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Emily Hecht-McGowan
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Emily Hecht-McGowan is the Director of Public Policy for Family Equality Council. She previously served as the Legal Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, where she assisted service members affected by “don’t ask, don’t tell” and related forms of discrimination. Prior to her time with SLDN, Emily was the Assistant Section Director for the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, where she spearheaded the ABA’s civil rights, human rights and social justice policy work. Emily holds a B.A. in history from American University and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law. She lives in Takoma Park, Md., with her wife Sharon and their daughter Sadie and their trusty beagle Ellie.

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A Responsibility to Those Who Come After

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:15 PM

Last Thursday my wife Sharon and I attended the White House 2013 Pride Reception. This was not only a moment of great privilege for us but was potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our daughter. At only 8 months old, Sadie will not remember much about the event, so we considered...

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There's No Place Like Home

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Currently, there are more than 400,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system, 104,000 of whom are available for adoption. Children end up in foster care for various reasons, but generally speaking, it's because something tragic has happened in their families of origin, such as abuse, neglect, homelessness or domestic...

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A Letter to My Baby Girl

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 9:56 PM

We have reached an incredibly historic moment in the movement for LGBT equality. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing two pivotal gay rights cases: on Proposition 8, the referendum that stripped away same-sex couples' right to marry in California, and the "Defense of Marriage" Act (DOMA),the law that requires...

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Protecting Our Families When They're Most Vulnerable

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:50 PM

This week we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the inclusion of our families in this important law. Since 1993 Americans have accessed benefits under FMLA over 100 million times, and we've worked hard as a community to make sure this protection extends...

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