Our marriage victory unleashed a backlash.
After our 2015 marriage victory, we celebrated a huge moment in our collective march toward LGBTQ equality, inclusion, and dignity. But today, forces intent on eroding LGBTQ equality want to undermine the breadth and reach of that landmark decision, curtail our freedoms, and turn back decades of progress. Standing strong with our Anniversary Circle supporters, NCLR will not allow that. Period.
STANDING UP FOR CONVERSION THERAPY SURVIVORS
Katherine McCobb’s therapist told her that being a lesbian is unnatural and pathological and that he could make her straight. Katherine didn’t seek out therapy because of her sexual orientation but her therapist fixated on her lesbian identity and pressured her to change.
PROTECTING OUR VICTORIES
The effort to limit the full reach and power of Obergefell is well under way, including an unprecedented attempt to pass state laws that permit businesses to refuse services to LGBTQ customers or same-sex couples.
FIGHTING FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH
Emily—an 18-year-old transgender girl in Minnesota—had to leave home when she was 15 to escape her mother’s verbal and physical abuse. Emily became homeless—living with friends and extended relatives. But despite these huge challenges, she stayed in school, obtained health insurance, got her own apartment, and found a job. Sadly, that’s when her mother suddenly re-entered Emily’s life, filing a lawsuit to try to stop Emily from receiving transition-related care.
FIGHTING FOR FAMILIES
Earlier this year, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a devastating ruling, holding that Obergefell was only about the right to marry and does not require equal treatment of married same-sex parents. If it had been permitted to stand, the Arkansas decision likely would have been followed by other state courts, leading to a potential domino effect of decisions chipping away at marriage equality across conservative states.