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Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American nonprofit civil rights organization based in Montgomery, Ala., and is noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups, its legal representation for victims of hate groups, its monitoring of alleged hate groups, militias and extremist organizations, and its educational programs that promote tolerance. The SPLC classifies and lists as hate groups organizations that in its opinion denigrate or assault entire groups of people, typically for attributes that are beyond their control. [ Website ] [ Wikipedia ]

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Civil rights groups seek class action status, demand for marriage equality in Alabama

Friday, March 6, 2015
Milton Persinger, left, and Robert Povilat, both of Mobile, Ala., get married at Government Plaza as the Rev. Sandy O'Steen from Cornerstone Metropolitan Community Church officiates. They were the first same-sex couple to get married in Mobile, Ala., Thursday Feb. 12, 2015.
The motion requests that the federal district court expand their lawsuit to cover all county probate judges in the state. [...]

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Federal lawsuit filed against Georgia DOC on behalf of transgender inmate

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Ashely Diamond
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender inmate who attorneys allege has been denied medical treatment and has been sexually assaulted by other inmates at her men’s prison. [...]

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N.J. judge: Gay conversion therapy group can’t claim homosexuality is a disorder

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
A judge in New Jersey has ruled that claims by a gay conversion therapy group that describe homosexuality as a curable mental disorder are fraud. [...]

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N.J. judge excludes key ‘conversion therapy’ experts in consumer fraud case

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
A New Jersey judge has ruled that several prominent proponents of gay-to-straight conversion therapy will not be allowed to testify in a consumer-fraud case against a conversion therapy organization. [...]

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Legal group files judicial ethics complaint against Alabama chief justice

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Roy Moore
The complaint to Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission stems from Roy Moore’s criticism of a federal judge’s ruling in favor of a Mobile couple in a same-sex marriage. Moore called it “judicial tyranny.” [...]

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Civil rights groups to RNC: GOP should stop associating with anti-gay groups

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Reince Priebus is Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
WASHINGTON -- The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of civil rights groups on Wednesday called on the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to urge party members to disassociate themselves from groups behind this week’s Values Voter Summit because of their relentless demonization of the LGBT community. [...]

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N.J. judge: Conversion therapy practitioners could be liable for damages

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- A judge has ruled that a New Jersey conversion therapy organization is potentially liable for the costs to repair the damage it inflicted on four young people by using discredited therapy it claimed can convert people from gay to straight. [...]

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Ala. group plans protest at SPLC office in defense of same-sex marriage ban

Friday, May 9, 2014
Southern Poverty Law Center headquarters in Montgomery, Ala.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A Southern heritage group is defending Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The Alabama-based League of the South is planning a protest for Friday morning in Montgomery outside the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is trying to overturn the ban. [...]

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Anti-gay hate group leader back to U.S. after spending night in jail in Canada

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Peter LaBarbera, arrested in Canada on April 14, 2014.
NAPIER, Illinois -- Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is back home in Illinois after spending 24 hours in custody in Canada for demonstrating against homosexuality and abortion at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. [...]

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Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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