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January, 2018

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Case That Will Decide the Future of Anti-Discrimination Law

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Case That Will Decide the Future of Anti-Discrimination Law
WASHINGTON - December 5, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union appeared before the Supreme Court today in oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that will have widespread impact on the future of anti-discrimination protection in the United States.
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December, 2017

Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban

Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban
BALTIMORE - November 21, 2017 - A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of the president's directive banning transgender service members from serving in the military while the ACLU's lawsuit challenging it moves forward.
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Federal Court Hears Arguments in ACLU Challenge to Trump's Ban on Military Service by Transgender People

Federal Court Hears Arguments in ACLU Challenge to Trump's Ban on Military Service by Transgender People
BALTIMORE - November 9, 2017 -The American Civil Liberties Union was in federal court today for a hearing in its lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals.
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November, 2017

ACLU and Lambda Legal Announce Proposed Settlement With North Carolina in Lawsuit Challenging Anti-LGBT Law

ACLU and Lambda Legal Announce Proposed Settlement With North Carolina in Lawsuit Challenging Anti-LGBT Law
RALEIGH, N.C. - October 18, 2017 - Transgender people in North Carolina will not be barred from using public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity under a consent decree proposed today by Gov. Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, and LGBT North Carolinians who are challenging state anti-LGBT laws H.B. 2 and H.B. 142 in a federal lawsuit. The judge in the case must agree to the terms of the proposed consent decree before it takes effect.
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ACLU Comment on Bipartisan Bill Halting Ban on Transgender Military Service Members

ACLU Comment on Bipartisan Bill Halting Ban on Transgender Military Service Members
WASHINGTON - October 13, 2017 - Democratic and Republican members of Congress introduced a new bill in Congress (H.R. 4041) today that seeks an immediate halt to the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military.
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ACLU Comment on Court Order Halting Trump's Transgender Military Ban

ACLU Comment on Court Order Halting Trump's Transgender Military Ban
WASHINGTON - October 30, 2017- A federal court in Washington today blocked the Trump administration from implementing the president's directive banning transgender service members from continuing to serve in the military.
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ACLU Files Supreme Court Brief Arguing That Public Businesses Cannot Discriminate Against Customers Based on Who They Ar

ACLU Files Supreme Court Brief Arguing That Public Businesses Cannot Discriminate Against Customers Based on Who They Ar
WASHINGTON - October 23, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union filed its brief today in the Supreme Court in a case in which a Colorado bakery refused service to a same-sex couple seeking a cake for their wedding reception.
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ACLU of Pennsylvania Denounces State Senate Ploy to Harm Transgender Youth in CHIP Renewal Bill

ACLU of Pennsylvania Denounces State Senate Ploy to Harm Transgender Youth in CHIP Renewal Bill
HARRISBURG, Pa. - October 25, 2017 - A bill to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, through 2019 has drawn scorn from civil rights advocates after a committee of the Pennsylvania Senate amended it last week to also prohibit insurance coverage of healthcare related to gender transition for transgender people in the program.
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ACLU Statement on DOJ Rescinding Title VII Protections for Transgender Workers

ACLU Statement on DOJ Rescinding Title VII Protections for Transgender Workers
WASHINGTON - October 5, 2017 - Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed a federal government policy yesterday that clarified that transgender people are protected from sex discrimination in the workplace under Title VII.
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ACLU Takes Legal Action Defending Rights of Maryland Transgender Students

ACLU Takes Legal Action Defending Rights of Maryland Transgender Students
BALTIMORE - October 20, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion today to defend a Maryland school board's policies that prevent discrimination, harassment, and stigmatization of transgender and gender nonconforming students in the school system. The policies ensure that transgender students can, among other things, use school facilities in accordance with their gender identity.
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Business, Civil Rights, and Legal Voices File Briefs in Supreme Court, Defending Rights of Same-Sex Couple

Business, Civil Rights, and Legal Voices File Briefs in Supreme Court, Defending Rights of Same-Sex Couple
WASHINGTON - October 30, 2017 - Individuals and institutions from across the country representing a diverse cross-section of interests, perspectives, and concerns filed friend-of-court briefs today with the Supreme Court in support of Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a same-sex couple refused service by a Colorado bakery that claimed that selling them a wedding cake would violate the owner's religious beliefs and artistic freedom.
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Ten Montanans Join ACLU of Montana Lawsuit Challenging Anti-LGBTQ I-183 as Unconstitutional

Ten Montanans Join ACLU of Montana Lawsuit Challenging Anti-LGBTQ I-183 as Unconstitutional
HELENA, MT - October 19, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana announced a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the anti-LGBTQ I-183. The ballot initiative seeks to prevent transgender and gender-nonconforming Montanans from using public facilities that correspond with their gender identity by restricting access to public facilities in public spaces, such as libraries, parks, and schools. I-183 would bar trans Montanans from full and equal participation in public life and nullify many of their constitutional rights.
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Washington State Parent Sues Employer for Denying Insurance Coverage to Transgender Son

Washington State Parent Sues Employer for Denying Insurance Coverage to Transgender Son
SEATTLE - October 5, 2017 - The ACLU of Washington filed a civil rights lawsuit today against PeaceHealth, a Catholic healthcare organization, on behalf of Cheryl Enstad and her teenage son, Pax, for denying coverage under its health benefits plan for medically necessary surgery to Pax simply because of who he is. The suit says that PeaceHealth's policy of refusing to cover medical care required by transgender people is discrimination and violates federal and state law.
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October, 2017

ACLU Comment on Justice Department Position in Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS Case

ACLU Comment on Justice Department Position in Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS Case
WASHINGTON - September 7, 2017 - The Justice Department filed a brief today with the Supreme Court arguing that businesses that are open to the public have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBT people.
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ACLU Mourns Edie Windsor

ACLU Mourns Edie Windsor
NEW YORK - September 12, 2017 - Edith Windsor, whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88.
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ACLU Seeks Immediate Halt to Trump's Transgender Service Member Ban

ACLU Seeks Immediate Halt to Trump's Transgender Service Member Ban
BALTIMORE - September 14, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP today asked a judge to immediately halt to the Trump administration's ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military while their lawsuit challenging the ban moves through the court system.
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National Ad Challenging Adoption Discrimination Laws Rejected by Fox News as "Too Powerful"

National Ad Challenging Adoption Discrimination Laws Rejected by Fox News as
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2017— As the American Civil Liberties Union announced the filing of a landmark lawsuit challenging LGBT adoption discrimination practices in Michigan, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) unveiled a national ad and policy report underscoring the potential dangers that adoption-related religious exemption laws pose to children. The "Kids Pay the Price" ad, released in partnership with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), was targeted to debut on Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson Tonight, but was rejected by the network. MAP has released the 30-second spot online; the ad can be viewed at www.KidsPayThePrice.org.
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September, 2017

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Transgender Service Member Ban

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging  Trump's Transgender Service Member Ban
MARYLAND - August 28, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union and Covington & Burling LLP today filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration challenging the president's directive banning transgender service members from continuing to serve in the military or receiving medically necessary health care, and banning men and women who are transgender from enlisting.
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ACLU Files Legal Action Moving Gavin Grimm Case Forward in District Court

ACLU Files Legal Action Moving Gavin Grimm Case Forward in District Court
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. - August 11, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed papers ending Gavin Grimm's request for an immediate halt to the Gloucester County School Board's policy prohibiting him and other transgender students from using the common restrooms at school. The new filings clear the way for the ACLU to proceed with litigating Grimm's case in district court.
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ACLU Sues DC Metro Over Rejection of First Amendment Ad

ACLU Sues DC Metro Over Rejection of First Amendment Ad
WASHINGTON - August 9, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates in the District of Columbia and Virginia today challenged the Washington area transit system's advertising restrictions as violations of the First Amendment. The free speech lawsuit follows the rejection of ads from four groups that hail from across the political spectrum, images of which are here.
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Logo and ACLU Partner for the Premiere of Logo Documentary Films' "Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America"

Logo and ACLU Partner for the Premiere of Logo Documentary Films'
New York, NY, August 17, 2017 – The Emmy® Award-Winning Logo Documentary Films and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today announced a partnership to promote the broadcast premiere of Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America.  The documentary, which follows Moises Serrano, an undocumented immigrant and gay man born in Mexico and raised in North Carolina, fighting for the American dream, will premiere Friday, September 1 at 8PM ET/PT.
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Transgender to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change Community Discussion at PACA Aug 23

