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ACLU – QNotes

A Commitment to the Queen City

Connie Vetter, QNotes 2020 Person of the Year

Since coming to Charlotte in 1993, Connie Vetter has served in nearly 20 community organizations in a board or committee member role, not to mention the countless times she has volunteered her skills as one of the city’s most recognizable LGBTQ attorneys.

To Vote is Power…If You Can Do It

How LGBTQ Organizations Have Mobilized the Community

Human rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung once said “Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.”

S.C. Couple to Get Day in Court

Carolinas News Notes

A U.S. District Court has denied an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of South Carolina and South Carolina Equality on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch.

Supreme Court takes action on trans military ban

Around the Country: Ruling will likely be temporarily stymied by lower courts in Maryland, Washington and California

The US Supreme Court announced today it would offer a temporary uphold of current U.S. president Donald Trump’s requested policy of a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military while lower courts continue to debate the case.

Anti-violence laws don’t protect gay couples

Around North Carolina: Non-co-habitating couples can’t request legal protection for battering

Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the state was left with an obscure law unlike any other in the the nation that prevents those in same-sex relationships and not sharing a residence from accessing protective orders for domestic violence.