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Lawsuit filed challenging Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne on Wednesday challenging Wyoming’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples performed outside the state. [ Read more → ]
NCLRPlaintiffs (from left): Don Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz, Jeff and Todd Delmay, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, Vanessa and Melane Alenier, Summer Grace and Pamela Faerber. (Nit pictured: Catherina Pareta and Karla Arguello.)

Six same-sex couples sue to overturn Fla. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Six same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit in South Florida seeking to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Hundreds of same-sex couples wrapped around two floors at the Salt Lake County Complex on Dec.   23 waiting to obtain marriage licenses.

Advocacy groups mobilize to support married, same-sex couples in Utah

Thursday, January 9, 2014
LGBT advocacy groups on Thursday began mobilizing efforts in response to Utah governor Gary Herbert's announcement Wednesday that the state was putting "on hold" the recognition of same-sex unions performed after a federal judge ruled against Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Four Idaho couples file federal lawsuit challenging state’s gay marriage ban

Friday, November 8, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states. [ Read more → ]
Demonstrators protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

NCLR petition calls on global companies to urge Russia to repeal anti-gay laws

Thursday, September 5, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced Thursday the launch of a campaign — "Stop LGBT Hate in Russia" — calling on global companies doing business in Russia to demand the repeal of new laws that target LGBT people and allies. [ Read more → ]

N.M. Supreme Court won’t rule on gay marriage case ahead of lower courts

Friday, August 16, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's highest court says it isn't going to immediately decide whether same-sex marriage is legal in the state and the issue should be handled first by lower courts. [ Read more → ]
Plaintiffs (from left): Kim Kiel, Rose Griego, Miriam Rand, and Ona Porter

Same-sex couples file lawsuit seeking freedom to marry in New Mexico

Thursday, March 21, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry filed a lawsuit Thursday in Albuquerque’s district court after they applied for and were denied marriage licenses by the Bernalillo County Clerk. [ Read more → ]

ACLU to announce ‘groundbreaking’ N.M. lawsuit on same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 21, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is set announce a major lawsuit on same-sex marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]

Where’s the ‘B’ in national LGBTQ organizations?

Friday, March 1, 2013
Given the overwhelming evidence in the past few years showing that bisexual persons exist in greater numbers than the combined gay male, lesbian and transgender populations, we must ask whether some of the national queer organizations that send out donation requests demanding that we “demand equality for everyone” are themselves paying attention to the particular needs of bisexual folks, not merely as lip service, not just as an afterthought, but in any sort of tangible way. Noting that none of the following 10 national organizations includes the word “bisexual” or even the letter “B” in its name, I called and emailed media representatives of these groups about their bisexual policies and leadership for this report... [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules California ban on conversion therapy can go forward

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by an anti-LGBT group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of California’s new law banning controversial gay-to-straight conversion, or "reparative" therapy, for LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups move to defend California’s ban on reparative therapy

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Two LGBT advocacy groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California, filed court papers late Friday seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting LGBT youth from "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

Brown signs bill ensuring equal access to fertility services for same-sex couples

Friday, September 28, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Friday signed a bill to ensure that women in same-sex relationships and single women can access fertility services on the same terms as women in opposite-sex relationships. [ Read more → ]
Kate Kendell

NCLR says Prop 8 sponsors should not be allowed to ‘usurp’ elected officials

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Calling it an "unthinkable blow to California’s democratic system of government if the handful of individuals who sponsored Prop 8 could make decisions for the entire state," Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the NCLR, on Tuesday said that proponents of Proposition 8 should not be allowed to "usurp duly elected officials." [ Read more → ]

Minnesota school district faces another lawsuit over treatment of LGBT students

Thursday, August 11, 2011
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) this week filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Minneapolis on behalf of a sixth student, an out lesbian, who was harassed while attending school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, where a "neutrality" policy prevents teachers and staff from addressing LGBT issues, including bullying. [ Read more → ]
Ted Boutrous

Legal experts weigh in on hearing, Prop 8 proponent’s motion to vacate ruling

Monday, June 13, 2011
Supporters of California’s Proposition 8 were back in court on Monday, seeking to have the ruling voided because the federal judge that presided over the case is gay, and did not disclose he was in a long-term, same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]
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