Transgender to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change Community Discussion at PACA Aug 23
The ACLU of Pennsylvania is looking to learn more about the issues facing members of the trans community. You are invited to brainstorm with us at Transgender to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change Community Discussion on Wednesday, August 23 from 6 to 8 PM at PACA, 1505 State St, Erie PA about what policy changes could make a real difference for trans people in Pennsylvania in 2017 and how we can work together to make these changes happen. Dinner provided for all attendees. Gift cards for the first 10 people who join us! Please RSVP to https://action.aclu.org/transgender-table-erie-pennsylvania
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August, 2017

ACLU and Lambda Legal Challenge Fake Repeal of North Carolina's Discriminatory HB 2

ACLU and Lambda Legal Challenge Fake Repeal of North Carolina's Discriminatory HB 2
RALEIGH - July 21, 2017– Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal announced they have taken steps to expand the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law HB 2 to include a challenge to its discriminatory replacement, HB 142, which left many of the harms caused by HB 2 in place.  The advocacy groups also added two LGBT North Carolinians to the case.  
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ACLU Comment on Justice Department Position on Civil Rights Act and LGBT Protections

ACLU Comment on Justice Department Position on Civil Rights Act and LGBT Protections
NEW YORK - July 26, 2017 - The Justice Department filed a brief today arguing that LGBT people are not protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
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ACLU Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Plans to Implement Trump Religious Exemptions Executive Order

ACLU Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Plans to Implement Trump Religious Exemptions Executive Order
NEW YORK - July 20, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against four federal agencies demanding documents from the Trump administration that provide clarity on how the administration plans to implement its 'religious freedom' executive order.
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ACLU of Kansas Statement on Potential Brownback Nomination

ACLU of Kansas Statement on Potential Brownback Nomination
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - July 26, 2017 - In response to President Trump's anticipated nomination of Gov. Sam Brownback as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, ACLU of Kansas Executive Director Micah Kubic made the following statement: "Today has been a dark day for the core American value of equality under the law. On the heels of President Trump's shameful attack on the military service of transgender Americans, it has been announced that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be nominated by the president as the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. Given Gov. Brownback's record of steadfast opposition to equal rights for LGBT Americans - and his wrong-headed insistence that discrimination is justified by religious belief - the nomination should be considered a further indication of the Trump Administration's approach to equality.
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ACLU of Montana Challenges Legal Sufficiency of Anti-LGBTQ Ballot Initiative

ACLU of Montana Challenges Legal Sufficiency of Anti-LGBTQ Ballot Initiative
HELENA, Mont. - JJuly 31, 2017 - The ACLU of Montana today challenged in the Montana Supreme Court the legal sufficiency of a proposed anti-LGBTQ ballot initiative, I-183. The petition argues that the ballot and fiscal impact statements fail to adequately explain the initiative's discriminatory impacts on transgender individuals and state and local budgets.
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ACLU Statement on Reintroduction of Do No Harm Act

ACLU Statement on Reintroduction of Do No Harm Act
WASHINGTON - July 13, 2017- Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), with the full support of the American Civil Liberties Union, reintroduced the Do No Harm Act in Congress today to ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) continues to protect religious freedom without being used to discriminate against  women, the LGBT community, and others.
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July, 2017

ACLU Comment on New Trump Guidance on Transgender Student Discrimination

ACLU Comment on New Trump Guidance on Transgender Student Discrimination
WASHINGTON - June 16, 2017 - The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued new guidance on handling cases of transgender student discrimination. James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & HIV Project, said: "The Trump administration's decision to revoke the guidance on Title IX and transgender students was a shameful move. That guidance provided clarity to schools, as well as to transgender students and their families.
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ACLU Statement on Nomination of Head of Civil Rights at Department of Justice

ACLU Statement on Nomination of Head of Civil Rights at Department of Justice
WASHINGTON - June 29 - President Trump nominated today Eric Dreiband to serve as the head of the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice. Jesselyn McCurdy, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, issued the following statement: "Dreiband has made a career going against women and LGBT rights. As a lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President George W. Bush, Dreiband testified before Congress against legislation that would prevent wage discrimination. As a private attorney, Dreiband represented organizations seeking religious exemptions to avoid providing contraceptive coverage for women in the workplace. He also argued on behalf of the University of North Carolina in support of a law that discriminates against trans people.
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Federal Appeals Court Lifts Injunction Blocking Anti-LGBT Law in Mississippi

Federal Appeals Court Lifts Injunction Blocking Anti-LGBT Law in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. - June 22, 2017 - A federal appeals court today overturned a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit, Barber v. Bryant, that had previously stopped an anti-LGBT law in Mississippi from taking effect.
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Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case About Cake Shop Refusing Service to Same-Sex Couple

Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case About Cake Shop Refusing Service to Same-Sex Couple
WASHINGTON - June 26, 2017 - The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals that found that a cake shop discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake. 
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June, 2017

ACLU of Texas Comment of Passage of Anti-LGBT Legislation

ACLU of Texas Comment of Passage of Anti-LGBT Legislation
AUSTIN, Texas - May 22, 2017- Over the weekend, the Texas Senate voted to pass House Bill 3859 (HB 3859), a bill that would allow child welfare caseworkers and state-funded child adoption and foster agencies to impose their personal religious beliefs on children in their care and disqualify LGBT families from the State-s foster and adoption system. The Texas House of Representatives added an amendment to Senate Bill 2078 (SB 2078) that discriminates against transgender children in public schools.
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Chelsea Manning, Legal Team Statements on Her Upcoming Release From Military Prison

Chelsea Manning, Legal Team Statements on Her Upcoming Release From Military Prison
NEW YORK - May 9, 2017 - Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from U.S. military prison next week after serving a seven-year sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians.
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National Leaders, Groups File Briefs at Fourth Circuit Supporting Gavin Grimm and Transgender Rights

National Leaders, Groups File Briefs at Fourth Circuit Supporting Gavin Grimm and Transgender Rights
WASHINGTON - May 16, 2017 - Individuals and institutions from across the country today filed friend-of-court briefs in support of Gavin Grimm, an 18-year-old Virginia high school student who is challenging his school board's refusal to allow him access to the boys' restroom because he is transgender. The briefs in the case, which is currently being considered by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, represent a diverse and extraordinary cross-section of interests, perspectives, and concerns.
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May, 2017

ACLU Promises Litigation on Today's Trump Executive Order

ACLU Promises Litigation on Today's Trump Executive Order
NEW YORK - May 4, 2017 - President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that would allow religious organizations to endorse political candidates and expand participation in politics. The executive order signed today also enables private employers to use religion as a pretext to deny reproductive health care to their employees.
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ACLU Statement on Reports of Impending 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order

ACLU Statement on Reports of Impending 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order
NEW YORK - May 2, 2017 - Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will sign an executive order later this week that creates religious exemptions which open the door to discrimination: "The ACLU fights every day to defend religious freedom, but religious freedom does not mean the right to discriminate against or harm others. If President Trump signs an executive order that attempts to provide a license to discriminate against women or LGBT people, we will see him in court."
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ACLU Statement on So-Called 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order

ACLU Statement on So-Called 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order
NEW YORK - May 4, 2017- After careful review of the executive order covering the Johnson Amendment signed by President Trump today, the American Civil Liberties Union has determined not to file a lawsuit at this time.
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ACLU Supports Introduction of LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

ACLU Supports Introduction of LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill
WASHINGTON May 2, 2017 - Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and more than 200 other members of Congress today introduced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal bill that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people and women. In addition to providing explicit nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people, the Equality Act fills gaps in our nation's civil rights laws for women and people of color.
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April, 2017

ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn 'Fake' Repeal of HB 2

ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn 'Fake' Repeal of HB 2
RALEIGH, N.C. - March 30, 2017 - The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law.
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March, 2017

ACLU Statement on Revoking of Title IX Guidance for Transgender Students & Impact on Gavin Grimm Supreme Court Case

ACLU Statement on Revoking of Title IX Guidance for Transgender Students & Impact on Gavin Grimm Supreme Court Case
NEW YORK - February 22, 2017 - The Trump administration today informed the Supreme Court that they are revoking guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice that clarified that transgender students are protected from sex discrimination by Title IX, the federal law that bars gender discrimination. The guidance, which was issued last May, reiterated the rights of transgender students to use restrooms and facilities consistent with their gender identity.
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Washington State Supreme Court Rules Florist Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple by Refusing Wedding-Related Service

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Florist Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple by Refusing Wedding-Related Service
OLYMPIA, Wash - February 16, 2017 - The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that a florist in Richland violated the state's anti-discrimination law when she denied service to a same-sex couple for their wedding.
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February, 2017

