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.

A federal case challenging California's discriminatory ballot measure, Prop 8, which eliminated same-sex couples' right to marry in that state.
Case seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in California
Amicus brief with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of Riverside County asking the court to reverse several convictions from an anti-gay sting operation in the Warm Sands neighborhood of Palm Springs.
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 arguing to uphold domestic partnership laws despite Proposition 22, California's antigay marriage initiative
Case in California arguing that businesses that extend benefits to married couples must also extend them on an equal basis to registered domestic partners
(Amicus) Case seeking to ensure effective access to antidiscrimination protections in business establishments for disabled Californians, including people living with HIV.
A friend-of-the-court brief in which we argue that “ex-gay” therapy harms minors and urge a federal court to uphold a California law banning sexual orientation change efforts by state-licensed providers.
Amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging that heightened scrutiny be applied to discrimination based upon sexual orientation.
Case arguing for a Mexican man to receive asylum in the United States after suffering severe antigay harassment and abuse in his native country
A lawsuit contending that Proposition 8 is not a valid initiative because it improperly attempts to undo the California Constitution's core commitment to equality and deprives the courts of their essential constitutional role of protecting the rights of minorities.

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