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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes - free of charge - documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation's schools.
September 21, 2017 - The following statement is from David Dinielli, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center
, on President Trump's nomination of Jeff Mateer to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: "President Trump has once again demonstrated his complete disregard for the LGBT community by nominating a person to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas who opposes LGBT rights and dignity. The nominee's past statements prove that he cannot and will not rule fairly on issues affecting the LGBT community.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - July 27, 2017 – The following statement, regarding a brief
filed by the Department of Justice Wednesday night claiming that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBT people from employment discrimination, is by David Dinielli, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
: "A majority of Americans
believe that LGBT people should be protected from discrimination in the workplace. But last night, President Trump's Justice Department filed a brief arguing the opposite – that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act provides no such protections, despite the growing consensus that discrimination 'on the basis of sex' encompasses discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - February 15, 2017 – The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC)
annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations, released today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. and Montgomery, Ala., December 6, 2016
- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee)
and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
issued the following statement today in response to nationwide spike in hate-filled incidents nationwide. "Hate crimes and hate-filled incidents stand as a dark cloud over our democracy," said Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke. "The recent spike in hate crimes is attributable, in part, to the racially-charged rhetoric that characterized the 2016 election cycle and the rise of "alt-right" white nationalist extremism. This is a moment that calls for federal, state, and local officials to use every tool in their arsenal to fully investigate and prosecute these incidents when they occur."
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - September 30, 2016 – The Alabama Court of the Judiciary today suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the rest of his term in office. The Court ruled that Moore violated the canons of judicial ethics by ordering Alabama's probate judges to defy a federal court injunction requiring them to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on a non-discriminatory basis. This is the second time in 13 years that Moore has been sanctioned as a result of ethics complaints filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center
August 22, 2016 - In response to preliminary injunction granted today by a federal judge in Texas v. U.S., blocking the May 2016 guidance by the Obama administration interpreting Title IX to protect transgender students, the following statement is by David Dinielli, deputy legal director, Southern Poverty Law Center
. "Today's order is an attack on transgender people. This case reflects an overreaction by many states to federal guidance about transgender schoolchildren. We are disappointed that this particular court has failed to understand what it means to be transgender. But we are confident that, over time, our courts will recognize that transgender children, like all children, feel safe and thrive when they are given equal opportunity to succeed. We are committed to this fight and will not stop until all of our kids enjoy safety and dignity in their schools and communities. "
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - April 12, 2016 – The following statement regarding North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's signage today of an executive order changing the equal employment policy for state workers to apply to discrimination claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity is by David Dinielli, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - April 5, 2016 – The following statement regarding the passage of Mississippi bill HB 1523, the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” into law by Gov. Phil Bryant is by Jody E. Owens, managing attorney in Mississippi at the Southern Poverty Law Center
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The following statement regarding Mississippi bill HB 1523, the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” in the Mississippi Legislature is by Jody E. Owens, managing attorney in Mississippi at the Southern Poverty Law Center:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - February 12, 2016 – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
announced today that a settlement agreement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed against Georgia Department of Corrections officials on behalf of a transgender woman who was denied medically necessary treatment and sexually assaulted by other prisoners while she was held at a men's prison.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - February 11, 2016 – A new Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report
profiles the top Christian Right groups on the frontlines of the campaign to enact state "religious freedom" laws, demonstrating that the movement is merely the latest strategy to deny equality to the LGBT community.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - January 6, 2016 – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from the bench for advising state probate judges to enforce Alabama's same-sex marriage ban, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
said in a new supplement filed today in its ongoing ethics complaint against Moore.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - September 10, 2015 – Summerford Nursing Home Inc. has agreed to pay an undisclosed financial settlement and implement a workplace nondiscrimination policy prohibiting sexual orientation and gender discrimination after firing a woman for being transgender, the Southern Poverty Law Center
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.
GROVETOWN, Ga. - August 31, 2015 – Ashley Diamond, the transgender inmate who sued the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) after being denied a safe environment and medically necessary gender dysphoria treatment, was released today after more than three years in prison, where she was housed with male inmates and sexually assaulted eight times.
(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.
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.
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,
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.