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The National Center for Lesbian Rights Condemns Hawaii Governor's Veto Of Civil Unions Bill
A statement from Executive Director Kate Kendell
07.06.10—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) condemned Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle’s veto of a bill that would have allowed both same-sex and different-sex couples in Hawaii to protect their families by entering into civil unions.
State and National Civil Rights Groups Laud Maryland For Providing State Employee Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples
05.19.10—Heartened that the State of Maryland has taken an important step forward for the rights of all families, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Equality Maryland, the Maryland Black Family Alliance, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights today lauded the state Department of Budget and Management for its decision to make the Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program inclusive of same-sex couples who have valid marriages that were performed in other states.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds AAA South for Providing Equal Services to Same-Sex Couples
Business pledges family memberships to married same-sex couples after meeting with Equality Florida
07.23.09—Yesterday, famed auto club AAA South, the fourth largest AAA affiliate in the country, committed to recognizing all spouses, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, in company policies and services. The policy now allows married same-sex couples to receive spousal discounts under AAA’s Associate Membership program. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds AAA South for treating LGBT members equally and hails the advocacy work of Equality Florida, which brought the issue to the attention of AAA South.
Fresno Hospital Bars Lesbian From Visiting Partner And Giving Advice About Her Treatment
ACLU and NCLR Urge Hospital To Adopt Policies Respecting Same-Sex Relationships
06.15.09—After a lesbian was barred from visiting her partner and giving advice about her treatment at a Fresno hospital, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Lesbian Rights sent a letter to the hospital today urging that it adopt policy changes respecting same-sex relationships.
California Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partners
Today’s Ruling Permits Court of Appeal Decision Affirming Board of Equalization Rule to Stand
01.03.08 — Today, in a major victory for same-sex couples, the California Supreme Court denied a petition by county assessors seeking review of a California Court of Appeal decision affirming the validity of basic property tax protections for domestic partners.
NCLR, Lambda Legal, and Equality California Win Legal Victory in Case Challenging Basic Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partners
California Court of Appeal Affirms Trial Court Decision Rejecting Challenge to Board of Equalization Rule
10.03.07 — In a resounding victory, a California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the validity of a Board of Equalization rule that protects domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple’s home. California law has long provided this protection for surviving heterosexual spouses.
Union Changes Policy to Provide Equal Pension Benefits to Domestic Partners
After Two-Year Struggle, Gay Man Receives Deceased Partner's Pension Benefits
08.22.07 — Today, NCLR announced a victory on behalf of NCLR client Marvin Burrows, the surviving partner of William Swenor, in Burrows' two-year struggle to receive Swenor's pension benefits from the Industrial Employers and Distributors Association and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
NCLR, Lambda Legal, And Equality California Win Legal Victory For Domestic Partners
03.27.06 — Last week a Sacramento Superior Court judge upheld a Board of Equalization Rule protecting domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple's home. California law has long provided this protection for surviving spouses. In 2003, the Board of Equalization adopted a rule giving the same protection to registered domestic partners.
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Court of Appeals Rules Against Christian Legal Society, Denies Request to Reopen Challenge to University’s Non-discrimination Policy
A statement from NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter, Esq.
11.17.10—Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Christian Legal Society’s request to present additional evidence in Christian Legal Society v. Wu, a case challenging a California law school’s policy that student groups may not discriminate based on sexual orientation, religion, or other bases.