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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Washington Supreme Court has granted a woman the opportunity to seek parental rights with a child she helped raise with her former partner.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

In February 2004 the ACLU announced an agreement settling a discrimination complaint filed by a gay man against a Seattle business that refused to print invitations to his wedding with his same-sex partner. Under the agreement, the business owner apologized for her actions and agreed to abide by Seattle’s anti-discrimination law in the future.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The ACLU welcomes the passage of legal protections for gays and lesbians against discrimination in employment, housing and other areas.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The ACLU has filed a suit challenging the dismissal of Margaret Witt, a much-decorated major and flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, on grounds that she has engaged in homosexual conduct.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The high court voted 5-4 to reverse the ruling of two previous courts, upholding the state's ban on marriage between couples of the same sex.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The federal Equal Access Act requires schools to give all noncurriculum-related student clubs – such as Gay-Straight Alliances - equal access to school facilities, regardless of the content of the speech in their meetings.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered the removal of misleading language in the ballot title for I-963, an initiative that would roll back state protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The challenge of the ballot title was filed by the ACLU and the Northwest Women’s Law Center.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Mount Vernon High School has opened its formerly all-female cheerleading squad to all students, regardless of gender, after the ACLU intervened on behalf of a male transgender student who was denied a full opportunity to participate.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in December 2008 rejected the government's request to reconsider its ruling that reinstated a lawsuit challenging the dismissal of Major Margaret Witt, a decorated U.S. Air Force flight nurse, on grounds that she engaged in homosexual conduct. The case was remanded to the U.S. District Court in Tacoma, with a trial scheduled for September 13, 2010 on the issue of whether Major Witt's presence in her unit is harmful to unit cohesion.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Trevor Gilmore, a senior at A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, has been selected to receive one of ten National ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Awards. For his work in starting the first Gay-Straight Alliance in Yakima, he is receiving a $4,000 college scholarship as part of a national ACLU program that recognizes youth who do exemplary work for civil liberties.

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