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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 arguing to uphold domestic partnership laws despite Proposition 22, California's antigay marriage initiative
Case in California arguing that businesses that extend benefits to married couples must also extend them on an equal basis to registered domestic partners
Appeal of a trial court order taking a thriving one-year-old girl away from her lesbian foster parents because the trial judge preferred the adoption placement to be with a "traditional family."
Case representing a transgender girl subjected to verbal and physical abuse because of her sexual orientation, gender identity, sex and disability while in the custody of a secure youth detention facility in Philadelphia.
Case challenging a hospital's decision to keep a lesbian from visiting her dying partner.
Historic case that overturned all remaining state sodomy laws in the United States
Marriage case seeking immediate issuance of marriage license applications for all same-sex couples in Illinois where one or both partners has a terminal illness.
Case seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in New Jersey
Case arguing that New York's state government follows the law by respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
Case arguing in favor of a transgender high school student's First Amendment right to wear a dress to prom.
Amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in support of asylum protection for Karolina Lopez Berera, a transgender Mexican woman living with HIV/AIDS.

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