"It suffices for us to acknowledge that adults may choose to enter upon this relationship in the confines of their homes and their own private lives and still retain their dignity as free persons. When sexuality finds overt expression in intimate conduct with another person, the conduct can be but one element in a personal bond that is more enduring. The liberty protected by the Constitution allows homosexual persons the right to make this choice."
- Justice Anthony Kennedy, delivering the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
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One of the most prominent social issues in America today is the civil rights struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people. This is a very large issue because at its core, it is about a minority group of people trying to achieve equal treatment in the eyes of the law. To this point, society has failed in upholding the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment as it applies to the LGBT community.
The ACLU strongly believes that the guarantees of the Constitution must be upheld for every minority group, regardless of how they classify themselves. A person's sexual or gender identity in no way disqualifies them from the rights that so many other Americans take for granted on a daily basis. As such, the ACLU has been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for LGBT rights.