On October 25, 2006, in Lewis v. Harris, Lambda Legal won a declaration from the New Jersey Supreme Court that barring same-sex couples from the rights and benefits of marriage violated the constitutional promise of equality.
In your hand, dear reader, you hold the first
issue of Lambda Legal’s Impact magazine. Like
the Lambda Legal Update, which it’s replacing,
Impact will be published three times a year. It will
also feature the same frontline analysis of Lambda
Legal’s cases as well as in-depth coverage of
our educational efforts and public advocacy
campaigns. But that’s where the similarities end.
More and more LGBT people are coming out at work. No matter where you work or what you do, you'll feel more secure in your job if you know your rights. For more than three decades, workplace equality has been a top priority for Lambda Legal. We have created this tool kit to give you the information you need to help guide you through your work life.
An awareness of the fallibility of the legal system and the effects of bias on the courts has led Lambda Legal Defense
and Education Fund to oppose the death penalty as an irreversible and harsh misuse of government power.
Couples in South Carolina have been waiting a long time to marry and, based on the actions of state officials, have been forced to wait longer than couples who live in the other states in the Fourth Circuit. Because we know that these changes can be confusing, it is likely many families will have questions about what it all means.
The Supreme Court victory in United States v. Windsor striking down the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affirms that all loving and committed couples who are married deserve equal legal respect and treatment from the federal government. The demise of DOMA marks a turning point in how the United States government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs that are linked to being married.
See Further Guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The OPM has issued guidance on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections for same-sex spouses. The Office of Government Ethics has issued guidance for federal employees with same-sex spouses, OGE, LA-13-10: "Effect of the Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Executive Branch Ethics Program."
On September 17, 2013, the Department of Health & Human Services issued SHO # 13-006, guidance for State Health Officials and Medicaid Directors on implications of the Windsor ruling for Medicaid and the Children's Health Program (CHIP).