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active cases

Victory! (California)

Doe v. Reed
In this case, anti-gay groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision ordering the release of the names of 138,000 people who signed petitions supporting a ballot initiative to repeal basic protections for same-sex couples in Washington State.


Victory! (California)
Represented by NCLR and the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Michael and Rich Butler, a San Jose couple, filed a lawsuit challenging the discriminatory policies of the for-profit websites and after these businesses refused to post their profile online solely because they are a same-sex couple.


Initial Victory! (California)

Christian Legal Society v. Kane
Like many public schools, the University of California - Hastings Law School permits law students to organize student groups that are eligible to apply for university funding for group-related events. To be recognized as an official student group, all student groups must abide by the Hastings' policy on nondiscrimination. In 2004, the Christian Legal Society (CLS) filed a lawsuit against Hastings alleging that the nondiscrimination policy violated the group's First Amendment right to discriminate against LGBT and non-Christian students.


Pending (Colombia)

Colombia Diversa, Expediente No. D-6362, Corte Constitucional de Colombia
The Constitutional Court of Colombia is deciding whether a Columbian law, la Ley 54 de 1990, defining "domestic partnership" as existing between a man and woman is contrary to fundamental rights guaranteed by the Colombian Constitution - most importantly, the right to equal protection of the law (Articulo 13).


Loss (U.S. Supreme Court)

Iqbal v. Ashcroft
NCLR has signed onto the amicus brief of "National Civil Rights Organizations" in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, now pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. Pakistani national Javaid Iqbal was arrested in New York as part of a post-September 11 dragnet by federal officials that targeted Arab men, among others. The U.S. detained Iqbal, subjecting him to beatings, frequent invasive body searches, and other forms of mistreatment, and often confiscated his Koran and forbade his participation in Friday prayers. The rights at issue in Iqbal are fundamental, and their infringement by the government poses a serious risk to the dignity and freedom of all. NCLR supports Iqbal, who advocates for the rejection of a heightened pleading standard in civil rights and civil liberties cases involving supervisory liability. The impact of such a pleading standard could close the courthouse doors to many civil rights plaintiffs. What the Supreme Court decides in Iqbal can affect future cases brought by LGBT people, especially with regard to how much information about an official’s involvement plaintiffs must include in their first filings with a court.


closed cases

Victory! (California)

Dykes on Bikes
NCLR, Oliver-Sabec, P.C., and Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP represented the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent in a lengthy action to register the name "Dykes on Bikes" with the U.S. Trademark and Patents Office (USPTO).


Victory! (Florida)

Jensen v. St. Augustine
NCLR, on behalf of Equality Florida and St. Augustine Pride Committee, won the right to fly rainbow flags over the historical Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida, for the 2005 Pride celebration.


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