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Lambda Adds Firepower 09/18/1998

(NEW YORK, September 18, 1998) -- The nation's oldest and largest gay legal advocacy group just got bigger. Marvin C. Peguese and Doni Gewirtzman have joined the national headquarters of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund as staff attorneys, bringing the total number of lawyers throughout Lambda's offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta to 16.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' 09/23/1998

(NEW YORK, September 23, 1998) -- The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday that a federal appeals court, deferring to military authority, upheld "don't ask, don't tell."

Military
U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Last Remaining Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative 09/28/1998

(CHICAGO, September 28, 1998) -- The most decisive United States Supreme Court triumph ever for lesbian and gay civil rights should bring final defeat for Cincinnati's Issue 3, the country's last anti-gay ballot initiative, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Monday.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments
Lambda Seeks Regional Director for Chicago Office 10/02/1998

(CHICAGO, October 2, 1998) -- In an effort to keep up with growing demand in an eight-state region, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday that it will be expanding its Chicago-based staff by hiring a Midwest Regional Director.

Fair Courts Project
Lambda Helps Gay Cops Strike Blow Against Anti-Gay Policy 10/05/1998

(NEW YORK, October 5, 1998) -- In an important victory for lesbian and gay law enforcement personnel and the Puerto Rican gay community, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Monday that a federal judge has struck down a disciplinary rule that absolutely prohibits Puerto Rico police officers from associating with lesbians and gay men.

Criminal Justice
Tragic Death of Gay Wyoming Student Begs for End to Hatemongering 10/12/1998

(NEW YORK, October 12, 1998) -- Responding to the death of Matthew Shepard on Monday, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said anti-gay violence goes hand in hand with the hatemongering and prejudice commonly voiced by anti-gay extremists, including some public officials around the country.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments
U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Last Remaining Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative 10/13/1998

(CHICAGO, October 13, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that the United States Supreme Court's refusal to review Cincinnati's Issue 3, which prohibits "protected status" for lesbians and gay men, leaves Cincinnatians to battle further over the reach of the controversial measure, but has no implications beyond that case.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments
Hawaii, Alaska Election Results Dont Stop Freedom to Marry Movement 11/04/1998

(NEW YORK, November 4, 1998) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Wednesday said it is disappointed but not defeated by Hawaii voters' approval of an unprecedented constitutional amendment aimed at blocking lesbian and gay couples from civil marriage. A similar measure was also approved in Alaska.

Ohio Court to Hear Lesbian Second-Parent Adoption Case 11/09/1998

(CHICAGO, November 9, 1998) An Ohio appellate court is set to consider its first lesbian second-parent adoption case, which could provide better protections for an eight-year-old girl and eventually for children of many other lesbian and gay parents, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Monday.

Adoption and Parenting
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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