Sodomy and Homophobia David Weigand could take it no longer. LGBT Rights. In , after more than two decades of support for lesbian and gay struggles, the American Civil Liberties Union established a national Lesbian and Gay Rights Project. One state even tried to fence lesbians and gay men out of the process used to pass laws. Denying lesbian and gay couples the right to wed not only deprives them of the social and spiritual significance of marriage; it has serious, often tragic, practical consequences. The ACLU believes that LGBT people, like everyone else, should have the freedom to build the kinds of personal, intimate relationships most meaningful to them without risking that their families will be disregarded or harmed by the state.
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Prior to the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Rights of the poor was another area that was expanded by the ACLU. United States ruling, which held that the government could not preemptively prohibit the publication of classified information and had to wait until after it was published to take action. Wise, 91, Dies; Former Director of A.
Burwell Case April 9, It also includes the rights to form social and political organizations, to socialize in bars and restaurants, to march or protest peacefully, to produce art with gay themes and to speak out publicly about LGBT issues. In coalition with other civil rights groups, we also lobby in Congress and support grassroots advocacy from local school boards to state legislatures. Gender Identity The ACLU fights for the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people in employment, schools, and public accommodations. The struggle for legal equality for LGBT people rests on several fundamental constitutional principles. For example, some courts say sodomy laws justify separating gay parents from their children. Some cities use sodomy laws to arrest gay people for talking with each other about sex, in conversations which parallel those heterosexuals have every day.