Lambda Legal marked May 1st, International Worker’s Day, with a call for supporting efforts to bring visibility to LGBT immigrants, especially those who are undocumented. Francisco Dueñas, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Proyecto Igualdad, and Carmina Ocampo, Lambda Legal’s lead attorney on immigrants’ rights issues, issued the following statement:
With exactly two weeks remaining until the U.S. Justice Department’s May 15 deadline for the governors of all 50 states to confirm that their state is in compliance with the national standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), Lambda Legal urges Texas Governor Greg Abbott to adopt the PREA standards unconditionally and acknowledge that rape and sexual assault can no longer be accepted as part of the sentence served for any crime.
Yesterday, members and allies of the LGBT community raised their voices for justice as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the six cases collectively known as Obergefell v. Hodges, challenging discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples. But just miles from the courthouse steps, in Baltimore, a community is in turmoil, mourning the death of another black man while in police custody.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled to uphold a Florida rule that helps keep courts impartial by prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar.
I remain quite hopeful that, by the end of June, we will reach another civil rights milestone, making it possible for us to devote even more energy to the other important issues that continue to face LGBT and HIV-positive people.
The U.S. Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the six cases out of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals collectively known as Obergefell v. Hodges, challenging discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples.