Cases

Lambda Legal pursues impact litigation: We select cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV. Our docket ordinarily includes about 65 open cases at a time. We also support many important cases by filing friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs.

Docket (Open Cases)

Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star (legal name: Zollicoffer), a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ’s male facilities.

Recent Victories

Federal case seeking the freedom to marry in Indiana and recognition of legal out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
Case seeking an emergency marriage license for a lesbian couple, several months in advance of the implementation of the new marriage law in Illinois.

Landmark Cases

Pioneering case seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in Hawaii
(Amicus) Groundbreaking case seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in Vermont

Selected Cases

Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star (legal name: Zollicoffer), a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ’s male facilities.

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