LGBT Rights

The rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people have been at the forefront of the legal and legislative agenda’s of the ACLU of Connecticut. We joined the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders to win the fight for same-sex marriage, which has been legal in Connecticut since 2008. In 2011 we helped win passage of a gender identity law that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgendered people in employment, housing, public education, accommodations and commercial transactions.

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A federal judge in Hartford has ruled that denying federal benefits to same-sex spouses under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, an opinion praised and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. Judge Vanessa Bryant, ruling in Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, found that “no conceivable rational basis exists” for […]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has joined five other organizations in a joint campaign urging Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to sign on as co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This campaign follows a successful campaign in […]

The General Assembly’s action to include “gender identity or expression” in the state statutes barring discrimination is welcome, says Andrew Schneider, executive director of the ACLU-CT. “This bill was high on our legislative agenda,” Schneider says. The General Assembly will not this year abolish the death penalty, which was on our agenda, nor insist on […]

The ACLU of Connecticut receives and responds to numerous letters and telephone calls from transgendered people and their families affected by “pervasive discrimination in virtually every aspect of life,” Staff Attorney David McGuire told a legislative committee March 21. For example, he said, this can happen when checking into a hotel, going to school, dining […]