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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.

Case arguing against a clinic's policy of refusing fertility services to gay men
After more than 40 years together, Hal Birchfield and James Merrick Smith traveled to New York in October 2012 and got married. Tragically, less than a year later, in September 2013, James died. Upon James’ death, his share of the home they owned together was transferred to Hal, but because at that time Florida did not recognize their marriage, that transfer was treated as a “change of ownership” instead of as a transfer to a surviving spouse.
Case seeking disability benefits for the children of a same-sex couple
Appeal of a Florida family court ruling that a second parent adoption a lesbian obtained in Washington state could not be enforced in Florida.
(Amicus) Case arguing in favor of the "recusal canon" to maintain fair and impartial judges
Case defending students’ right to take a stand against antigay bullying.
Case challenging a hospital's decision to keep a lesbian from visiting her dying partner.
Case on behalf of a transgender man discriminated against by his federal employer because it denied health care coverage.
Case in which a Florida trial court entered an injunction prohibiting a non-biological mom, now separated from her former same-sex spouse, from seeing or contacting the couple’s daughter.