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Eleventh Circuit Upholds Victory for Transgender Employee Fired by Georgia Legislature 12/06/2011

(Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2011) — Today the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that the Georgia General Assembly discriminated against Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who was fired from her job as Legislative Editor after she told her supervisor that she planned to transition from male to female.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Transgender Rights
Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Motion to Vacate Ruling That Prop 8 Is Unconstitutional 12/08/2011

(San Francisco, December 8, 2011) -- The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today heard oral arguments in the effort by the proponents of Proposition 8 to vacate the historic August 2010 ruling by now-retired U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker finding the discriminatory 2008 proposition unconstitutional.

Lambda Legal Cites New York Marriage Equality, End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Among Highlights of 2011 12/12/2011

(New York, December 12, 2011) - Lambda Legal today released "State of the Law 2011," its annual wrap-up of progress in LGBT rights and tip sheet of what is likely to come in 2012. The report: State of the Law 2011, is available at :

Baltimore County Grants Spousal Benefits to Employees with Same-Sex Spouses After Lambda Legal Arbitration Victory 12/15/2011

Baltimore County announced that, beginning January, it will extend spousal benefits to all county employees who are married to a same-sex spouse. This comes on the heels of an arbitrator’s ruling in favor of Lambda Legal clients Margaret Selby and Juanika Ballard, Baltimore County police officers who had been denied benefits for their same-sex spouses.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
U.S. District Court Hears Oral Argument in Case Challenging Constitutionality of DOMA 12/16/2011

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard oral arguments today in the case brought by Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of Karen Golinski, a federal court employee denied spousal health coverage for her wife.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Lesbian Couple Rejected By Hawaii Bed & Breakfast 12/19/2011

Lambda Legal filed a discrimination lawsuit today in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii on behalf of a lesbian couple rejected by a commercial business establishment, Aloha Bed & Breakfast, because of the owner’s personal antigay beliefs.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Applauds Eleventh Circuit Decision Upholding Curriculum Attacked by Antigay Group 12/19/2011

On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling against Jennifer Keeton, a graduate student in counseling at Augusta State University. Ms. Keeton expressed intent to engage in discriminatory and harmful professional practices when working with LGBT students as a school counselor. Keeton claimed her first amendment rights were violated when the school required her to complete a remediation program to better understand LGBT issues.

Teens & Young Adults
HIV and Health Advocates Submit Comments on Guidelines for Organ Donation to CDC 12/21/2011

In comments submitted today to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lambda Legal, the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), AIDS United and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research say they are pleased that the CDC is updating guidelines for organ donation to include more current scientific information about HIV, but urge the agency to do more to maximize the supply of organs available for transplantation from medically qualified donors throughout our society, including gay men, bisexual men, and transgender people.

Lambda Legal Mourns Passing of John Lawrence, Courageous American and Lead Defendant in Historic LGBT Rights Case 12/23/2011

(Chicago, IL, December 23, 2011) – Lambda Legal mourns the passing of John Geddes Lawrence, a co-defendant in Lawrence v. Texas, the monumental 2003 Lambda Legal case that overturned all remaining U.S. sodomy laws. Lawrence died on November 20th in Texas.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments
Lambda Legal and Equality Delaware Issue Civil Union FAQ for Delaware Same-Sex Couples 12/27/2011

(New York, December 27, 2011) -- Today, Lambda Legal and Equality Delaware released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide for same-sex couples in Delaware who are considering getting a civil union.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections