(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.
(Denver, May 23, 2006) — In court papers made public today, Lambda Legal has entered a lawsuit filed by The Center’s Legal Initiative Project (CLIP) in the District Court of Denver County, Colorado, against Qwest Communications on behalf of a former employee who had to leave his job because he experienced severe harassment by his coworkers because he is gay.
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 19, 2006) — In a 31-page decision, a federal court struck down an Oklahoma law so extreme that it would have had the potential to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma.
(Atlanta, May 16, 2006) — A state judge today struck down an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that was passed in November, 2004 to deny recognition to same-sex couples. Today’s ruling said the amendment violated the state constitution's procedural requirements, which exist to prevent voter confusion and protect the constitutional process.