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.
Summary Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit against the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Dave Williams, a widower now living in Chicago, who was denied spousal benefits after the death of his husband, Carl Allen.
Lambda Legal joined the legal team representing a total of seven Louisiana same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the state’s LGBT rights organization, in their appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of last month’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s discriminatory marriage ban.
Marriage recognition and family law case seeking accurate birth certificates listing both parents to children born with legally married same-sex couples in Ohio.
Case seeking an emergency marriage license for a lesbian couple, several months in advance of the implementation of the new marriage law in Illinois.
Complaint urging a New York City-based landlord to add the wife of lesbian tenant to rent-stabilized apartment lease in accordance with state and city law.
Case seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in New Jersey.
Case representing same-sex partner of shooting victim seeking survivor benefits in Alaska.
Case representing same-sex couples in Illinois seeking the freedom to marry.
Amicus brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in support of Jose Luis Ramirez, an HIV-positive immigrant contesting an Immigration Judge’s deportation order.
Case seeking to enforce the presumed-parentage statute that provides a birth certificate listing both parents for children born to all married couples.