Lambda Legal today announced it has filed papers with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida asking the court for a swift end to the harm and indignity that Florida same-sex spouses, like gay widowers Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, face when denied accurate death certificates that acknowledge they were married and recognize them as surviving spouses.
"The facts are indisputable: Deepika Avanti refused to rent to Tonya and Rachel Smith because they are a same-sex couple and Rachel is transgender. Discrimination based on what the neighbors might say is not just wrong, it is unlawful."
This national tragedy happened against the backdrop of anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping this country and we must not forget that in this time of grief. Unity and organized response in the face of hatred is what we owe the fallen and the grieving.
Lambda Legal filed a brief today in the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of Rowan Feldhaus, a transgender man whose petition to legally change his name to reflect his gender identity was denied by a trial court.
Today, Christopher Clark, Counsel and Young Adults, Teens and Children Program Strategist for Lambda Legal testified before the Chicago City Council’s Commission on Human Relations in support of an amendment striking a provision of the city’s Human Rights Ordinance that requires people to use public facilities in Chicago that match the sex marker on their government-issued identification.
Lambda Legal celebrates the first anniversary of marriage equality nationwide with the publication of "Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America," edited by former Executive Director Kevin Cathcart and Education and Public Affairs Director Leslie Gabel-Brett.
This heartbreaking case calls on our high court to address the best interests of the child – and all children like him -- by recognizing and preserving his relationship with the person he has always known as one of his mothers, his Mama B.