ACLU Acts to Block Court Order That Permits Discrimination Against Women, Transgender People Seeking Health Care

ACLU Acts to Block Court Order That Permits Discrimination Against Women, Transgender People Seeking Health Care
FORT WORTH, Texas - January 9, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to stay a nationwide court order preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in healthcare. The ACLU also asked the court to issue a formal ruling on its request to intervene in the lawsuit.
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ACLU Announces First Legal Action on Trump Conflicts of Interest, Lays Out Plan to Challenge Proposed Policies

ACLU Announces First Legal Action on Trump Conflicts of Interest, Lays Out Plan to Challenge Proposed Policies
NEW YORK - January 20, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union has taken legal action seeking documents on conflicts of interest and violations of the Constitution and federal law posed by President Trump's and his family's business interests. The organization also released a Seven-Point Plan laying out how it intends to challenge other Trump policies and protect the Constitution.
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ACLU Legal Director to Testify at Sessions' Confirmation Hearing

ACLU Legal Director to Testify at Sessions' Confirmation Hearing
WASHINGTON - January 9, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union announced that its new national legal director, David Cole, will testify at Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general on January 11. The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support or oppose nominees for federal office. As a result, the ACLU rarely testifies in confirmation hearings. However, the organization is taking the extraordinary step of testifying in this hearing because Sen. Sessions' record raises significant, serious questions about his hostility to civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU believes he must satisfactorily answer questions on these issues before a confirmation vote proceeds.
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President Obama Grants Commutation to Chelsea Manning

President Obama Grants Commutation to Chelsea Manning
WASHINGTON - January 17, 2017 - The Obama administration announced today the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning will reportedly be freed in May 2017.
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January, 2017

ACLU and Lambda Legal Comment on Expected Vote to Repeal HB2

ACLU and Lambda Legal Comment on Expected Vote to Repeal HB2
RALEIGH, N.C. - December 19, 2016 - In a move that could lead to the repeal of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, H.B. 2, the Charlotte City Council voted today to repeal its LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal today called on North Carolina legislative leaders to follow through and repeal H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from appropriate restrooms and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people. The law caused harm to transgender people across the state and cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue because of widespread opposition to the measure from both the general public and business community.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn North Carolina Lawmakers' Failure to Repeal H.B. 2

ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn North Carolina Lawmakers' Failure to Repeal H.B. 2
RALEIGH - Decmber 21, 2016 –The North Carolina legislature today convened for a special session where it failed to pass a bill repealing H.B. 2, the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law.
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ACLU And LGBT Groups Call on Obama to Grant Clemency to Chelsea Manning

ACLU And LGBT Groups Call on Obama to Grant Clemency to Chelsea Manning
WASHINGTON - December 5, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union and over a dozen LGBT groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information to the media to raise public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence.
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December, 2016

ACLU of Pennsylvania Urges Governor Wolf to Veto Police Secrecy Bill

ACLU of Pennsylvania Urges Governor Wolf to Veto Police Secrecy Bill
HARRISBURG (November 10) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania joined other civil rights advocates and clergy today at a press conference at the state capitol to call on Governor Tom Wolf to veto legislation to hide the identity of police officers who injure and kill people. If House Bill 1538 becomes law, public officials who identify police officers who injure or kill someone within 30 days of the incident could be charged criminally. Only district attorneys and the Attorney General are exempt from the gag order.
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Court Finds Minnesota Transgender Surgery Ban Unconstitutional

Court Finds Minnesota Transgender Surgery Ban Unconstitutional
ST. PAUL, Minn. - November 26, 2016 - A Minnesota district court ruled this week that transgender people on the state's Medical Assistance progam in Minnesota deserve access to medically necessary services related to gender transition.
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Over 340,000 Signatures Delivered to Congress Rejecting Discrimination in Defense Bill

Over 340,000 Signatures Delivered to Congress Rejecting Discrimination in Defense Bill
WASHINGTON - November 15, 2016- More than a dozen national organizations delivered over 342,000 petition signatures to Congress today in opposition to an amendment in the annual defense bill that would fund discrimination. The petitions were delivered to the Washington offices of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).
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Washington State Supreme Court Hears Case of Gay Couple Discriminated Against by Florist

Washington State Supreme Court Hears Case of Gay Couple Discriminated Against by Florist
BELLEVUE, Wash. - November 15, 2016 - The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case in which a florist refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding.
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November, 2016

ACLU Takes Legal Action to Protect Rights of Minnesota Transgender Student

ACLU Takes Legal Action to Protect Rights of Minnesota Transgender Student
St. Paul, MINN. - October 13, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the ACLU filed a motion yesterday to intervene on behalf of a transgender student in a lawsuit that seeks to bar trans students from using locker rooms consistent with the student's gender identity.
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ACLU, Lambda Legal File Brief to Protect All Transgender People Harmed by Discriminatory H.B. 2

ACLU, Lambda Legal File Brief to Protect All Transgender People Harmed by Discriminatory H.B. 2
RICHMOND, Va. - October 19, 2016 - In a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina law banning transgender people from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, LGBT rights groups yesterday asked a federal appeals court to broaden a preliminary injunction in order to protect all transgender people in the state from discrimination.
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Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case About School Policy Forcing Transgender Students to Use Separate Restrooms

Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case About School Policy Forcing Transgender Students to Use Separate Restrooms
WASHINGTON - October 28, 2016 - The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that found that federal anti-discrimination law protects the right of teenage boy who is transgender, to use the men's restrooms at his Virginia high school.
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October, 2016

ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on H.B. 2 Developments

ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on H.B. 2 Developments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - September 18, 2016– The ACLU and Lambda Legal today called on Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina legislative leaders to repeal H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from appropriate restrooms and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people. The two organizations issued the following statement in response to Gov. McCrory's and legislative leaders' demand that the City of Charlotte repeal its LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance as a precondition for the legislature considering the repeal of H.B. 2.
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ACLU and PA Institutional Law Project File Lawsuit on Behalf of Transgender Inmate Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted in Pris

ACLU and PA Institutional Law Project File Lawsuit on Behalf of Transgender Inmate Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted in Pris
PHILADELPHIA - September 26, 2016- The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Niara Burton, a transgender woman who has been incarcerated in seven different male prisons by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) over the past four years.  During her incarceration, Burton has been subjected to repeated sexual harassment and abuse, including being raped by another prisoner and forced by a guard to perform oral sex.  The lawsuit alleges that the DOC has failed to put policies and training in place to ensure the safety of transgender women inmates and asks that she be placed in a women's prison.
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ACLU Asks Supreme Court Not to Review Decision Protecting Transgender Student's Restroom Access

ACLU Asks Supreme Court Not to Review Decision Protecting Transgender Student's Restroom Access
WASHINGTON - September 13, 2016 - In a brief filed with the Supreme Court today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia argue that the Supreme Court should not step in to review a ruling that a local school board violated federal law when it denied a transgender boy access to restrooms consistent with his gender identity.
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ACLU Seeks Intervention in Lawsuit Targeting Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender People and Women

ACLU Seeks Intervention in Lawsuit Targeting Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender People and Women
FORT WORTH, Texas - September 16, 2016 — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to intervene in a case challenging a section of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits health care entities from discriminating based on race, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The lawsuit, Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell, was filed by a group of states and religiously affiliated health care organizations who are suing the federal government.
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ACLU Statement on Federal Solitary Confinement Reform Bill Just Introduced

ACLU Statement on Federal Solitary Confinement Reform Bill Just Introduced
WASHINGTON - September 28, 2016 - Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the Solitary Confinement Reform Act, which would require federal prisons to ensure that any period in solitary is as brief as possible and under the least restrictive conditions possible. It would also mandate that prisoners in solitary spend at least four hours per day outside their cells, have access to rehabilitative and educational programs, and be permitted to interact with other people in addition to other reforms. The legislation would protect youth, people with mental and physical disabilities, LGBT people, pregnant women, and other vulnerable populations from the harms of solitary confinement.
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Chelsea Manning Ends Hunger Strike; Government Agrees to Move Forward With Recommended Gender Affirming Surgery

Chelsea Manning Ends Hunger Strike; Government Agrees to Move Forward With Recommended Gender Affirming Surgery
LEAVENWORTH, Kan.- Sept. 13, 2016 - Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning ended her hunger strike today, having secured assurances from the Army that she will receive the medically prescribed treatment for her gender dysphoria. The treatment will begin with the surgery that was recommended by her psychologist in April.
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September, 2016

ACLU, Lambda Legal Seek Greater Relief for Transgender North Carolinians Harmed by H.B. 2

