Double down for equality: A message from NCLR executive director Kate Kendall

Executive director, NCLR

A few weeks ago I alerted you to a special opportunity to support NCLR. OurMatching Gift Challenge is in full swing — a chance to have your gift matched dollar for dollar.

Things move fast around here. Since I last wrote, a number of things have changed for us and this country.

First, we helped a former student of Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Mississippi, file a complaint with local authorities after being sexually abused for three years by a teacher attempting to “cure” his sexual orientation.

Then, NCLR and co-counsel in our Utah case challenging the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. This was a landmark moment in our fight to win the freedom to marry.

On Monday, NCLR represented four couples in the Idaho marriage equality case in oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

Protecting kids. Marriage equality. Immigration rights. These are just a part of the ever-changing legal landscape we’re working on every day.

What hasn’t changed is our need for financial support to fight for LGBT people across the country.

That’s why I was so excited when a generous NCLR donor challenged us to raise $50,000 from our amazing network of supporters. She promised to match all contributions up to $50,000.

If we can hit the goal, that will mean a total of $100,000 for NCLR and all our work for equality and civil rights. But, right now, we’re only halfway there.

I hope that you’ll consider a special gift right now.

Whatever ever you can give — $25, $50 even $100 — will be doubled in value and will provide us with the financial backing to fund all of the work that we do.

Right now, anti-equality groups are pulling out all of the stops to halt our progress. Let’s not let them succeed.

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