City aldermen in a small Mississippi town have denied a business license to a lesbian who wants to reopen a bar catering to the LGBT community. The SPLC is demanding that the board reverse its discriminatory decision or face a lawsuit.

Exodus International, one of the leading conversion therapy networks in the world, announced that it is shutting down after years of promoting a dangerous and discredited practice that claims to convert people from gay to straight. The SPLC today hailed the decision.

A federal court in California today heard arguments from SPLC attorneys challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Title 38 – statutes that prevent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from granting equal benefits to gay and lesbian veterans and their spouses.

Two pro-gun groups conspired with an anti-gay hate group to create political mailers that used a gay couple’s copyrighted engagement photo to attack candidates in the 2012 Colorado Republican primaries, according to an SPLC motion filed in federal court today.

Responding to complaints of pervasive anti-LGBT harassment at the Moss Point School District in Mississippi, the SPLC today demanded that school officials act to protect LGBT students or face a federal lawsuit. 

The SPLC asked a federal court today to block a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that bars the federal government from providing veterans’ benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

 

In a motion for summary judgment, the SPLC urged the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to declare as unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and two other statutes that prohibit the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit today accusing a New Jersey organization of consumer fraud for offering conversion therapy services – a dangerous and discredited practice that claims to convert people from gay to straight.

The Southern Poverty Law Center urged Illinois’ East Aurora School Board today not to bow to pressure from an anti-gay hate group by rescinding a policy protecting transgender and gender nonconforming students and employees from harassment and discrimination.

Hannah Bradley and her classmates simply wanted to raise awareness about anti-gay bullying at their high school. So on Oct. 11 – National Coming Out Day – the students wore name tags stating their orientation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center marked National Coming Out Day by filing a complaint today against a Chicago-area social worker who offers conversion therapy services – a dangerous and unethical practice that proponents claim can change a person’s sexual orientation.