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 representing a lesbian couple denied accommodation at a Hawai'i commercial business establishment.
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.
Amicus brief in support of University of California Hastings Law School policy requiring publicly funded student groups to accept "all comers."
Amicus brief in support of challenge to Arkansas' Act 1, which prohibits unmarried individuals living with a sexual partner from adopting or fostering children.
Groundbreaking case arguing for the right of students to form a gay-straight alliance and to become a recognized student club
(Amicus) Case seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in Maryland
Amicus briefs to multiple federal courts of appeal and then the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against granting religious exemptions to for-profit companies from insurance coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Case challenging the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy
Maverick Couch is a high school junior threatened with suspension if he wore a T-shirt bearing the message “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.”
Employment discrimination case under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in which court did not reach issue of whether person with HIV was disabled.
Case representing same-sex couples in Illinois seeking the freedom to marry.

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