In what is believed to be a first in Alabama, a judge in Mobile County, Alabama has granted standard visitation rights to a lesbian mother without any overnight restriction on unmarried partners. 

As LGBT people continue making strides toward equality in the United States, hard-line U.S. religious-right groups that have spent decades demonizing them are focusing their attention – and propaganda – on a legal battle over the criminalization of LGBT sex in Belize, the outcome of which could affect criminal statutes in as many as a dozen other Caribbean countries, according to a SPLC report released today.

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to block sections of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law today, allowing an SPLC case challenging the law to continue and to potentially block a section of the law that allows police to act as immigration agents and demand an individual’s “papers.”

The SPLC praised Alabama’s top public school official for taking action today to ensure students are not blocked or discouraged from enrolling because they lack a Social Security number, a U.S. birth certificate or a parent with a state driver’s license.

A judge has denied a New Jersey organization’s motion to dismiss an SPLC lawsuit that accuses the group of consumer fraud for offering conversion therapy services – a dangerous and discredited practice that claims to convert people from gay to straight.

The SPLC and a coalition of civil rights groups announced today the filing of 28 open records requests to ensure a provision of Georgia’s anti-immigrant law is not being used by law enforcement to racially profile residents or to detain people solely to check immigration status.

To celebrate Mandela day The Civil Rights Memorial Center will be offering free admission all day as well as screening "Nelson Mandela: A Journey to Freedom" at noon. Visit the memorial, observe a moment of silence to reflect upon the life and legacy of Mr. Mandela and sign the Wall of Tolerance, making a public commitment to stand for the human dignity of every perso! The CRMC located at 400 Wshington Avenue in Montgomery, AL. Visit our Facebook page for updates.

The SPLC has reached an agreement to improve equal access to Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Head Start program, which had prevented impoverished Latino preschoolers from enrolling – a violation of federal laws and regulations. (en Español)

In an e-mail (pdf) to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Derek Black – the son of a former Alabama Klan leader who operates the world’s largest racist web forum – explains why he is renouncing the white nationalism he has promoted on his radio show. He now calls the ideology “principally flawed” and “an entrenched desire to preserve white power at the expense of others. (Continue to full post by Mark Potok...)

"Nearly 60 years after the murder of Emmett Till, the uncomfortable truth is that for some in this country, young men and boys of color are still considered disposable.