Alabama state Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in the state


MONTGOMERY—Today, the Alabama state Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. In the ruling, the Court granted an emergency petition by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses across the state. The order [...]

HRC to submit ‘People’s Brief’ with more than 200,000 signatories for marriage equality to the Supreme Court


WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented “The People’s Brief” in support of marriage equality. Authored by prominent lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who successfully defeated the key section [...]

Eric Holder appoints Benjamin Mizer as interim head of Civil Division at Justice Dept.

Benjamin C. Mizer

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that he has named Benjamin C. Mizer as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Mizer replaces Joyce R. Branda, who will return to her permanent role as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch.  Mizer and [...]

Eric Holder: Taking the side of equality

Eric Holder

Over the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide whether state restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. As the court considers that momentous question, the Department of Justice will make clear that our answer is an unequivocal “yes.” This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans [...]

Log Cabin Republicans receive recognition from state Republican Party


The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) have finally received recognition from the California Republican Party. The 38-year-old gay GOP group, that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received formal recognition with a 861-293 vote Sunday at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento. The Los Angeles Times reported that [...]

Nebraska suspends discriminatory policy that barred gay and lesbian couples from becoming foster parents


Today,  Nebraska child welfare officials moved to stop enforcing a two-decade-old policy barring gay and lesbian couples from obtaining state foster parent licenses. The change in procedure, according to a report in the Omaha World Herald, came quietly and was confirmed Friday by Gov. Pete Ricketts’ spokesman, who said that the sexual orientation of people [...]

Nebraska marriage ban struck down by Federal District Court

Joseph F. Bataillon

Today Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality, requiring all state officials to treat same-sex couples equally for the purposes of marriage effective March 9. In Waters v. Ricketts, the ACLU sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples, arguing last month that Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality [...]

As Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio gear up 2016 presidential campaign, HRC highlights their opposition to LGBT equality

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released comprehensive research reports on potential presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio that highlight their record opposing LGBT equality. The research document marks the Human Rights Campaign’s first effort to chronicle where potential 2016 presidential candidates stand on LGBT equality. The document, which will be hosted [...]

HRC on Jeb Bush: An ‘LGBT-friendly’ Republican should support marriage equality and discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans

Jeb Bush | Photo: Gage Skidmore

WASHINGTON – During the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week, some media reports have suggested that Jeb Bush is the “gay-friendly Republican” of the 2016 cycle – even during the same week he is scheduled to meet with anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins. The Human Rights Campaign’s Fred Sainz released the following statement: “At the [...]

More than 30 ‘religious freedom’ bills threaten jobs and economy in over a dozen states


WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign  issued an updated primer on a wave of more than 30 bills threatening LGBT equality in the guise of “religious freedom” across the country. In addition, HRC is specifically spotlighting the harm these bills will do to jobs and economic activity in the states where they are being [...]

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