGBT Equality Despite Progress

Why Utah Is No Utopia for LGBT Equality Despite Progress

By Rose Saxe, AIDS Project at 1:00pm

The passage of a bill in Utah last week that will protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in housing and employment is a timely and important achievement: It ensures that the LGBT community cannot be singled out for unequal…

From Edie to Jim – Love at the Supreme Court

From Edie to Jim – Love at the Supreme Court

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 1:37pm

“You did it, honey.”

That is what Edie Windsor imagined her late spouse, Thea Spyer, would have said after their love story brought down the core of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor. Edie and Thea did do it.…

We Fight to Honor My Husband's Dying Wish

We Fight to Honor My Husband's Dying Wish

When I met my husband, I knew I wanted to be with him for the rest of my life, until death parted us. Most people feel that way when they meet the love of their life. But most people don't think that the time to part would come so soon. Or at least,…