Talk:Homosexual rights advocacy

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For much of American history, indeed, for much of world history, homosexuality has been a taboo subject. Often, it has been considered a crime in itself. Yet today, millions of gay and lesbian Americans are not only open about their sexuality, they are campaigning for new laws which they say would grant them the same rights accorded to heterosexuals, including the right to marry and protection against discrimination. [1]

LGBT movements aim for political and cultural change. Sociologist Mary Bernstein writes: "For the lesbian and gay movement, then, cultural goals include (but are not limited to) challenging dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity, homophobia, and the primacy of the gendered heterosexual nuclear family (heteronormativity). Political goals include changing laws and policies in order to gain new rights, benefits, and protections from harm."[1] Bernstein emphasizes that activists seek both types of goals in both the civil and political spheres. [2]

Federal hate crimes laws don’t protect GLBT Americans — yet. [3]

  • "Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights"

Congress is poised to introduce federal legislation outlawing LGBT discrimination in the workplace. But we still need your help to persuade lawmakers. [4]

  • In a brief filed today with the California Supreme Court, attorneys representing same-sex couples, Equality California and Our Family Coalition urged the court to strike down as unconstitutional a law that bars same-sex couples from marriage. The couples and organizations are represented by lead counsel the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Heller Ehrman LLP, and the Law Office of David C. Codell.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas cheered the decision of the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee today to reject SB 959, a bill that would have banned gay people and most unmarried heterosexual couples who live together from adopting or serving as foster parents.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union cheered Representative John Conyers (D-MI) for introducing H.R.1000, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007. The bill would permit federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute local crimes in which the victim was selected due to the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
  • George Bach, a staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, will receive the Human Rights Alliance "Treasure Award" at the 13th Annual Human Rights Alliance Gay-la in Santa Fe on Saturday, March 17 at the Hotel Eldorado. Bach’s legal efforts have advanced the cause of civil rights in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.


Advance America

Alliance Defense Fund

Alliance for Marriage

The American Center for Law and Justice

American Family Association

Americans for Truth

Beyond Borders

Campaign for Children and Families

Canada Family Action Coalition

Center for Reclaiming America for Christ

Children's Protection & Advocacy Coalition (CPAC)

Christian Coalition of America

Citizens for Community Values

Concerned Women For America

The Dove Foundation

Dr. Laura

Eagle Forum

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Family Policy Network

Family Research Council

Focus on the Family

Free Congress Foundation

Free Market Foundation!

The Heritage Foundation

Jerry Falwell Ministries

Massachusetts Family Institute

Minnesota Family Council

Morality in Media

National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality

National Association to Protect Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The Oregon Family Council

Parents Television Council

Pennsylvania Family Institute


Republican National Committee

The Rutherford Institute

Take Back Maryland

Traditional Values Coalition

This morning we heard news that Senate Bill 2 (statewide anti-discrimination) and HB 2007 (would legally recognize same-sex relationships) will get hearings on Monday, April 9th at 5:30pm in the Oregon House Elections, Ethics and Rules Committee. [6]

  • Steve Stanton was fired by the Largo City Council because he was forced to announce that he was transgender and planning on transitioning to a female, the gender of which he was not physically born into, but that he was mentally born into. Not familiar with transgender issues? Go read up on the subject on Wikipedia. (Transgender, Gender Dysphoria)

legal issues

  • undue discrimination that occurs without a rational basis
So due discrimination can occur with a rational basis? RobS 10:41, 26 April 2007 (EDT)

The answer is in a state of constitutional flux, but the current answer is "probably" - for example, Kennedy in Lawrence specifically says that discriminating against gays by forbidding gay marriage is okay. I happen to disagree, but I'm here to tell you what the law is, not what I want it to be.-AmesGyo! 10:44, 26 April 2007 (EDT)


Why are we allowed to keep a four year old poll in the opposition section, but not a one week old poll in the support section? Maestro 18:03, 31 May 2007 (EDT)

Because it dares to suggest most people aren't that bothered about whether or not people are gay. That's fightin' talk round these parts... ;) --Robledo 18:07, 31 May 2007 (EDT)
  1. Bernstein, Mary (2002). Identities and Politics: Toward a Historical Understanding of the Lesbian and Gay Movement. Social Science History 26:3 (fall 2002).