chklt_gay_100: Gay & Lesbian Rights
The fact that individuals define themselves in a significant way through their intimate sexual relationships with others suggests, in a Nation as diverse as ours, that there may be many right ways of conducting those relationships, and that much of the richness of a relationship will come from the freedom an individual has to choose the form and nature of these intensely personal bonds.

—Justice Harry A. Blackmun, dissenting in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)

The fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is a core civil liberties issue; it’s not about “special rights,” but simply the right of everyone in this country to be included in the promises and guarantees of the constitution. The ultimate goal of the ACLU’s LGBT rights work is an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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factsheet: Gay & Lesbian Rights

The fact that individuals define themselves in a significant way through their intimate sexual relationships with others suggests, in a Nation as diverse as ours, that there may be many right ways of conducting those relationships, and that much of the richness of a relationship will come from the freedom an individual has to choose the form and nature of these intensely personal bonds. For a quick overview of our work, click on the image to the left to download the ACLU-NJ Fact Sheet on LGBT Issues (300k PDF).

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