ACLU, Lambda Legal Seek Greater Relief for Transgender North Carolinians Harmed by H.B. 2
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - August 29, 2016 – LGBT rights groups challenging North Carolina's House Bill 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender, today announced they will appeal part of a Friday district court ruling in order to seek broader relief for all transgender people in North Carolina before the case heads to a full trial.
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District Court Hears Challenge to Federal Guidance Protecting Transgender Students and Employees

District Court Hears Challenge to Federal Guidance Protecting Transgender Students and Employees
(FORT WORTH, Texas - August 12, 2016) – Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations urged the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to reject an effort to block the Obama administration's interpretations of several federal laws pending trial in Texas v. United States, including federal guidance advising public school districts across the country that the federal Departments of Justice and Education believe that transgender students should be allowed to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Texas and 12 other states or governors or agencies of those states argued in court today for a preliminary injunction enjoining these federal agencies' interpretations from having any effect while the lawsuit proceeds.
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District Court Issues Injunction Against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

District Court Issues Injunction Against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students
FORT WORTH, Texas - August 22, 2016  – A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government's guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States.
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North Carolina Blocked From Enforcing Anti-Transgender Law Against Plaintiffs While Lawsuit Proceeds

North Carolina Blocked From Enforcing Anti-Transgender Law Against Plaintiffs While Lawsuit Proceeds
RALEIGH, N.C. - August 26, 2016 - A federal court today granted a request to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity, against three transgender individuals who are challenging the law in court. In granting the preliminary injunction, the court found that the challengers are likely to succeed in their argument that the law violates Title IX.
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August, 2016

ACLU of Iowa Files Civil Rights Complaint on Behalf of Transgender Corrections Employee

ACLU of Iowa Files Civil Rights Complaint on Behalf of Transgender Corrections Employee
DES MOINES, IA - July 21, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa today filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a long-time Iowa Department of Corrections nurse who was discriminated against because he is transgender. The complaint was co-filed with the ACLU and cooperating attorney Melissa Hasso with the Sherinian & Hasso Law Firm in West Des Moines.
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ACLU Praises Ruling to Uphold Contempt Order Against Kim Davis

ACLU Praises Ruling to Uphold Contempt Order Against Kim Davis
KENTUCKY - July 13, 2016 – A federal appeals courts today dismissed Kim Davis's appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis upheld the order that found Davis in contempt. 
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Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges, Indefinite Solitary Confinement Related to Suicide Attempt

Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges, Indefinite Solitary Confinement Related to Suicide Attempt
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - July 28, 2016 - Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life.
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Federal Court Hears Argument for Transgender Clients in Lawsuit Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

Federal Court Hears Argument for Transgender Clients in Lawsuit Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law
RALEIGH, N.C. - August 1, 2016 - A federal court today heard oral argument on a motion seeking an immediate halt to provisions of North Carolina's House Bill 2, the law that mandates discrimination against transgender people in single-sex facilities, among other things.
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LGBT Advocates and Scholars Applaud New California History-Social Science Framework

LGBT Advocates and Scholars Applaud New California History-Social Science Framework
Sacramento, CA - July 14, 2016 - The California State Board of Education announced today that it has adopted a new History-Social Science Framework. The Framework sets out guidelines for K-12 schools to implement content standards for history and social science instruction. Among the many changes made to the Framework, LGBT people and their contributions to California and US history are accurately represented for the first time. 
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LGBT Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System

LGBT Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System
(Wichita Falls, TX – July 28, 2016) – Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations late yesterday filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's guidance regarding public school districts' responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The lawsuit also targets guidance addressing transgender workers. The brief in Texas v. United States argues that many of the states and political jurisdictions joining the lawsuit are doing so improperly in order to avoid transgender-affirming rulings handed down by their federal circuits and that granting a nationwide injunction would be improper for this reason.
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Trump's Policy Proposals Violate Constitution

Trump's Policy Proposals Violate Constitution
NEW YORK - July 14, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union today released a constitutional analysis of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's policy proposals and vowed to challenge them in court should he win the presidency.
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Winning Plaintiff in Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case to Testify on Anti-LGBT Legislation Hearing

Winning Plaintiff in Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case to Testify on Anti-LGBT Legislation Hearing
WASHINGTON - July 11, 2016 - Jim Obergefell, former ACLU client and the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling, will testify today at a House hearing on a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, women, and others.
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July, 2016

ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn Failure to Repeal North Carolina's Anti-LGBT H.B. 2

ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn Failure to Repeal North Carolina's Anti-LGBT H.B. 2
RALEIGH - June 28, 2016 - Today, after draft legislation with proposed changes to the sweeping anti-LGBT measure, North Carolina House Bill 2, was released, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal—who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina—released the following statement "These proposed changes are no fix.  After rushing to enact H.B. 2 in a span of hours, this is the second attempt—the first was the governor's executive order—to clean up the extreme and discriminatory mess of H.B. 2. The only real solution is the full repeal of the law.
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ACLU Challenges Major Health System's Denial of Insurance for Transgender Employee

ACLU Challenges Major Health System's Denial of Insurance for Transgender Employee
SAN FRANCISCO - June 6, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit against the fifth largest health care system in the U.S., Dignity Health, because it denies transgender employees health insurance coverage for medically necessary transition-related health care.
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ACLU Statement in Response to Kentucky Prison Lifting Anti-LGBT Literature Rule

ACLU Statement in Response to Kentucky Prison Lifting Anti-LGBT Literature Rule
KENTUCKY- June 7, 2016 - The Kentucky Commissioner of Corrections has said that a minimum and medium security prison in West Liberty can no longer enforce a mail policy that prohibited prisoners from receiving books and magazines that "promote homosexuality." In just a four-month period in 2015, the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex (EKCC) used the policy 13 different times to confiscate mail including magazines like Out and The Advocate.
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ACLU Statement on Orlando Tragedy

ACLU Statement on Orlando Tragedy
NEW YORK - June 14, 2016 - ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said the following in response to the Orlando tragedy "The Orlando tragedy has shaken us all. At times like this, we must hold close to our core values. Only by doing so can we resist efforts to turn us against one another.
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ACLU Statement on Pentagon Lifting Its Transgender Service Ban

ACLU Statement on Pentagon Lifting Its Transgender Service Ban
WASHINGTON - June 30, 2016 - The Department of Defense announced today the lifting of its ban on transgender people openly serving in the military.
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Court Orders School Board to Let Transgender Student Gavin Grimm Use Same Restrooms as Other Boys

Court Orders School Board to Let Transgender Student Gavin Grimm Use Same Restrooms as Other Boys
RICHMOND, Va. - June 23, 2016 - A federal district court in Virginia today ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let Gavin Grimm use the same restrooms as other boys at his school. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia brought the lawsuit on behalf of Grimm, arguing that the school board’s policy, which segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use “alternative, private” restroom facilities, violates the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools.
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Judge Strikes Down Anti-LGBT Bill in Mississippi Hours Before It Becomes Law

Judge Strikes Down Anti-LGBT Bill in Mississippi Hours Before It Becomes Law
JACKSON, Miss. - July 1, 2016  – In the early hours of the morning, a federal judge struck down the entirety of an anti-LGBT measure that was slated to become law today. The law would have allowed public officials and businesses to refuse to serve LGBT individuals. The ACLU and the ACLU of Mississippi challenged the constitutionality of HB1523 in a separate lawsuit, Alford v. Moulder.
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North Carolina Asks Court to Keep Anti-Transgender Provisions of HB2 in Effect

North Carolina Asks Court to Keep Anti-Transgender Provisions of HB2 in Effect
RALEIGH, N.C. - June 10, 2016 - In court documents filed yesterday, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina system argued that the state’s law banning transgender people from public restrooms matching their gender identity should remain in effect while a legal challenge proceeds in federal court. The law, House Bill 2, also removes legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and others.
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Over 100 Members of Congress Urge Court to Bar Employment Discrimination Against LGBT People

Over 100 Members of Congress Urge Court to Bar Employment Discrimination Against LGBT People
NEW YORK - June 29, 2016 - More than 100 members of Congress Tuesday night urged a federal appeals court to hold that employers cannot discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.
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Over 70 Groups Urge Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBT Legislation Scheduled a Month After Orlando Shooting

Over 70 Groups Urge Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBT Legislation Scheduled a Month After Orlando Shooting
WASHINGTON - July 6, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union and over 70 national, state and local groups sent a letter today to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) urging him to cancel a hearing on a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, women, and others.
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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh Pledges to Fight North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh Pledges to Fight North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law
RALEIGH, N.C. - June 15, 2016 -American singer-songwriter and former Eagles' guitarist Joe Walsh announced he will give a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming shows in North Carolina to the American Civil Liberties Union to support its lawsuit fighting the state's anti-LGBT law. The law, House Bill 2, removes protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
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June, 2016

