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Protections for Non-Traditional Families at Stake as the U.S. Supreme Court Considers a Washington Visitation Statute 01/07/1999

(NEW YORK, January 7, 2000) — The United States Supreme Court, which rarely hears matters of family law, should reject extreme positions on all sides of a Washington visitation case with potential implications for lesbian and gay families, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

Adoption and Parenting
Ohio Appeals Court Denies Second-Parent Adoption to Lesbian Couple 12/16/1998

(CHICAGO, December 16, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said that an Ohio appeals court Wednesday rejected a lesbian couple's request to allow a second-parent adoption, denying an eight-year-old girl the added protections of a second legally recognized parent.

Adoption and Parenting
Gay Dad Wins Big Victory to Continue Unrestricted Visits with His Kids 12/12/1998

(NEW YORK, December 18, 1998) -- Maryland's highest court Friday made an important ruling that the best interest of children with a lesbian or gay parent requires that the children have unrestricted contact with their gay parent unless evidence establishes that such contact causes demonstrable harm, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Adoption and Parenting
Oregon Ruling Is Unprecedented Victory for Gay Civil Rights 12/10/1998

(LOS ANGELES, December 10, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday that an Oregon appellate court decision ordering that employment benefits be given to both married and same-sex couples is historic, and has great potential to advance a big array of lesbian and gay civil rights in the state.

HIV Insurance Caps Violate Americans with Disabilities Act 12/03/1998

(CHICAGO, December 3, 1998) -- A federal judge ruled that drastic restrictions on Mutual of Omaha's coverage for HIV- and AIDS-related medical expenses are illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago announced Thursday.

HIV
Lambda Helps Defeat Georgia Sodomy Law 11/23/1998

(ATLANTA, November 23, 1998) ? Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Monday helped defeat the Georgia sodomy statute, in a victory for the right to privacy under the state?s Constitution and against a notorious national symbol of anti-gay hostility and discrimination.

Criminal Justice
Georgia Supreme Court Strikes Down State Sodomy Law 11/23/1998

(ATLANTA, November 23, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Monday helped defeat the Georgia sodomy statute, in a victory for the right to privacy under the state's Constitution and against a notorious national symbol of anti-gay hostility and discrimination.

Criminal Justice
Lambda Takes on Texas Anti-Gay Sodomy Law 11/20/1998

(NEW YORK, November 20, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said outside a Houston court Friday that it will challenge the Texas "Homosexual Conduct" law in defense of two men arrested in a private home on charges of engaging in consensual sex.

Criminal Justice
Lambda Helps Student Groups Defend Free Speech and Funding 11/19/1998

(CHICAGO, November 19, 1998) -- Three University of Minnesota student organizations, already targeted by a religious conservative lawsuit to de-fund them, first must fight simply to be heard in their own defense in court, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

Criminal Justice
Gay and Straight Students Seek Injunction Against Salt Lake School Board 11/13/1998

(NEW YORK, November 13, 1998) -- In a Utah federal court, an alliance of gay and straight students seeking equal treatment at their school will ask for a preliminary injunction against the Salt Lake City school board, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

Youth and Schools

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