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Groups Issue Standards for Custody Disputes in Same-Sex Relationships 05/03/1999

(NEW YORK, May 3, 1999) -- Hoping to help their communities avert a crisis, an ad-hoc alliance of LGBT legal and family-oriented organizations today launched an effort to provide guidelines for handling child custody matters when families break apart.

Adoption and Parenting
L.A. Domestic Partner Registry Opens Thursday, May 6 05/04/1999

(LOS ANGELES, May 4, 1999) -- The first couples to be recognized as domestic partners by Los Angeles County will celebrate with other supporters of the newly created County registry, as unmarried couples line up to register on Thursday, May 6.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Illinois Appeals Court Gets Its First Visitation Dispute Between Two Mothers 05/07/1999

(CHICAGO, May 7, 1999) — An increasingly common type of family dispute will reach an Illinois appeals court with a visitation case concerning same-sex parents and the five-year-old girl they raised together until they broke up, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Adoption and Parenting
Florida Appeals Court To Hear Visitation Dispute Between Same-Sex Parents 05/07/1999

(ATLANTA, May 7, 1999) -- An increasingly common type of family dispute will reach a Florida appeals court with a visitation case concerning same-sex parents and the four-year-old girl they raised together until their relationship ended, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Adoption and Parenting
Challenge to Arkansas Sodomy Law Reaches States Highest Court 05/10/1999

(NEW YORK, May 10, 1999) -- As sodomy laws topple state by state, the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a ban against the private, consensual sexual activities of lesbians and gay men, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

Criminal Justice
Lambda Helps Bring a Personal Angle to Domestic Partner Lawsuit 05/13/1999

(ATLANTA, May 13, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund has asked a Georgia judge to allow an Atlanta Councilmember to join the fight against the State Insurance Commissioner's ban on insurance companies' selling policies with domestic partner health coverage.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Workers Do Not Forfeit ADA Protections by Seeking Disability Benefits 05/24/1999

(NEW YORK, May 24, 1999) -- The United States Supreme Court, in the first of several decisions this term affecting people with HIV and AIDS, ruled unanimously Monday that workers with disabilities do not automatically lose employment discrimination protections if they apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
High Court Rules that Schools Cannot Ignore Sexual Harassment Among Students 05/24/1999

(NEW YORK, May 24, 1999) -— The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that schools that willfully ignore sexual harassment of one student by another can be held liable for violating federal civil rights law. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund praised the 5-4 decision, noting that abuse of lesbian and gay students often involves sexual harassment from their peers.

Teens & Young Adults
Landmark San Francisco Benefits Requirement for City Contractors Upheld 05/27/1999

(LOS ANGELES, May 27, 1999) -- The City of San Francisco's pioneering domestic partnership law cleared two big legal hurdles Thursday with a federal court defeat of challenges by the airline industry and a fundamentalist Christian-backed contractor, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Landmark San Francisco Benefits Requirement for City Contractors Upheld 05/27/1999

(LOS ANGELES, May 27, 1999) ˜ The City of San Francisco's pioneering domestic partnership law cleared two big legal hurdles Thursday with a federal court defeat of challenges by the airline industry and a fundamentalist Christian-backed contractor, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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