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Ian Thompson

Obama Leaves Out Transgender Community in Inaugural Address

Comes Out as Transgender ) Although transgender people weren’t included in the inaugural address, the Obama administration has made a slew of advances for their rights, American Civil Liberties Union legislative representative Ian Thompson told TIME. Last year, the White House endorsed ...

Gay-rights groups ready backup plan in case marriage law survives

“Now that we are past this point, it absolutely makes sense for a re-introduction of the bill,” said Ian Thompson, a legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Striking while the iron is hot makes sense because we could get out of the gate with a really good ...

5 Cases Of Anti-Gay Workplace Discrimination That Won't Be Covered By ENDA

"People don't have a good understanding about the incredible breadth and scope of the existing exemption and the types of position that could fall under that if it becomes law, people like a janitor at a religious affiliated hospital," said Ian Thompson, a lobbyist with the American ...

Obama administration pushes for anti-discrimination bill's passage

Ian Thompson, a legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union, acknowledged that similar bills have died in the past, but said that this time could be different because of the strong support for equal rights among the American people. “I think [the Employment ...

Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin Now Going After Gay Troops

"Despite a totally open amendment process in which more than 100 amendments were approved, no senator offered a similar amendment to the Akin language," says Ian Thompson of the American Civil Liberties Union. The negotiations could be resolved as early as Tuesday evening. During the ...

Pentagon pressured to act on Nat'l Guard units denying gay benefits

“He responds directly to correspondence received.” Ian Thompson, legislative representative from the American Civil Liberties Union, said the letter from House Democrats demonstrates that continued withholding of benefits at national guard installations “cannot go unaddressed.” “The ...

ENDA strategist's remarks stir controversy Washington Blade America's Leading Gay News Source :

The Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign, of which we are a part, is a campaign singularly focused on passing ENDA, as it was created to do.” Ian Thompson, legislative representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, said his group is “proud” to take part in McTighe’s ...

3 things to watch during the ENDA markup Washington Blade America's Leading Gay News Source : W

Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union, said lawmakers should at least consider rethinking the idea of narrowing the religious exemption during the upcoming markup. “What we have seen over the past several months is an increasing array of voices ...

LGBT-inclusive education reform bill introduced in Senate

Ian Thompson, legislative representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, said his organization is “very pleased” Harkin included in ESEA reauthorization a piece of LGBT legislation the ACLU has long sought. “The fact that there is still no federal law – in the year 2013 – that ...

Why is job discrimination the last piece of the gay-rights puzzle?

That's because the federal government is about a decade behind American culture — another reason ENDA hasn't become law, said Ian Thompson, a legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union, who urged patience among supporters. “Particularly when you're dealing with ...

Gay rights groups press Obama for anti-discrimination order

"This is the single most important thing that President Obama can do on his own in his second term to eradicate discrimination from the workplace," said Ian Thompson, a legislative representative in the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Precedent exists for such a ...

More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON — The federal government will soon treat married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual couples when they file for bankruptcy, testify in court or visit family in prison. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was preparing to issue policies aimed at eliminating the distinction ...

ENDA Vote Is Just the Beginning

"Advocates have been working for nearly 40 years to pass these basic protections to ensure that all American workers, who stand side-by-side in the workplace and contribute with equal measure in their jobs, will stand on the same equal footing under the law," said Ian Thompson, an ...

Study Finds Housing Bias Against Same-Sex Couples : NPR

"This study's results are disturbing and confirm something we've all suspected but didn't have the firm data to prove — lesbian and gay couples are discriminated against when they look for places to live," said Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties ...

Gay lobby’s next target: Benefits in all 50 states

“We hope the administration will move as quickly as possible to ensure that married same-sex couples across the country receive the respect and recognition they deserve,” said Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union. Activists said they would push ...

Religious activist group says ENDA would discriminate against Christians

Parents: "There is nothing in ENDA that would require parents to alter their beliefs or what they teach their children about religion, homosexuality, marriage equality, et cetera," said Ian Thompson, an American Civil Liberties Union representative for LGBT issues. Business owners: ...

DownWithTyranny!: In Louisiana they know conscience when they see it, and LA's John Fleming thinks i...

" According to Chris Johnson's report: Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union, said "it is disappointing" the House panel approved "this dangerous amendment" as part of the defense authorization bill. "It is, quite frankly, puzzling why a majority ...

ENDA under review prior to April reintroduction

This process is underway with every piece of legislation.” Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union, also acknowledged the review process and said he welcomes changes that would provide stronger protections for LGBT people. “Prior to reintroduction ...

D.C. Week: Obama Offers Fix for ACA

"It is very encouraging to see such strong bipartisan support for reforming this antiquated law that blocks life-saving research," Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union -- which supported the measure -- said in a statement. "The federal ...

New Petition Launched to Support Treating All Married Military Personnel Equally

“We call on Governor Perry to reverse course and treat all Texas National Guard families equally.” “The swift action last month by the Defense Department was a tremendously important breakthrough for lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members, their spouses, and families,” said Ian ...

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