ACLU and Lambda Legal Ask Court to Block Enforcement of North Carolina's Anti-Transgender Law

ACLU and Lambda Legal Ask Court to Block Enforcement of North Carolina's Anti-Transgender Law
RALEIGH, N.C. - May 16, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to order an immediate halt to enforcement of a North Carolina law that targets transgender people for discrimination in single-sex facilities.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on North Carolina's Lawsuit Against Federal Government

ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on North Carolina's Lawsuit Against Federal Government
RALEIGH, N.C. May 9, 2016 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice that asks a federal court to determine that House Bill 2, the discriminatory law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity, does not violate civil rights laws.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Support DOJ Lawsuit Against NCa Anti-LGBT Bill

ACLU and Lambda Legal Support DOJ Lawsuit Against NCa Anti-LGBT Bill
RALEIGH, N.C. - May 9, 2016 - The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory challenging House Bill 2, a law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
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ACLU Comment on HHS Rule Implementing Nondiscrimination Provision of the Affordable Care Act

ACLU Comment on HHS Rule Implementing Nondiscrimination Provision of the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON - May 13, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would, among other aspects, prohibit sex discrimination for patients seeking health care. 
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ACLU Comment on Lawsuit Filed by 11 States Challenging Obama Administration Transgender Guidance

ACLU Comment on Lawsuit Filed by 11 States Challenging Obama Administration Transgender Guidance
NEW YORK - May 25, 2016 - Eleven states have announced legal action against the Obama administration following the release of guidance on how schools treat transgender students.
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ACLU of Illinois Intervenes in Lawsuit against the Federal Gov on Behalf of Transgender Students

ACLU of Illinois Intervenes in Lawsuit against the Federal Gov on Behalf of Transgender Students
CHICAGO - May 26, 2016 - Student A, the young woman at the center of a very public debate in suburban Chicago about use of locker room facilities for students who are transgender, today joined with others to file a motion in federal district court to join the lawsuit filed by two anti-LGBT rights groups in early May.  She joined her parents, two other families with students (Student B and Student C) who are transgender in District 211, and a statewide group that works with LGBT youth.
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ACLU Sues to Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

ACLU Sues to Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law
JACKSON, Miss. - May 9, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals.
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ACLU Tells Military Appeals Court Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional

ACLU Tells Military Appeals Court Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - May 19, 2016- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned.
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Business Leaders Urge Washington Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling Against Florist Who Denied Service to Gay Couple

Business Leaders Urge Washington Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling Against Florist Who Denied Service to Gay Couple
WASHINGTON - May 6, 2016 - Fourteen businesses and four trade associations today submitted a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Washington Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that a Richland florist violated state anti-discrimination laws by refusing to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding celebration. A list of some of the businesses and associations follows at the end of this announcement.
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Federal Appeals Court Denies Request for Review in Transgender Bathroom Case

Federal Appeals Court Denies Request for Review in Transgender Bathroom Case
RICHMOND, Va. - May 31, 2016 - The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will not rehear the case of a Gloucester County transgender high school student suing his school board over discriminatory bathroom policies.
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House Introduces Bill to Modify RFRA to Prevent Discrimination and Harm

House Introduces Bill to Modify RFRA to Prevent Discrimination and Harm
WASHINGTON - May 18, 2016- With support from the American Civil Liberties Union, Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) today introduced the Do No Harm Act in Congress to ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not used in ways that result in discrimination and harm.
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Oklahoma Introduces Two Anti-Transgender Bills

Oklahoma Introduces Two Anti-Transgender Bills
OKLAHOMA CITY - May 20, 2016– After the Oklahoma Legislature filed two pieces of anti-transgender legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma issued the following statement:
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May, 2016

ACLU of Pennsylvania Applauds Governor Wolf for Expansion of Non-Discrimination Protections

ACLU of Pennsylvania Applauds Governor Wolf for Expansion of Non-Discrimination Protections
HARRISBURG (April 7) – Governor Tom Wolf today will sign executive orders to boost legal protections for gay and transgender workers in the business of the commonwealth, a move that drew praise from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
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ACLU Statement on NC Governor's Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination

ACLU Statement on NC Governor's Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination
RALEIGH - April 12, 2016 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) today issued an executive order that maintains House Bills 2's provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees.
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Colorado Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Bakery Who Turned Away Gay Couple

Colorado Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Bakery Who Turned Away Gay Couple
DENVER - April 25, 2016 – The Colorado State Supreme Court decided today to let stand an appellate court ruling that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law when it refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception.
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Federal Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Access Case

Federal Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Access Case
RICHMOND, Va. - April 19, 2016 – A federal court of appeals today ruled in favor of transgender male student Gavin Grimm in his challenge to Gloucester High School's discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use "alternative, private" facilities.
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Groups Challenging HB2 Respond to UNC Position on Discriminatory Law

Groups Challenging HB2 Respond to UNC Position on Discriminatory Law
RALEIGH - April 7, 2016 – The University of North Carolina system today announced that it has chosen to follow House Bill 2, a sweeping anti-LGBT law that would prevent transgender students, employees, and visitors from using the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
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NFL's Michael Sam: Video Statement on LGBT Rights and Fight in Missouri

NFL's Michael Sam: Video Statement on LGBT Rights and Fight in Missouri
April 20, 2016 - NFL star Michael Sam was on the ground in Missour today to fight an anti-LGBT bill that would authorize discrimination in the name of religion. The bill is up for a vote in committee and he joined hundreds of advocates and allies to call on the Missouri legislature to stop this harmful measure.
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Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Therapists to Discriminate Against LGBT People

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Therapists to Discriminate Against LGBT People
NASHVILLE - April 27, 2016 – Gov. Bill Haslam today signed SB 1556 into law, the measure that allows counselors to deny services to clients based on "sincerely held principles," with some limited exceptions. 
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Tens of Thousands Call for Repeal of North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law As Legislature Returns

Tens of Thousands Call for Repeal of North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law As Legislature Returns
RALEIGH, N.C. - April 25, 2016 - More than 150,000 signatures demanding the repeal of North Carolina's anti-LGBT House Bill 2 were delivered to the office of Gov. Pat McCrory today by a collection of civil rights, faith, business, and advocacy groups as the state legislature returns for the first time since it introduced and passed the law limiting legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in a one-day special session on March 23. Thousands of people are expected to rally for the discriminatory law's repeal outside the legislature throughout Monday.
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Three More Plaintiffs Join Lawsuit Against NC's Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law

Three More Plaintiffs Join Lawsuit Against NC's Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law
RALEIGH, N.C. - April 21, 2016 -The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina, joined by counsel from the law firm of Jenner & Block,  announced today that they have added three new plaintiffs - a transgender student and a married lesbian couple - to the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2.
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U.S. Justice Department: North Carolina's HB2 Violates Civil Rights Act

U.S. Justice Department: North Carolina's HB2 Violates Civil Rights Act
RALEIGH - May 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Justice today notified North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that HB 2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law that prevents transgender students, employees, and visitors from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, has placed the state in violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act.
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April, 2016

ACLU of Mississippi Responds to Governor Signing Anti-LGBT Discrimination Into Law

ACLU of Mississippi Responds to Governor Signing Anti-LGBT Discrimination Into Law
Jackson, Miss.April 5, 2016 - -Governor Phil Bryant has signed HB 1523 into law after rapid movement on the bill by the state House of Representatives. The law, which is set to go into effect in July, sanctions discrimination by individuals, businesses, religiously-affiliated organizations - including hospitals, schools, shelters and others -against LGBT people, single mothers, and vulnerable young people in Mississippi.  While no other state has passed a law like this, Mississippi also has the dubious distinction of being the first state to codify discrimination based on a religious belief or moral conviction that members of the LGBTQ community do not matter. Jennifer Riley-Collins, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, had the following reaction:
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ACLU Statement Regarding Pro-Discrimination Legislation Forced Out of the Missouri Senate After Record-Breaking Filibust

ACLU Statement Regarding Pro-Discrimination Legislation Forced Out of the Missouri Senate After Record-Breaking Filibust
March 9, 2016 - Jeffrey Mittman, Executive Director of ACLU of Missouri, issued the following statement regarding pro-discrimination legislation being forced out of the Missouri Senate: 
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ACLU-NC Denounces Passage of Most Extreme Anti-LGBT Bill in the Nation

