Welcome to Lambda Legal’s Marriage at the Supreme Court liveblog. We’ll be posting everything you need to know – exclusive messages from our team at the Supreme Court, updates from our social media feed, and exciting opportunities to join our campaign.
Today, Academy Award winner Julianne Moore joined thousands who have recently said “I DO” – pledging her support to Lambda Legal and the continuing fight for LGBT equality. Her new video, part of the “I DO” campaign, makes clear that the fight for LGBT equality will continue and new battles will emerge, even after the Supreme Court issues its ruling on the freedom to marry this June.
We are profoundly disappointed that Gov. Abbott has neglected to make a meaningful commitment to meet the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards set by the DOJ, and we applaud the Justice Department for demanding real commitment from Texas to use grant funds to actually enforce these standards.
Robert M. Gates, president of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, today announced that the national organization would no longer enforce its ban on local Boy Scout councils allowing gay men to join the organization and serve in leadership positions, noting that the organization could no longer “ignore the social, political, and judicial changes taking place in our country.”
President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing just finalized its report addressing the epidemic of police violence and discriminatory policing across the country. The White House also released recommendations yesterday by the President's Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group, which identified important first steps toward rolling back aspects of the militarization of policing. Lambda Legal was among seven LGBT and HIV advocacy organizations that formed a working group to develop recommendations to the President’s Task Force about how to effectively address the violence and discrimination that our communities face.
This week, seven gay or bisexual men were dragged through an ordeal in a Missouri courtroom—exposing to complete strangers the private details of their sex lives and attempting to justify the decisions they made to engage in unsafe sex with each other.