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Since the 1970s, Lambda Legal has made history through winning legal victories that allowed LGBT people and people with HIV to live their lives with greater dignity, safety and equality under the law.

The cases below offer a broad overview of legal matters Lambda Legal has pursued on behalf of LGBT people and people living with HIV during the most recent decades of our nearly 40-year history.

Case filed in an attempt by plaintiffs to undermine Lambda Legal's Maryland Court of Appeals victory inDoe v. Montgomery County of Board of Elections, which invalidated an illegal referendum petition intended to block a transgender nondiscrimination law.
(Amicus) Historic case seeking to uphold a viewpoint-neutral student group system at public universities
Historic case arguing for a sheriff's culpability for his acts in the murder of a transgender man
University's domestic partner benefits program threatened by antigay group and legislator
Lambda Legal case in which a legally married same-sex couple in Iowa gave birth to a stillborn baby and was issued a death certificate by the Iowa Department of Public Health with one of the mothers' names removed with correction fluid.
Amicus briefs to multiple federal courts of appeal and then the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against granting religious exemptions to for-profit companies from insurance coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Case winning equal travel benefits for spouses of lesbian and gay employees of SkyWest Airlines.
Case brought against the city of Atlanta, the chief of police and individual officers for illegally searching, detaining and harassing staff and patrons of a gay bar.
Case defending California's antidiscrimination protections for students and hate crimes laws
Pioneering case arguing the reinstatement of Army and National Guard veteran after she was discharged because of her sexual orientation
Adoption and parenting case in which Catholic Charities sued Illinois to force the state to renew a contract for foster care services while excluding couples in civil unions from being eligible foster parents.

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