ACLU-NC Denounces Passage of Most Extreme Anti-LGBT Bill in the Nation
RALEIGH - March 23, 2016 –  The North Carolina General Assembly today convened a $42,000 special session to introduce and pass House Bill 2, an unprecedented bill that overrides a recently passed LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, prevents local governments from enacting a range of nondiscrimination and employment policies, and jeopardizes billions of dollars in federal funds that North Carolina schools receive through Title IX.
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Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging NC's Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging NC's Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law
RALEIGH - March 28, 2016 - Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal, and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina, is on behalf of two transgender North Carolinians, Joaquín Carcaño, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, and Payton McGarry, a UNC-Greensboro student, and Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and North Carolina Central University law professor.
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Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General's Announcement on HB 2

Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General's Announcement on HB 2
RALEIGH - March 29, 2016 – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office "will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2, " the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week.
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March, 2016

Anti-LGBT Bills Defeated, But South Dakota, Others Show Love Has Not Won

Anti-LGBT Bills Defeated, But South Dakota, Others Show Love Has Not Won
February 11, 2016 - From ACLU: It's official: We're seeing a pattern of extremes emerge in the first legislative session following the national recognition of marriage equality.
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South Dakota Governor Vetoes Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Bill

South Dakota Governor Vetoes Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Bill
PIERRE, S.D. - March 1, 2016 – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon vetoed the nation's first discriminatory anti-transgender bathroom bill to pass a state legislature.
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South Dakota Legislates Discrimination, Passes Shameful Transgender Bathroom Panic Bill

South Dakota Legislates Discrimination, Passes Shameful Transgender Bathroom Panic Bill
Pierre, S.D. - February 16, 2016 – Today the South Dakota Senate voted to pass HB 1008, a bill that would single out and stigmatize South Dakota transgender students and force them to choose between isolated accommodations or those that do not correspond to their gender identity. The bill now heads to Governor Daugaard for veto consideration.
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February, 2016

ACLU of Indiana Statement on Senate Bill 344

ACLU of Indiana Statement on Senate Bill 344
Indianapolis- February 2, 2016 –Today lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly failed to allow a vote on a measure, Senate Bill 344, which while fundamentally flawed, would have opened the door for updating Indiana's civil rights law to protect Hoosiers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Alabama Chief Judge Efforts to Block Marriage Equality Barred by July Federal Court Order

Alabama Chief Judge Efforts to Block Marriage Equality Barred by July Federal Court Order
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - January 6, 2016 - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order today attempting to block the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodge.
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Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Virginia Case to Protect Transgender Student Under Title IX

Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Virginia Case to Protect Transgender Student Under Title IX
RICHMOND, Va. January 27, 2016 – The American Civil Liberties Union will appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today to argue that a policy in Gloucester, Virginia segregating transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use "alternative, private" restroom facilities violates federal non-discrimination laws and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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Victory: Wedding Venue Cannot Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Victory: Wedding Venue Cannot Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples
January 14, 2016 — The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court today affirmed that it is illegal for businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The New York Civil Liberties Union victory came in the case of Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy, who were turned away by the Albany wedding venue they chose after the venue owners found out that they were a same-sex couple.
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January, 2016

8 Principles That Will Stop Police Practices that Harm Women and LGBT People

8 Principles That Will Stop Police Practices that Harm Women and LGBT People
The numbers are startling. Two in three domestic violence survivors surveyed recently by the National Domestic Violence Hotline said that they were somewhat or extremely afraid to call the police again in the future, with many saying that they thought police would not believe them or would make things worse. One in four who had previously contacted police said they would not seek their assistance again for domestic violence. Advocates who work with survivors reported a similar lack of trust and confidence in police to the ACLU and its partners.
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ACLU Challenges Minnesota's Ban on Medicaid Coverage of Transition-Related Surgery

ACLU Challenges Minnesota's Ban on Medicaid Coverage of Transition-Related Surgery
ST. PAUL, Minn. - December 17, 2015- The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Minnesota filed a lawsuit today in Minnesota State Court to challenge the coverage ban on transition-related surgery for transgender people on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, the state's public insurance programs for low-income residents.
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ACLU Responds to Governor Matt Bevin's Executive Order Removing Clerks' Names from Marriage Licenses

ACLU Responds to Governor Matt Bevin's Executive Order Removing Clerks' Names from Marriage Licenses
LOUISVILLE - December 22, 2015 ­– Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order today removing county clerks' names from marriage licenses.
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December, 2015

ACLU of Pennsylvania Releases New App to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

ACLU of Pennsylvania Releases New App to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable
PHILADELPHIA - November 13, 2015 - The ACLU of Pennsylvania today launched Mobile Justice PA, a free smart phone app that allows Pennsylvanians to automatically record and upload cell phone videos of public interactions with law enforcement to the ACLU-PA. The same app is simultaneously being launched in 9 other states, including: Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington DC. The Mobile Justice App is already in use in California, Colorado, Missouri, New York, and Oregon.
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Chelsea Manning Responds to US Government Move to Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Health Care for Gender Dysphoria

Chelsea Manning Responds to US Government Move to Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Health Care for Gender Dysphoria
November 13, 2015 - The Department of Justice has filed a brief In Chelsea Manning's case against the United States government challenging her request to grow her hair beyond the two inches allowed by military regulation. The government's brief argues, among others things, that withholding this treatment is for Chelsea's own good to protect her from alleged assaults if she is permitted to further feminize in accordance with her medical needs.
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Rowan County Couples Point to Governor's Admission He Lacks Authority To Declare Altered Licenses Valid

Rowan County Couples Point to Governor's Admission He Lacks Authority To Declare Altered Licenses Valid
NEW YORK - November 20, 2015 – Couples from Rowan County, Kentucky today filed a brief in U.S. District Court supporting their prior assertion that the Rowan County clerk's office failed to comply with orders directing deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses without interference by Clerk Kim Davis.
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November, 2015

Department of Education stands with high school student who is transgender

Department of Education stands with high school student who is transgender
CHICAGO - November 2, 2015 – Despite efforts by the school district to justify their behavior, the United States Department of Education today issued a landmark ruling recognizing that Palatine High School District 211 is discriminating against a female student on the basis of her sex. The Department issued its findings after a lengthy investigation concluding that the District is in violation of federal law for denying a student access to a gender-appropriate locker room for changing clothes, simply because the student is transgender. Despite protestations from the District over the past two weeks, the Department today made clear that the school is engaging in harmful discrimination.
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Houston Fails to Affirm Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Houston Fails to Affirm Non-Discrimination Ordinance
NEW YORK - November 4, 2015 -Houston voters last night failed to affirm an ordinance that would have secured much-needed protections from discrimination for the people of the fourth largest city in the country.
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Transgender Student Asks Appeals Court to Stop Virginia School's Discriminatory Restroom Policy

Transgender Student Asks Appeals Court to Stop Virginia School's Discriminatory Restroom Policy
RICHMOND, Va. - October 21, 2015 – Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student in Gloucester County, Virginia, today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to stop his school district from enforcing a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities.
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October, 2015

ACLU Asserts Rowan County Clerk's Office Failed to Comply with Prior Orders from District Court

ACLU Asserts Rowan County Clerk's Office Failed to Comply with Prior Orders from District Court
NEW YORK - September 21, 2015 - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion in Kentucky District Court asserting that the Rowan County clerk's office has failed to comply with orders that directed deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses without interference by Clerk Kim Davis.
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Illinois Bed & Breakfast Violated Law in Denying Gay Couple Use of Facility for Civil Union Ceremony

Illinois Bed & Breakfast Violated Law in Denying Gay Couple Use of Facility for Civil Union Ceremony
CHICAGO - September 17, 2015 -- In a decision that has broad implications for how Illinois will protect LGBT persons seeking services from businesses offering their services to the public, the Illinois Human Rights Commission today ruled in favor of a downstate same-sex couple denied access to a bed & breakfast to hold their civil union ceremony after civil unions became available in 2011. The Commission found that the denial of use of the facilities was based on their sexual orientation in violation of Illinois law.
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Lead Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff Jim Obergefell Writes Open Letter to Defiant Clerk Kim Davis

Lead Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff Jim Obergefell Writes Open Letter to Defiant Clerk Kim Davis
NEW YORK - September 30, 2015 – Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that established nationwide marriage equality today authored an open letter to defiant Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who refuses to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, citing religious objections to same-sex couples.
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Military Officials Deny Chelsea Manning Clinically Recommended Treatment for Gender Dysphoria

