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Businesses Unite Against Discrimination

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Open to All Campaign Signs Up 4,000 Businesses—and Counting

Leading companies and businesses of all sizes join forces against discrimination and say their doors are open to everyone on equal terms.

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe discrimination is wrong. They understand that our nation, our communities, and our organizations are stronger when we respect the human dignity of all people, and when e…

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It’s Time for a Federal Solution to LGBT Discrimination

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Shows Need for National Protection for LGBT People

Supreme Court ruling opens door to wave of new anti-LGBT laws in the states, makes federal action essential to protect LGBT families.

This piece was published by The Advocate. In the wake of last week’s inconclusive Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, here’s a prediction o…

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Winning Marriage Equality

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

How funders joined together to back a movement that fought for equality, and won

It’s not every day in a social justice movement when you can actually win and say that the job is done, but in the case of marriage equality, that’s exactly what happened.

This article was originally published in the Washington Monthly on June 22, 2016. On June 26, 2015, history was made when the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. This victory for social…

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Where Immigrant and LGBT Rights Meet

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Reflections on two overlapping social movements

Senior Director Matt Foreman shares lessons, challenges and opportunities at the intersection of two social justice movements.

This blog was originally published on the GCIR website, here. Tell us about how immigrant and refugee issues fit into the mission of your foundation. Our immigration work is rooted in our founders’ respect f…

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America is Ready for Marriage Equality

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

An interview with Matt Foreman

With the Supreme Court slated to issue its historic marriage equality decision this month, Haas, Jr. Fund senior program director Matt Foreman discusses the status of the movement for LGBT equality.

Matt Foreman is Senior Director of Gay and Immigrant Rights Programs with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. He recently discussed the status of the movement for marriage equality for same-sex couples in anticipa…

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A Year After Windsor

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Progress and pitfalls for gay rights

One year after the Windsor decision, let’s celebrate the tsunami of positive change we’ve seen. At the same time, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the finish line is still a long way off.

On the morning of June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively outlawed federal discrimination against same-sex married couples with its decision in United States v. Windsor. The decision was the culminati…

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