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DOMA Under Fire in Equal Benefits Case 04/14/2011

Today Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed an amended complaint challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its case representing Karen Golinski, a federal court employee denied spousal health benefits for her wife.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
DOMA Shift Not Reflected in Latest Government Filing in Lambda Legal's Golinski v. OPM 02/28/2011

(San Francisco, February 28, 2011) — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it will continue to deny spousal health insurance benefits to a lesbian federal employee, in spite of last week’s announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder has determined that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that DOJ therefore will no longer defend it against court challenges.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
DOMA Shift Leaves Government Out of Excuses, Lambda Legal, Morrison & Foerster Inform Judge 03/03/2011

Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP today told a federal judge that government attorneys have shown they have no further arguments and therefore no further legal barrier exists to a married lesbian federal employee receiving spousal health benefits already provided to her heterosexual co-workers. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys had argued that, among other reasons, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits the employer-provided medical insurance that Karen Golinski had requested for her spouse, Amy Cunninghis. Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster represent Golinski, a 19-year-employee of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
DOJ Tells State Licensing Boards And Occupational Training Schools That It Is Illegal To Bar People With HIV 07/17/2009

HIV
DOJ Delivers Powerful Critique of DOMA in Lambda Legal Case 07/05/2011

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief strongly arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional in a case brought by Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP on behalf of Karen Golinski, a lesbian federal court employee denied medical coverage for her wife, whom she married when same-sex couples could do so in California. The DOJ had previously announced they would no longer defend DOMA, but this is the first legal filing in the country in which they have fully argued to a court that DOMA is unconstitutional. They asked the federal court not to dismiss Golinski's claim.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Do the Boy Scouts of America Have a First Amendment License to Discriminate? 10/25/1999

(NEW YORK, October 25, 1999) -- At a Washington, D.C., forum about the recent defeat of the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy, Evan Wolfson, senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, will explain why New Jersey's highest court correctly ruled that there is no first amendment problem with requiring the BSA to comply with anti-discrimination law.

Divided California Court of Appeal Rejects Challenge to Discriminatory Marriage Law 10/05/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 5, 2006(San Francisco, California, October 5, 2006) In a 2 – 1 decision that will be appealed to the California Supreme Court, a divided panel of the California Court of Appeal ruled today that California may continue to bar same-sex couples from marriage.

Discriminatory Policy Raises Questions About Special Treatment for Boy Scouts 07/19/2000

(NEW YORK, July 19, 2000) — Barely one month after the Boy Scouts of America established its right to discriminate against gay members, long-time Scouts supporters are questioning their continued involvement with the organization, and the special government treatment long accorded the youth group increasingly is coming under close scrutiny.

Disappointment for Russian Lesbian Seeking Asylum 06/04/1998

(NEW YORK June 6, 1997) -- Immigration officials Thursday refused to resolve a Russian lesbian's asylum case and instead ruled that Alla Pitcherskaia must prove to an immigration judge that she is likely to be persecuted if returned to her native country, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said.

Immigration and Asylum
Disappointing ADA Rulings Threaten Protections for Workers with Disabilities 06/23/1999

(NEW YORK, June 23, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund expressed disappointment Wednesday over three United States Supreme Court decisions that substantially limit the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HIV

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