Selected 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.

The cases below offer a broad overview of legal matters Lambda Legal has pursued on behalf of LGBT people and people living with HIV during the most recent decades of our nearly 40-year history.

Adoption and parenting case in which Catholic Charities sued Illinois to force the state to renew a contract for foster care services while excluding couples in civil unions from being eligible foster parents.
Case representing same-sex couples in Illinois seeking the freedom to marry.
Case seeking an emergency marriage license for a lesbian couple, several months in advance of the implementation of the new marriage law in Illinois.
Marriage case seeking immediate issuance of marriage license applications for all same-sex couples in Illinois where one or both partners has a terminal illness.
Sexual orientation discrimination case where a cab driver demanded that a gay couple get out of his taxi after they exchanged a kiss.
Case arguing against the termination of a school superintendent because he is gay
Case arguing for students' rights under the First Amendment to form a gay-straight alliance and to be treated equally
Health care discrimination case involving a transgender woman who was refused transition-related medical care.
Case seeking access to legal proceedings for a name change and waiver of fees on behalf of transgender woman
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.  

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