Through Legal Momentum's work in Sexuality and Family Rights, the orgainization seeks to promote women's autonomy, protect women's sexual and reproductive rights, and hold the government accountable for funding and promotion of policies that limit these rights, and harm women and girls.
Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: How Abstinence-Only Programs Harm Women and Girls (2008): This groundbreaking report exposes the political motivations behind ineffective abstinence-only programs. The report highlights the harm these programs cause to women and girls in particular.
Learn more about Legal Momentum's litigation in this area:
Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and MA v. Dept. of HHS - Determines the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Section 3 defines marriage as between one man and one woman. November 2011
Andersen v. King County - Considered the constitutionality of a state ban on same-sex marriage. July 2006
Baker v. Vermont - Determined whether denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated Vermont's marriage statutes and/or Vermont's Common Benefits Clause. December 1999
Bowers v. Hardwick - Determined the constitutionality of state anti-sodomy laws. June 1986
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale - Determined whether the Boy Scouts of America have a constitutional right to revoke the membership of a scout leader for being gay despite state law prohibiting such discrimination in places of public accommodation. June 2000
Cardona v. Shinseki - When denying veterans' benefits to a service member with a same-sex spouse, should such classifications should be treated with heightened scrutiny. April 2012
Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Profiles (PDF) (2006): Legal Momentum examines the origins and activities of four of the most well established networks of crisis pregnancy centers operating in the United States and internationally.
Federal Abstinence-Only Funding for Crisis Pregnancy Centers (PDF) (2006): Over the last decade, federal and state government funding for CPCs has expanded dramatically. In this report, Legal Momentum examines abstinence-only funding for these centers.
In 2007, Legal Momentum and NOW spearheaded a movement against funding for the Bush Administration's "Responsible Fatherhood" initiative. Many of the programs funded by the initiative provided training and education for women but not for men, a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination in any education program that receives federal funds. More >>