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Lambda Legal Mourns Passing of Former Plaintiff, Dr. Robert Franke 12/28/2011

(Little Rock, AR, December 28, 2011) – The Rev. Dr. Robert Franke, a retired university provost, Unitarian-Universalist minister and Lambda Legal client, died on Monday, December 26, at the age of 78. Dr. Franke was Lambda Legal’s client in the 2009 case Franke v.

HIV | Seniors
Iowa Court Orders State to Provide Accurate Birth Certificate to Child Born to Two Mothers: Lambda Legal Celebrates Victory 01/04/2012

Today, the Iowa District Court for Polk County ordered the state's Department of Public Health to issue a birth certificate for two year-old Mackenzie Gartner, a child born to a married same-sex couple in 2009, listing both spouses as Mackenzie's parents in reliance on their marriage and the spousal presumption of parentage it creates.

Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Applauds Dallas County Community College District for Prohibiting Gender Identity and Expression Discrimination 01/04/2012

(Dallas, TX, January 4, 2012) -- Tuesday night, the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to add gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies. Three policies were amended by the board. The first covers employees. Two others protect students.

Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Welcomes Shelbi Day as New Staff Attorney in Western Regional Office 01/06/2012

(Los Angeles, CA, January 6, 2012) -- Lambda Legal announced today that it has hired Shelbi Day as staff attorney in its Western Regional Office in Los Angeles.

LGBT Legal Groups: Canadian Marriages of Same-Sex Couples Are Not in Jeopardy 01/12/2012

(San Francisco, CA, January 12, 2012)—The following is a joint statement from Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Freedom to Marry:

Lambda Legal Unites HIV Advocates In Support of Affordable Care Act 01/13/2012

Today in the United States Supreme Court, Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 16 national HIV advocacy organizations in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the ACA.

Health Care Fairness | HIV
Eleventh Circuit Hears Lambda Legal Case on Behalf of HIV-Positive Man Denied Job as Atlanta Police Officer 01/25/2012

Today Lambda Legal urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling against the claim of a man who applied to be a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), but was denied employment because of his HIV status.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct | HIV
Eleventh Circuit: HIV-Positive Man Denied Job as Atlanta Police Officer Wins Day in Court 02/01/2012

(Atlanta, February 1, 2012) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a lower court ruling and remanded the case of Lambda Legal client, Richard Roe, back to district court. Roe applied to be a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), but was denied employment because of his HIV status.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | HIV
Lambda Legal Congratulates Washington State Senate for Passing Marriage Equality Bill 02/02/2012

(Olympia, WA, February 1, 2012) -- The Washington State Senate this evening approved by a 28-21 vote a bill establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal National Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor issued the following statement after the State Senate’s historic vote:

Lambda Legal Salutes Historic Ninth Circuit Decision Declaring Prop 8 Unconstitutional 02/07/2012

(San Francisco, February 7, 2012) – The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the historic August 2010 ruling by now-retired U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker finding Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Lambda Legal’s Legal Director Jon Davidson issued the following statement: