(San Juan, PR, April 7, 2016) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today once again affirmed that Puerto Rico’s marriage ban is unconstitutional and ordered the District Court of Puerto Rico to enter judgment in favor of Lambda Legal’s plaintiffs and, in light of the egregious disregard of its prior order, ordered that the case be reassigned to a different district court judge. In so doing, the First Circuit made clear that the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down discriminatory state bans denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry nationwide, applies to all people in the United States, regardless of whether they live in a territory or a state.
Late yesterday, Lambda Legal filed a motion seeking class action status in its federal lawsuit on behalf Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, two gay widowers. The motion for class certification would extend the scope of those represented in the lawsuit to all same-sex spouses whose marriages Florida unconstitutionally disregarded at the time of their spouses’ deaths and who wish to obtain accurate death certificates.
(Jackson April 5, 2016) - Lambda Legal today, after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523, an anti-LGBT bill that allows private businesses, individuals and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Mississippi based on religious beliefs about marriage, premarital sexual relationships, and conformity with gender identity stereotypes, issued the following statement from Lambda Legal Senior Counsel and Director of the Law and Policy Project Jennifer C. Pizer:
(New York, NY – April 4, 2016) This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, the case challenging the well-established “one person, one vote” principle that legislative districts should be based on the total number of people who live within them.
RALEIGH – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office “will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2,” the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week.
(Atlanta, March 28, 2016) - Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 757, a discriminatory bill that would have invited private businesses, individuals and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Georgia on religious grounds. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Southern Regional Director Simone Bell:
RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S.
RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality North Carolina condemned North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signing into law a sweeping anti-LGBT measure, HB 2, and announced that the organizations are exploring legal challenges to the discriminatory law.
Today, Lambda Legal filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit asking the court to make clear that last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted same-sex couples the right to marry, applies to Puerto Rico and to order the district court to enter judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.