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.

University's domestic partner benefits program threatened by antigay group and legislator
Lawsuit brought by an antigay legal group attempting to strip away the City of Cleveland's newly enacted domestic partnership registry for same-sex couples and their families.
Maverick Couch is a high school junior threatened with suspension if he wore a T-shirt bearing the message “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.”
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 custodial rights for a non-biological mother whose ex-partner used Ohio's constitutional amendment in an attempt to have her barred from seeing her children.
Case seeking to maintain a joint custody agreement between two lesbian parents despite Ohio's antigay amendment
Case on behalf of a non-biological mother seeking shared custody and visitation rights with the child she has parented with her former same-sex partner.
Friend-of-the-court brief in support of a man living with HIV who was convicted of committing assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly spitting at a police officer.
(Amicus) Case arguing that Ohio's constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples does not exempt one from domestic violence charges because he is not married to the person he is accused of abusing

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