Military Officials Deny Chelsea Manning Clinically Recommended Treatment for Gender Dysphoria
Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. - September 18, 2015 - The United States military today issued another denial in response to Chelsea Manning's ongoing request for permission to follow female grooming standards – including growing her hair – while serving a 35 year prison sentence at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
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New Report Provides Recommendations to Address Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality Around the World

New Report Provides Recommendations to Address Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality Around the World
NEW YORK - September 21, 2015 - The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), of which the American Civil Liberties Union is a member, today released a report that addresses tensions between freedom of religion and equality rights and proposes resolutions to those tensions in three areas: LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and religious appearance.  
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U.S. District Court Rules Fired Transgender Woman Can Sue Former Employer For Sex Discrimination

U.S. District Court Rules Fired Transgender Woman Can Sue Former Employer For Sex Discrimination
NEW YORK- September 16, 2015 - A U.S. district court judge ruled yesterday that a transgender woman fired because of her gender transition may sue her former employer for sex discrimination under federal law.
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September, 2015

ACLU Comment on Chelsea Manning Prison 'Contraband' Guilty Verdict

ACLU Comment on Chelsea Manning Prison 'Contraband' Guilty Verdict
NEW YORK - August 19, 2015 - A closed disciplinary board at the military correctional facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, last night found Chelsea Manning guilty of four charges, including possessing prohibited material and disrespecting a prison officer.
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Court Denies Kentucky County Clerk's Request to Continue Refusing Marriage Licenses

Court Denies Kentucky County Clerk's Request to Continue Refusing Marriage Licenses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - August 26, 2015 – A federal appeals court today denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay on the order requiring that she issue marriage licenses to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.
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Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Four Rowan County Couples Denied Service by County Clerk

Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Four Rowan County Couples Denied Service by County Clerk
August 12, 2-15 - U.S. district judge David Bunning ruled today that four couples must be able to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County, holding that personal religious beliefs do not exempt government officials from performing the duties of public office.
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Masterpiece Cakeshop Violates Civil Rights Law for Turning Away Gay Couple, Court Rules

Masterpiece Cakeshop Violates Civil Rights Law for Turning Away Gay Couple, Court Rules
DENVER - August 13, 2015 – The Colorado Court of Appeals today ruled that a cake shop cannot refuse service to a gay couple because of who they are. The ruling comes on the heels of oral arguments from early July in a discrimination case brought by a same-sex couple against a cake shop that refused to sell them a cake for their wedding reception.
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U.S. District Court Holds Kentucky Clerk in Contempt for Refusing Marriage Licenses

U.S. District Court Holds Kentucky Clerk in Contempt for Refusing Marriage Licenses
ASHLAND, Ky. - September 3, 2015 – U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning today found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for violating a federal court order that required her to issue marriage licenses to couples in the case Miller v. Davis, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kentucky County Clerk's Request to Continue Refusing Marriage Licenses

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kentucky County Clerk's Request to Continue Refusing Marriage Licenses
NEW YORK - August 31, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied, without dissent, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis her request for a stay of an order from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that required her to issue marriage licenses immediately to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.
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Virginia Federal Court Rules Against Transgender Student Seeking to Use Appropriate Restroom at School

Virginia Federal Court Rules Against Transgender Student Seeking to Use Appropriate Restroom at School
NORFOLK, Va. - September 4, 2015 – A federal court in Virginia today ruled against a transgender male student who sought a preliminary injunction to resume using the boys' restrooms at Gloucester High School when school begins this fall. Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar's order keeps in place a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilitie
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August, 2015

ACLU Comment on Introduction of the Equality Act in Congress

ACLU Comment on Introduction of the Equality Act in Congress
WASHINGTON - July 23, 2015 — Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Cory Booker and U.S. Representative David Cicilline introduced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal bill that will prohibit discrimination against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. This legislation fills gaps in America's civil rights laws, and is fully in keeping with a commitment to equal treatment under the law for all.
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ACLU Comment on Senate Vote on Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT Students

ACLU Comment on Senate Vote on Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT Students
WASHINGTON - July 14, 2015 - The U.S. Senate today voted on an amendment — the Student Non-Discrimination Act — to explicitly protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in public schools across the country. While the amendment, which was offered by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), fell short of the required 60-vote threshold, it garnered the support of 52 senators, including seven Republicans.
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ACLU of Kentucky Comment on Hearing in Rowan County Marriage Refusals Case

ACLU of Kentucky Comment on Hearing in Rowan County Marriage Refusals Case
ASHLAND - July 13, 2015 – U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning heard testimony today in the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky's lawsuit against Rowan County and Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to any eligible couple, in an attempt to keep same-gender couples from obtaining them.
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Court Hears Arguments Brought by Gay Couple Turned Away at Masterpiece Cakeshop

Court Hears Arguments Brought by Gay Couple Turned Away at Masterpiece Cakeshop
DENVER - July 7, 2015 – The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today in a discrimination case brought by a same-sex couple against a cake shop that refused to sell them a cake for their wedding reception.
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Federal Court to Hear Arguments Brought by Same-Sex Mothers Seeking Recognition of Parentage Rights

Federal Court to Hear Arguments Brought by Same-Sex Mothers Seeking Recognition of Parentage Rights
SALT LAKE CITY - July 15, 2015 - A Utah federal court will hear arguments today in a case filed on behalf of a married same-sex couple seeking recognition as legal parents of their child. The ACLU of Utah and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in April 2015 to force the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics to recognize plaintiffs Angie and Kami Roe as parents to their daughter, Lucy.
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New EEOC Ruling Protects Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Employees

New EEOC Ruling Protects Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Employees
WASHINGTON - July 16, 2015 - The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today issued a decision that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination that is outlawed by existing federal law.
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Pentagon Announces Plan to Ease Ban on Transgender Service in U.S. Military

Pentagon Announces Plan to Ease Ban on Transgender Service in U.S. Military
WASHINGTON - July 13, 2015 – The Department of Defense today issued two directives that are expected to ease regulations that prohibit transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. military. Under current regulations, transgender people are automatically deemed medically unfit for duty and face separation from their unit if their gender identity is disclosed.
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Utah Federal Court Rules Same-Sex Mothers' Parentage Rights Must Be Recognized

Utah Federal Court Rules Same-Sex Mothers' Parentage Rights Must Be Recognized
SALT LAKE CITY - July 16, 2015 - A Utah federal court ruled Wednesday that the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics must recognize a same-sex married couple as legal parents of their child. The case was argued before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson whose ruling holds that the state must apply Utah's assisted reproduction parentage statute equally to same and different-sex spouses.
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Virginia Federal Court Signals That Transgender Student's Restroom Access Case is Likely to Proceed

Virginia Federal Court Signals That Transgender Student's Restroom Access Case is Likely to Proceed
NORFOLK, Va. - July 27, 2015 - A federal court in Virginia today heard arguments in the case of a transgender male student at Gloucester High School who seeks to use communal restrooms that match his gender identity. The case challenges a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities.
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July, 2015

ACLU of PA Statement on Marriage Equality Decision

ACLU of PA Statement on Marriage Equality Decision
PHILADELPHIA - June 26, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found that the federal Constitution protects same-sex couples' freedom to marry in all fifty States, D.C., and the U.S. territories.
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ACLU Sues Va. School Board for Discriminatory Transgender Restroom Policy

ACLU Sues Va. School Board for Discriminatory Transgender Restroom Policy
RICHMOND, Va. - June 11, 2015 – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities.
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DOJ Filing Supports Transgender Student's Right to Appropriate Restroom Facilities in ACLU Case

DOJ Filing Supports Transgender Student's Right to Appropriate Restroom Facilities in ACLU Case
WASHINGTON - June 30, 2015 – The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972.
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June, 2015

ACLU Lawsuit: Michigan ID Policy Exposes Transgender Men and Women to Risk of Harassment, Violence

ACLU Lawsuit: Michigan ID Policy Exposes Transgender Men and Women to Risk of Harassment, Violence
DETROIT - May 21, 2015 -The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan announced on Thursday that they have filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan Secretary of State challenging a department policy that makes it impossible for many transgender individuals to correct the gender on their driver's licenses and other forms of identification.
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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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April, 2015

ACLU Comment on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signing Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Bill into Law

ACLU Comment on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signing Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Bill into Law
INDIANAPOLIS - March 26, 2015 – Gov. Mike Pence today signed a bill into law that would allow anyone to use their religious beliefs to claim that they have a right to refuse to follow anti-discrimination protections and other laws.
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ACLU of Utah and Equality Utah Celebrate SB 296, Reject the Harmful Provisions of HB 322

