ACLU
News about the American Civil Liberties Union as it fights for LGBT issues as part of its broader mission around freedom of speech, and religion, and civil rights. The ACLU has a specific program, the LGBT Project founded in 1986, whose goal is to rid the United States of discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The ACLU's main targeted areas are basic rights, parenting, marriage, youth, and transgender discrimination. The nonprofit organization is a powerful ally for protecting and promoting the rights of the LGBT community.
Oregon Atty. Gen. Won't Defend Marriage Ban
February 20 2014 7:39 PM ET

Oregon Atty. Gen. Won't Defend Marriage Ban

Trudy Ring

Ellen Rosenblum joins officials in Virginia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania in refusing to defend a state prohibition on same-sex marriage.

ACLU Sues for Recognition of Utah's Same-Sex Marriages
January 21 2014 4:10 PM ET

ACLU Sues for Recognition of Utah's Same-Sex Marriages

Sunnivie Brydum

The new case, filed in Utah state court, aims to provide clarity and security for more than 1,000 same-sex marriages that were performed legally during Utah's 17-day equality window.

Ark. Supreme Court Overrules Child Visitation Ban for Cohabitating Gay Parents
November 21 2013 4:26 PM ET

Ark. Supreme Court Overrules Child Visitation Ban for Cohabitating Gay Parents

Sunnivie Brydum

The state's highest court declared that judges may not restrict a parent's visitation rights based solely on that parent's cohabitation with a partner to whom they are not married.

Watch As New Mexico Supreme Court Considers Marriage Equality
October 23 2013 11:29 AM ET

New Mexico Supreme Court Considers Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The state's highest court is hearing opening arguments in a case set to determine whether or not New Mexico's constitution allows for marriage equality today.

WATCH: Male Driver's License Isn't Enough to Let Trans Teen Run for Homecoming King
September 10 2013 3:11 PM ET

Pa. School Won't Let Trans Teen Run for Homecoming King

Sunnivie Brydum

Members of the Richland School District board did not grant Kasey Caron's request to be listed on the male ballot for homecoming king at his high school, despite Caron's proof of legal gender change.

Trans Teen Takes on Pa. School to Run for Homecoming King
September 09 2013 3:33 PM ET

Trans Teen Takes on Pa. School to Run for Homecoming King

Sunnivie Brydum

Richland High School senior Kasey Caron has turned to the media to pressure his high school to let him run for homecoming king.

ACLU Backs Trans Nursing Student Told to Use Bathroom In Storage Closet
August 26 2013 4:53 PM ET

ACLU Backs Trans Nursing Student Told to Use Bathroom In Storage Closet

Sunnivie Brydum

A technical school in Clearwater, Fla., violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act when it ordered a nursing student to use a separate bathroom because she is transgender, says the ACLU.

Pennsylvania Issues First Same-Sex Marriage License
July 24 2013 2:21 PM ET

First Same-Sex Marriage License Issued in Pennsylvania

Jase Peeples

Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is banned in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Penn. County Prepares to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
July 24 2013 11:09 AM ET

Penn. County Prepares Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Jase Peeples

Officials in Montgomery County say they are ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the state’s ban.

Penn. AG Won't Defend State's Marriage Ban
July 11 2013 12:42 PM ET September 12 2013 5:26 PM ET

Penn. AG Won't Defend State's Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she "cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA. I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional."

ACLU Sues for Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania
July 09 2013 2:56 PM ET

ACLU Sues for Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

Jase Peeples

"Whether it's through litigation, the legislature, or the ballot box, we will continue to work to broaden the number of states where same-sex couples can marry," said ACLU spokeswoman Leslie Cooper.

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