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Prison Rape Elimination Act: Lambda Legal Welcomes Strengthened Commitment From Texas Governor to Comply With PREA 06/12/2015

(New York, NY – June 12, 2015) On Thursday, June 11th, Lambda Legal learned that the Department of Justice had accepted a new letter from Texas Governor Gregory Abbott certifying that Texas would take a more serious approach to implementing the standards of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Sues Employee Retirement System of Texas for Denying Health Coverage for Wife of UNT Administrator 06/12/2015

(Austin, TX; June 12, 2015) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) for violating the U.S. Constitution by denying spousal health insurance coverage for the same-sex spouse of a University of North Texas administrator.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Seniors
Lambda Legal Condemns Passage of Discriminatory Religious Refusal Bills in Michigan and North Carolina 06/11/2015

(June 12, 2015 New York, NY)--Following news that antigay bills have become law in both Michigan and North Carolina, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair of Lambda Legal Jon Davidson issued the following statement.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments
Victory in Guam! Chief Judge Bans Enforcement of Discriminatory Marriage Laws 06/05/2015

(Hagåtña, Guam, June 5, 2015) — Today, District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted summary judgment for plaintiffs and banned enforcement of all laws in the U.S. Territory denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Julianne Moore Says "I Do" and Joins Lambda Legal Campaign for Equality 05/27/2015

Academy Award Winner and Long-time LGBT Rights Supporter Pledges Her Support with $140K Remaining in Nonprofit’s Million Dollar Match

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Responds After DOJ Rejects Texas Governor’s Assurance of PREA Compliance 05/22/2015

(New York, NY – May 22, 2015) According to news reports, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has rejected Texas’s assurance that it will work to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Commends Texas Governor’s Decision to Comply with PREA 05/21/2015

(New York, NY, May 21, 2015) –Texas Governor Gregory Abbott has assured U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that Texas will take steps to comply with the standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Hails Decision by Boy Scouts President to Allow Local Councils to Lift Ban on Gay Leaders 05/21/2015

(Los Angeles, May 21, 2015) – Robert M. Gates, president of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, today announced that the national organization would no longer enforce its ban on local Boy Scout councils allowing gay men to join the organization and serve in leadership positions, noting that the organization could no longer “ignore the social, political, and judicial changes taking place in our country.”

City of Atlanta Held in Contempt in Eagle Raid Case 05/19/2015

ATLANTA– Today, United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., found the City of Atlanta in contempt of court and imposed sanctions for the city’s failure to comply with a prior Settlement and Consent Order on behalf of patrons at the Atlanta Eagle Bar whose constitutional rights were violated when the Atlanta Police Department raided the Atlanta Eagle without a warrant and searched and detained dozens of patrons who were not suspected of committing any crime.

Lambda Legal Seeks Accurate Birth Certificates for Children Born to Same-Sex Parents in Wisconsin 05/14/2015

(Madison, WI, May 13, 2015) – Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, seeking a birth certificate listing both mothers as parents of their son, born in March 2015.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections