(Chicago, August 11, 2006) — Lambda Legal staff attorney James P. Madigan comments on today’s ruling by the Illinois State Board of Elections that it will not certify an antigay statewide advisory referendum opposing marriage and relationship rights for same-sex couples for the Fall ballot in Illinois because it lacked required popular support. Referendum supporters continue to pursue a federal appeal to have Illinois requirements declared unconstitutional.
ST. LOUIS — In legal papers filed today, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union will ask a federal appeals court to reconsider its July 14th ruling upholding an extreme Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples.
(Seattle, July 26, 2006) — The Washington State Supreme Court issued a 5–4 ruling against couples represented by Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women’s Law Center in a case seeking marriage for same-sex couples.
Two cases were decided today — Andersen v. King County in which the eight couples are represented by Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women's Law Center and Castle v. State whose 11 couples are represented by the ACLU of Washington.
(Oxford, OH, July 14, 2006) — In papers filed today, Lambda Legal asked the Butler County Court of Common Pleas to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University because the legislator has no legal standing to sue.
(New York, July 10, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal announced that Jim Bennett has joined its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago and Judi O’Kelley has joined its Southern Regional Office in Atlanta as Regional Directors.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jim Bennett to Chicago and Judi O’Kelley to Atlanta and look forward to the exciting work ahead,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director at Lambda Legal.
(New York, July 6, 2006) — The New York Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) issued a ruling upholding the state’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
In the prevailing opinion, Judge Robert S. Smith nonetheless wrote, “We express our hope that the participants in the controversy over same-sex marriage will address their arguments to the Legislature.”
(Washington D.C., June 27, 2006) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit on behalf of Lorenzo Taylor, a man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer by the U.S. State Department because he has HIV, stating that Taylor presented “more than enough” evidence for the matter to go to trial.
(Washington, D.C., June 8, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal delivered a petition signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government’s discriminatory hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer.
(Chicago, June 7, 2006) — Today students belonging to the Noble Street Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and Noble Street Charter School filed a settlement agreement in federal court, ending the students’ lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and establishing equal treatment of their school club.