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Current challenge to Alabama's same-sex marriage ban:
Hard v. Bentley, Searcy v. Bentley

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Apple CEO Tim Cook challenges home state of Alabama on LGBT rights

Monday, October 27, 2014
Tim Cook
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is challenging his home state of Alabama to do more to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Cook says educational equality is also a key civil rights issue. He says Apple is giving $100 million for technology for 114 schools in 29 states to help.

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Alabama appeals court voids same-sex partner’s child visitation order

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama appeals court says a judge can't order child visitation following the split-up of a same-sex couple. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday that a Jefferson County judge was wrong to order child visitation for a woman who split up with her partner of 16 years.

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Investigators: U.S. Army discriminated against civilian transgender worker

Friday, October 24, 2014
Tamara Lusardi
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation, restricting her from the women's restroom and using her male name despite her preference to be referred to as a woman, a federal investigation found.

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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HRC hires state leaders to promote LGBT equality in Mississippi, Alabama

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign has announced the hiring of two more state leaders as part of its Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality in three deeply conservative southern states. Rob Hill, a former clergyman, will lead the HRC's efforts in Mississippi, and Ashley Jackson, co-founder of the Mississippi Safe Schools ...

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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Ala. couple asks judge to skip trial, rule on same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 16, 2014
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and their 8-year-old son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. — Two women challenging Alabama’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial. Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three federal lawsuits challenging Alabama’s ban.

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Alabama appeals court rules state’s sodomy law unconstitutional

Saturday, June 14, 2014
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama appeals court on Friday ruled that the state's ban on consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, is unconstitutional. The appeals courts said that a portion of Alabama's sexual misconduct statute -- which reads in part, "consent is no defense to a prosecution" -- was unconstitutional.

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Third federal lawsuit filed challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
April and Ginger Aaron-Brush
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a same-sex couple from Birmingham who married in Massachusetts but their marriage is not recognized in their home state.

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HRC kicks-off campaign for LGBT equality laws in three southern states

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Chad Griffin
JACKSON, Miss. -- The national LGBT advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

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