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September, 2015

Illinois Law Banning Conversion Therapy Against LGBT Youth First to Contain 'Consumer Fraud' Provision

Illinois Law Banning Conversion Therapy Against LGBT Youth First to Contain 'Consumer Fraud' Provision
August 21, 2015 - "Illinois did the right thing by passing a law to protect LGBT youth from the harmful and fraudulent practice of conversion therapy. What's new and progressive about Illinois' law banning this 'therapy' is that it's the first to include a provision that says advertising this practice amounts to consumer fraud.
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July, 2015

Federal Court Confirms That All Alabama Counties Must Stop Enforcing Unconstitutional Marriage Ban

Federal Court Confirms That All Alabama Counties Must Stop Enforcing Unconstitutional Marriage Ban
(MOBILE, Ala., July 1, 2015)–U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade today issued an order confirming that her injunction directing all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is now in effect and requires immediate compliance. A violation of Judge Granade's order could result in a county probate judge being held liable for contempt of court, attorneys' fees, financial penalties, and any other remedies the court deems proper.
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NJ Group's Gay 'Conversion' Program Violates Consumer Fraud Act and is Unconscionable

NJ Group's Gay 'Conversion' Program Violates Consumer Fraud Act and is Unconscionable
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - June 25, 2015 – After a three-week trial in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, a jury today determined that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) violated New Jersey consumer fraud protections and committed unconscionable business practices by telling clients and potential clients that they were disordered and by offering"conversion therapy" services it claimed could turn their gay clients straight.
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SPLC's Intelligence Report: American Muslims Under Siege

SPLC's Intelligence Report: American Muslims Under Siege
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - June 10, 2015 – Almost 14 years after the 9/11 terror attacks sparked a violent backlash against American Muslims, anti-Muslim hatred is again on the rise as activists and politicians exploit atrocities committed by the Islamic State and other jihadists, according to the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, released today.
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June, 2015

Federal Court Orders Alabama Probate Judges to Allow Marriage Equality Statewide

Federal Court Orders Alabama Probate Judges to Allow Marriage Equality Statewide
MOBILE, Ala. - May 21, 2015 – A federal district court today ordered that all Alabama probate judges must comply with the U.S. Constitution and may not refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples after four leading civil rights organizations requested the court expand a lawsuit to cover all same-sex couples and probate judges statewide. The district court's order will take effect when the United States Supreme Court issues its decision in several pending cases seeking the freedom to marry in four states.  The Supreme Court marriage cases were argued in April, and a ruling is expected by the end of June.
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May, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Sue National Finance Company for Illegally Firing Transgender Employee

Civil Rights Groups Sue National Finance Company for Illegally Firing Transgender Employee
(New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2015)—A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates.
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Southern Poverty Law Center Statement on Ashley Diamond Case

Southern Poverty Law Center Statement on Ashley Diamond Case
April 10, 2015 - The following statement was issued by SPLC Deputy Legal Director David Dinielli following the disclosure that the Georgia Department of Corrections has changed its policy relating to the provision of hormone therapy to transgender prisoners.
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April, 2015

Civil Rights Organizations Ask Federal Court In Alabama To Order Freedom To Marry Statewide

Civil Rights Organizations Ask Federal Court In Alabama To Order Freedom To Marry Statewide
(Mobile, AL, March 6, 2015)—A group of leading national civil rights organizations today filed a motion requesting a federal district court to expand a lawsuit challenging Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage and to order all county probate judges in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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DOJ files brief in SPLC suit seeking justice for transgender inmate in Georgia prison

DOJ files brief in SPLC suit seeking justice for transgender inmate in Georgia prison
April 3, 2015 - The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in Diamond v. Owens, et al., a case filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center seeking relief for Ashley Diamond, a transgender inmate in a Georgia prison, who is being denied medically necessary treatment.
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March, 2015

New Jersey Judge Rules Conversion Therapy Group Can't Claim Homosexuality is a Disorder

New Jersey Judge Rules Conversion Therapy Group Can't Claim Homosexuality is a Disorder
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - February 10, 2015 – A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled that misrepresenting that homosexuality is a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services violates the state's consumer protection laws – a devastating ruling for the conversion therapy industry, which claims to "convert" people from gay to straight, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced today.
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SPLC Lawsuit Demands Necessary Health Care for Transgender Inmate in Georgia State Prison

SPLC Lawsuit Demands Necessary Health Care for Transgender Inmate in Georgia State Prison
Macon, Ga. - Feburary 20, 2015 – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender woman who has been denied medically necessary treatment and sexually assaulted by other inmates while held at a men's prison.
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February, 2015

Decision Overturning Alabama's Same-Sex Marriage Ban a Victory for Families, Children of Same-Sex Couples

Decision Overturning Alabama's Same-Sex Marriage Ban a Victory for Families, Children of Same-Sex Couples
MONTGOMERY, Ala - January 23, 2015. – A federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional will provide greater stability to the lives of same-sex couples and their children, but more work remains to eliminate anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced today.
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Judge Rules in Favor of SPLC Clients to Exclude Conversion Therapy Experts in Consumer Fraud Case

Judge Rules in Favor of SPLC Clients to Exclude Conversion Therapy Experts in Consumer Fraud Case
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - February 5, 2015 –  Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ruled today that several prominent gay-to-straight conversion therapy proponents, including Joseph Nicolosi, will not be allowed to testify as defense experts in a consumer-fraud lawsuit against a conversion therapy organization.
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December, 2014

SPLC's Intelligence Report: Recent Wave of Immigrant Children May Have Revitalized Nativist Extremist Movement

SPLC's Intelligence Report: Recent Wave of Immigrant Children May Have Revitalized Nativist Extremist Movement
MONTGOMERY, Ala.- November 21, 2014 – As presidential action to allow more undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States became news this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a major report examining the possible rebirth of the nativist extremist movement that roiled the country from 2005 to 2011.
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