On May 7 the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for his consistent defiance of pro-marriage equality federal rulings in the state. Since January 2015, when Alabama's marriage ban was first struck down, Chief Justice Moore has used his position to block marriage equality at every juncture. Read more about Moore's suspension.
At a special meeting on May 4, the Oxford City Council voted 3-2 to repeal a discriminatory new anti-transgender ordinance, which would have prevented trans residents and visitors from using public restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity, and imposed a $500 fine or six months in jail on violators. Learn more about the repeal of this shameful ordinance.
The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBT people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels.
Despite a federal ruling striking down Alabama's discriminatory constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in early 2015, the Alabama state Supreme Court undermined federal law and ordered a halt to same-sex marriages. However, in a historic 5-4 ruling on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States found bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional—and that the fundamental right to marriage is a fundamental right for all. Learn more about the landmark decision here.
In an unprecedented effort to bring equality to Alabama, HRC launched Project One America, a comprehensive campaign to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.
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In 2014, HRC undertook the largest survey of its kind to date on the needs, experiences, and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Alabama
The results show that LGBT Alabamans are just like their friends and family members—living, working, volunteering, and going to church within their communities. However, LGBT people also face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at either the local or state level.