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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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Head of ‘gay conversion’ therapy group testifies he believes homosexuality is a spiritual disorder

Monday, June 8, 2015
Defendant Arthur Goldberg, co-director of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, listens to opening statements in the trial against JONAH, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J.
Arthur Goldberg testified he believes homosexuality is a spiritual disorder and a condition caused by emotional wounds occurring in childhood and adolescence that can be cured through a "gender-affirming" process. ...

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Plaintiff in lawsuit against ‘gay conversion’ practitioners describes therapy methods

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Benjamin Unger is sworn in as a witness in the trial against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, (JONAH) Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. The nonprofit New Jersey based group, who promised to turn gays heterosexual with so-called gay conversion therapy, are being sued by Unger and three other plaintiffs for fraud.
One of four plaintiffs who sued a nonprofit that promised to turn them from gay to straight wept on the witness stand Wednesday as he described cutting off contact with his mother after being told she was the cause of ...

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Jury to hear opening arguments in New Jersey ‘gay conversion’ trial

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Four men and two of their mothers are suing the organization Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), a nonprofit that offers "gay conversion" therapy, under New Jersey's consumer fraud laws. ...

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New Jersey trial on gay conversion therapy set to begin

Monday, June 1, 2015
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
Jurors are expected to hear testimony this week in a lawsuit that claims a nonprofit violated state consumer fraud laws when it offered treatment it said would turn gays into heterosexuals by, among other methods, having them spend more time ...

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Transgender man sues loan company after executive demands he ‘dress and act like a woman’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Tristan Broussard
Tristan Broussard alleges he was forced to leave his job at First Tower Loan in Lake Charles, Louisiana, offices after a company executive found out he was listed on his driver's license as female. ...

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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 ...

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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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