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.

Historic case that overturned all remaining state sodomy laws in the United States
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.
Case seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in New Jersey
Case arguing that New York's state government follows the law by respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
Case arguing in favor of a transgender high school student's First Amendment right to wear a dress to prom.
Amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in support of asylum protection for Karolina Lopez Berera, a transgender Mexican woman living with HIV/AIDS.
Case arguing federal discrimination after a woman has job offer rescinded because she is transgender
Lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona arguing that Arizona’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution
Case arguing against the Foreign Service's policy of not hiring anyone who is HIV positive.
Groundbreaking case arguing against Cirque du Soleil's decision to fire an employee because of his HIV status
Case defending a man's right to the estate of his deceased spouse with New York's long-standing law respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.


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