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.

Case seeking access to legal proceedings for a name change and waiver of fees on behalf of transgender woman
(Amicus) Landmark case challenging the military's sodomy law in the wake of Lawrence v. Texas which overturned all remaining sodomy laws in the U.S.
Case that won the right for same-sex couples to marry in Iowa
Case arguing for a student's right to be protected from antigay harassment
Complaint urging a New York City-based landlord to add the wife of lesbian tenant to rent-stabilized apartment lease in accordance with state and city law.
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.  
Case arguing against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy
Case seeking civil unions for same-sex couples in Hawai`i.

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