Lambda Legal filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit asking the court to make clear that last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted same-sex couples the right to marry, applies to Puerto Rico and to order the district court to enter judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.
On this 52nd anniversary of Gideon, Lambda Legal recognizes the enormous contributions of public defenders and applauds the U.S. Department of Justice for its letter to state and local courts condemning the illegal enforcement of fines and fees in certain jurisdictions.
This blog post was authored by guest writer Juan Carlos Vega, president and founding member—along with Sophia Isabel Marrero Cruz and other wonder women— of the Citizens Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico (where ‘A’ stands for Allies). He currently serves as Policy Manager for LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers.
After the Supreme Court’s watershed 2015 Obergefell decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, we received many questions about the income tax filing process and how the change has affected things for same-sex couples.
Today, Governor Alejandro García Padilla announced that the decision issued yesterday by the District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, holding that the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down discriminatory marriage bans nationwide did not apply to Puerto Rico because it is not a state, would not affect the ability of LGBT people in Puerto Rico to marry. Lambda Legal applauds the Governor’s announcement.
Today, the U.S. District Court of the District of Puerto Rico ruled that the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down discriminatory marriage bans nationwide did not apply to Puerto Rico because it is not a state, and denied a joint motion brought by Lambda Legal and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to declare Puerto Rico’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional. Lambda Legal will appeal the ruling.
Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of its lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee).
The National Center for Transgender Equality, Lambda Legal, and the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & HIV Project, denounce the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s decision to codify its use of full body scanners in a final rule.