Landmark Cases

Since the 1970s, Lambda Legal has made history through winning legal victories that allowed LGBT people and people with HIV to live their lives with greater dignity, safety and equality under the law.

Below are some of the landmark Lambda Legal cases that have changed the face of LGBT and HIV law.

(Amicus) Groundbreaking case seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in Massachusetts
Historic case seeking to enforce a student's First Amendment right to be out at school
Landmark case seeking guardianship of a recently disabled woman for her same-sex partner
Case seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in California
(Amicus) Case seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in Connecticut
Historic case that overturned all remaining state sodomy laws in the United States
Groundbreaking case arguing against Cirque du Soleil's decision to fire an employee because of his HIV status
Landmark case that struck down a Colorado voter initiative that would have stripped lesbians and gay men of civil rights protection.
Case arguing against the Foreign Service's policy of not hiring anyone who is HIV positive
(Amicus) Landmark case challenging the military's sodomy law in the wake of Lawrence v. Texas which overturned all remaining sodomy laws in the U.S.
Case that won the right for same-sex couples to marry in Iowa


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