In the 36 years that Lambda Legal has been fighting for equality,
I don’t think there has ever been a moment when so many
victories and opportunities are before us at the very same time
that we face such enormous challenges.
Lambda Legal is the leading national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil rights for LGBT people and people with HIV, and we have had an exceptional year. Our high-impact cases and educational programs continue to serve our mission by securing new and expanded legal protections and by amplifying our message in public forums.
John Paul Stevens is one of the nine justices who currently sit on
the Supreme Court. He clearly understands the role of judges in
America and has been on the majorities issuing important victories
for our communities, from Romer v. Evans to Lawrence v. Texas.
He is nearing retirement.
In 1986, I sat in the U.S. Supreme Court gallery when the Court
heard Bowers v. Hardwick, a challenge to Georgia’s sodomy law.
In a shamefully homophobic decision, the highest court in our
nation said it was perfectly legal to brand lesbians and gay men as
criminals. I was utterly devastated and vowed that we would do
everything in our power to ﬁght back.
Lambda Legal has created, with assistance from other organizations, a trifold brochure to let you know what your rights are under Washington's new domestic partnership law and to answer some common questions.
This publication explains some of the rights and responsibilities the law provides for domestic partners, the legal differences between registering as domestic partners and getting married, who can register and how
Lambda Legal recently took up a case on behalf of the Hudson
Valley, New York, LGBTQ Community Center, after its
application for a nonprofit property tax exemption was denied.
Although the center’s mission clearly entitles it to the exemption,
the city of Kingston did not see it that way. W