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Moments ago, the New Mexico Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that same-sex couples have an equal right to marry. In the case brought by NCLR, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of New Mexico, and New Mexico co-counsel, the court ruled that New Mexico’s Constitution requires that same-sex couples must be treated equally under [...]

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I have the great privilege to be in South Africa, the land of my birth, at the time of the passing of  former South African President, Tata Madiba Nelson Mandela. I was most honored to be able to place a Gay Flag of South Africa, together with its designer at memorial venues for Madiba. That [...]

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Lambda Legal Celebrates New Era of Equality in Illinois Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, allowing same-sex couples in Illinois to apply for marriage licenses starting June 1, 2014. In response to the historic signing, Jim Bennett, Regional Director Midwest Regional Office for Lambda Legal, issued the [...]

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Regional Elected Officials and LGBT LeadersAttend Grand Opening on November 20  SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Filling a long-overdue need to provide the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community more retirement options, Fountaingrove Lodge (, the nation’s first full-service LGBT retirement community to offer luxury living and continuing care services, will officially open this week. [...]

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Gay and lesbian honorees included openly amongst Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Today President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor to 16 new recipients.  The Medal  was awarded posthumously to Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, whose same-sex partners accepted in their honor. This was the 50th anniversary of the medal [...]

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  GAY U.S.A. the Movie, with Kristina Lapinski, the ‘lesbian filmmaker,’ famed amongst other antics, for tackling Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, at a Tea Party Debate, has released this magnificent video, poised to go viral, capturing a series of extraordinary historic seconds of love, across America, while delivering its imperative message. If it makes [...]

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Hawaii becomes next state to legalize same-sex marriage I was right!  I predicted Hawaii next and I lost my bet when Illinois seemed to beat out Hawaii . However now it seems Hawaii became the 15th state to allow same-sex couples to marry after the state Senate on Tuesday sent legislation to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s [...]

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Today, NCLR, along with our Idaho co-counsel Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham filed a federal lawsuit in Boise on behalf of four same-sex couples challenging Idaho’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The couples include university instructors, a [...]

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“Same-sex couples and their children can celebrate a new era of equality in the Land of Lincoln.  With the 5th most populous state in the union embracing the freedom to marry, we have moved much closer to bringing equality to all Americans.” (Springfield, IL, November 5, 2013) –  With a vote of 61-54, today the [...]

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Last week, NCLR filed a groundbreaking new federal lawsuit on behalf of four married same-sex couples in Tennessee, challenging Tennessee’s discriminatory laws that refuse to honor and respect their marriages. All of the couples in this case married when they lived in other states. When they moved to Tennessee, the state treated them as legal strangers, [...]

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