ACLU of Utah and Equality Utah Celebrate SB 296, Reject the Harmful Provisions of HB 322
SALT LAKE CITY - March 12, 2015 – After seven years of consideration, last night Utah lawmakers passed SB 296, which modifies the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act to address discrimination and religious freedoms by including sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases for unequal treatment.
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ACLU of Utah Lauds Bill Providing Protections for Gay and Transgender Utahns

ACLU of Utah Lauds Bill Providing Protections for Gay and Transgender Utahns
SALT LAKE CITY - March 4, 2015 – A historic piece of legislation was introduced today that will provide long-needed, express protections for gay and transgender Utahns from discrimination in housing and employment.
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ACLU Statement on Proposed Amendments to Indiana RFRA

ACLU Statement on Proposed Amendments to Indiana RFRA
NEW YORK - April 2, 2015 – The ACLU has issued the following statement in response to the Indiana legislature proposing amendments to address the harmful effects of SB 101, a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill:
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Arkansas Gov. Rejects Indiana Copycat Bill and Signs New, Flawed RFRA into Law

Arkansas Gov. Rejects Indiana Copycat Bill and Signs New, Flawed RFRA into Law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark - April 2, 2015. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson today signed SB 975 into law, a revised bill that sought to improve upon Religious Freedom Restoration Act HB 1228, which closely resembled Indiana's controversial RFRA.
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Georgia RFRA Dies in Face of National Backlash

Georgia RFRA Dies in Face of National Backlash
NEW YORK - April 3, 2015 – Legislation that could have allowed businesses and individuals to use religion to discriminate failed Thursday night in Georgia following a national backlash to similar laws that passed in Indiana and Arkansas.
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Legal Teams Submit Proposal to U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Oral Argument in Marriage Cases

Legal Teams Submit Proposal to U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Oral Argument in Marriage Cases
WASHINGTON - March 17, 2015 –Counsel representing all plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits today submitted a proposal to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that argument time be divided equally among the cases from the four states.
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LGBT, Civil Rights Groups Urge Support for Fairness for All Hoosiers Act

LGBT, Civil Rights Groups Urge Support for Fairness for All Hoosiers Act
INDIANAPOLIS - March 30, 2015 – In an open letter to Gov. Mike Pence and leaders in the Indiana House and Senate, national LGBT and civil rights groups call on lawmakers to quickly enact legislation fixing SB 101, which could allow discrimination against gay and transgender people, and end the firestorm of protests that have engulfed the state.
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March, 2015

Animus on Display - Why Arkansas SB 202 Deserves a Veto

Animus on Display - Why Arkansas SB 202 Deserves a Veto
Little Rock, Ark. - February 21, 2015 – In response to the passage of SB 202 by the Arkansas legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following statement to Governor Asa Hutchinson:
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Kentucky Legal Team Files Brief at U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Marriage Bans for Same-Sex Couples

Kentucky Legal Team Files Brief at U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Marriage Bans for Same-Sex Couples
NEW YORK - February 27, 2015 – The American Civil Liberties Union, Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and Kentucky-based firms Clay Daniel Walton & Adams and the Fauver Law Office today filed their brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in two Kentucky cases that challenge the state's laws barring same-sex couples from marrying and barring the recognition of same-sex couples' marriages from out of state.
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NCLR and ACLU of Alabama Applaud President Obama's Support For Marriage Equality in Alabama

NCLR and ACLU of Alabama Applaud President Obama's Support For Marriage Equality in Alabama
(Washington, DC., February 10, 2015)—Today, in an interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama stated that he would welcome a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry in every state, stating: "It's time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else."
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February, 2015

Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
NEW YORK - January 16, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld bans in four states on the freedom to marry and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states. The Court granted review of petitions from all four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Today's announcement sets the stage for final resolution of the debate about marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide.
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January, 2015

ACLU Disappointed with Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Correction can Withhold Medically Necessary Surgery from Trans

ACLU Disappointed with Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Correction can Withhold Medically Necessary Surgery from Trans
NEW YORK - December 16, 2014 – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts today expressed deep disappointment with a ruling from the full First Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) to deny essential medical care recommended by its own physicians to transgender prisoner Michelle Kosilek.
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ACLU Files Federal Discrimination Complaint against Va. School Board for Bathroom Policy

ACLU Files Federal Discrimination Complaint against Va. School Board for Bathroom Policy
RICHMOND, Va. - December 19, 2014 – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education against Gloucester County Public Schools (GCPS) for adopting a bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from using the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers. The school board adopted the policy by a vote of 6-1 on December 9, 2014, despite warnings from the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia that the policy violates federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools.
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ACLU Lawsuit Seeks Recognition for High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club

ACLU Lawsuit Seeks Recognition for High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club
INDIANAPOLIS- December 23, 2014 — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit today on behalf of three students at North Putnam High School who have been denied the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club during non-instructional time at school, claiming the school's denial violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit is also brought on behalf of the GSA.
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ACLU Response to DOJ Guidance Reports

ACLU Response to DOJ Guidance Reports
WASHINGTON - December 5, 2014 — The Washington Post and other media outlets published articles tonight that highlight some details of what is included in the U.S. Department of Justice Guidance on the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
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FDA Fails to Adequately Address Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

FDA Fails to Adequately Address Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban
WASHINGTON - December 23, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a change in the current lifetime ban on blood donations from gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. The proposal would replace the lifetime ban with a one-year deferral, which would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.  The proposal would treat all sexual relationships between men the same way that heterosexual sex is treated when it involves a commercial sex worker or an individual who is known to be living with HIV.
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December, 2014

ACLU and Lambda Legal ask Supreme Court to Review Ohio Marriage Cases

ACLU and Lambda Legal ask Supreme Court to Review Ohio Marriage Cases
CINCINNATI - November 14, 2014 – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, Lambda Legal and private firm Gerhardstein & Branch filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ aberrant ruling upholding discriminatory bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ohio and three other states.
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ACLU Comment on DOL Final Rule Prohibiting Federal Contractors from LGBT Workplace Discrimination

ACLU Comment on DOL Final Rule Prohibiting Federal Contractors from LGBT Workplace Discrimination
WASHINGTON - December 3, 2014– This afternoon, the Department of Labor published a new rule to prohibit businesses that contract with the federal government from engaging in workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. 
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Missouri Joins 32 States and the District of Columbia that Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Missouri Joins 32 States and the District of Columbia that Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry
KANSAS CITY, MO - November 7, 2014 – U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled today that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses. This judgment strikes down Missouri's 2004 constitutional amendment that excluded gay men and lesbians from marriage allowing Missouri to join the 32 states and the District of Columbia that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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Montana Marriage Equality Victory

Montana Marriage Equality Victory
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - November 19, 2014 - In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage.
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November, 2014

ACLU of Arizona Celebrates Decision Striking Down State's Marriage Ban

ACLU of Arizona Celebrates Decision Striking Down State's Marriage Ban
PHOENIX - October 17, 2014 – The ACLU of Arizona is celebrating District Court Judge John W. Sedwick's ruling this morning finding the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional.
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ACLU Reaction to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturning Lower Court Decisions that had Struck Down Marriage Bans

ACLU Reaction to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturning Lower Court Decisions that had Struck Down Marriage Bans
NEW YORK- November 6, 2014– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today reversed the district court rulings of six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. In each of these states, a federal judge had ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples and all six rulings were appealed to the 6th Circuit. Today's ruling essentially upholds marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky and denies same sex couples the right to marry or have their marriages recognized in these states.
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October, 2014

ACLU Comment on Ninth Circuit Ruling for Marriage Equality

ACLU Comment on Ninth Circuit Ruling for Marriage Equality
NEW YORK- October 7, 2014 - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in favor of marriage equality, which is expected to bring the number of marriage equality states to 35 in short order.
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Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry
NEW YORK - October 6, 2014 – The Supreme Court of the United States today denied review in all of the marriage equality cases pending before it. As a result of the Court's action, same-sex couples in Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah will now be able to marry the partners they love. Today's orders also mean that same-sex marriage will soon become lawful in at least 30 states.
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March, 2009

GLBT equality legislation meeting in Erie PA

GLBT equality legislation meeting in Erie PA
On Sunday, February 8, about 30 people attended a meeting in Erie about passing GLBT equality legislation at the state level in Pennsylvania. The meeting had been convened by Steve Glassman, Chair of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Andy Hoover of the American Civil Liberties Union and Jake Kaskey, outreach coordinator for Equality Advocates of Pennsylvania. Much of the publicity for the meeting was via the GLBT Voter/Activist email list.
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