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303 Conservatives File Historic Amicus Brief in Marriage Equality Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

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On Thursday evening, Project Right Side and former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman formally filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court involving four landmark cases slated to be heard on April 28 concerning government recognition of the freedom to marry. A total of 303 Republican, libertarian, conservative and center-right high-profile activists and government officials – including past presidential candidates, seven current and former governors, twenty-three current and former members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and amici from thirty-three states – signed onto the brief. The brief was authored by pro bono legal teams at WilmerHale led by Reg Brown, Seth Waxman, and Alan Schoenfeld and at Polsinelli led by Sean Gallagher.

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National Civil Rights & LGBT Organizations United in Opposition to Georgia’s License to Discriminate Bill

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The Georgia Senate is considering SB 129 this afternoon, a so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) that would make it legal for any individual or business in the state to discriminate against others – including LGBT people – and claim they can do so because of their religious beliefs. The GOP-led Senate is not allowing amendments to be offered – amendments which could have allowed for keeping the religious freedom component of the bill in place while carving out common sense protections to ensure the bill couldn’t be used to discriminate.

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TLDEF Condemns Kentucky Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces passage of a Kentucky Senate bill that singles out transgender students in that state for discrimination. Introduced by Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr.,SB 76 would bar transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they truly are as boys and girls. The State Senate approved the bill last Friday on a 27-9 vote and sent it to the Kentucky House of Representatives.

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TLDEF Responds to Indictment in the Killing of Islan Nettles

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to the announcement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that his office has indicted 24-year old James Dixon on first and second degree manslaughter and first degree assault charges for the August 17, 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman from Harlem.