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Upcoming SCOTUS Vote - What Can You Do? 

The first hearing for Trump’s Supreme Court pick has been scheduled for September 4th.  The National Equality Action Team (NEAT) is organizing phone banks to make sure key Senators hear from voters who question Brett Kavanaugh's pattern of ruling against the values of the majority of Americans. 

These are some of the issues affecting the LGBTQ community that will most likely be heard by the US. Supreme Court in the near future: 

  • Marriage and families: SCOTUS could decide whether adoption agencies and…

1557: The LGBTQ Community Needs Your Help 

Join us in the fight to prevent discrimination in healthcare. The Administration has proposed a new interpretation of nondiscrimination provisions that would roll back protections of the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). This revision will likely affect the very communities the law protects, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, seniors, people whose primary language is not English, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals. 

It will affect people like 15-year…

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No To LGBTQ Adoption Discrimination 

A foster care and adoption #LicenseToDiscriminate measure was added into a health and human services funding bill in the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and passed by a vote of 29-23.  Named the Aderholt Amendment, it would protect foster care and adoption agencies that refuse services to LGBTQ and other couples based on their religious beliefs.  The amendment specifically says adoption agencies declining a child welfare service "based on sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions"

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CenterLink's Statement On The Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh For U.S. Supreme Court Justice 

Any nominee for the Supreme Court should have a demonstrated commitment to giving a fair hearing to the arguments of all Americans who come before them. These are some of the issues affecting the LGBTQ community that will most likely be heard by the US. Supreme Court in the near future:

  • Marriage and families: SCOTUS could decide whether adoption agencies and other businesses can legally discriminate against LGBTQ couples.
  • Reproductive rights: The Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade — and all…

#SaveSCOTUS 

By now, you have heard that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31.  His retirement has understandably provoked feelings of distress, anxiety, and anger among LGBTQ advocates.  Justice Kennedy authored four of the court's landmark opinions on the rights of same-sex couples, and often served as a crucial swing vote in cases impacting the LGBTQ community. 

Justice Kennedy’s legacy will remain – but the reality is that the American people should have a say in choosing his

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CenterLink's Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Ruling Statement 

Fort Lauderdale, June 4th, 2018 — In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case today, CenterLink Chief Executive Officer Lora L. Tucker released the following statement:

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  While the decision reversed the original ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, it did so on grounds that were unique to Masterpiece Cakeshop and this case, finding that the…

International Transgender Day Of Visibility 

International Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated every year on March 31st.  This year's theme is “Surviving, Thriving”. The theme acknowledges the number of major transgender achievements in the past 12 months. In an increasingly transphobic political climate, the community is not only surviving, they are thriving.  We must use this newfound visibility to mobilize against oppression. Speaking out, taking action, and educating others is critical. Center Action Network is proud to celebrate and honor

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HHS Religious Refusal: Lives Are At Stake 

Submit your comment to HHS before the March 27th deadline by clicking here.

This is your last call to join over 70,000 other people in telling the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a person should never have to worry about being denied health care based on who they are.  This isn't about politics. It's about saving lives. Under the new HHS rule, it’s not just doctors who would be allowed to discriminate against patients — nurses, receptionists, ambulance drivers, therapists, hospitals (and…

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The Funeral Home 

In December 2017, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was argued in front of the Supreme Court. The case involves a business—one that is open to the public—that refused to sell a cake to a same-sex couple.  A loss in Masterpiece would open the door to not only much wider ranging forms of discrimination, but also a much wider array of people facing discrimination—including people of color, women, LGBT people, minority faiths, people with disabilities, and more.  As we near the Court’s…

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An RX For Discrimination 

Today the Administration announced they will be overhauling the Health and Human Services (HHS) civil rights office as part of a broader plan that will allow health workers to refuse treatment to a patient based on religious or moral objections.

Existing refusal laws already allow health care providers to put their religious beliefs before patient care.  The proposed rule would expand those laws in harmful new ways.  The LGBTQ community as well as people of color, interracial couples, women, minority…

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