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Georgia State Judge Strikes Down Antigay Amendment as Unconstitutional, Citing Serious Procedural Flaws

(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.

Lambda Legal Asks California Supreme Court to Hear Case on Behalf of Lesbian Denied Infertility Treatment by Christian Fundamentalist Doctors

(Los Angeles, April 25, 2006) — Lambda Legal filed papers late yesterday with the California Supreme Court asking it to review a lower court decision that allowed doctors to refuse infertility treatment to lesbian patient Guadalupe Benitez, based on their religious beliefs. “Our client’s doctors’ behavior goes against established medical ethics and violates California civil rights law,” said Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal based in the organization’s Western Regional Office.

Religious and Civil Rights Groups Urge New York's High Court to Strike Down Laws Barring Same-Sex Couples from Marriage

ALBANY, NY (April 24, 2006) — In 14 friend-of-the-court briefs filed with the New York Court of Appeals, national and statewide religious and civil rights leaders and organizations urge the court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage. The court is hearing oral arguments in lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union and others on behalf of same-sex couples on May 31, 2006.

Lambda Legal Hires New Staff Attorney for Midwest Regional Office in Chicago

(Chicago, April 19, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal announces that attorney James P. Madigan has joined its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago as Staff Attorney.

Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Madigan was an associate in the law firm of Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois where he worked extensively on class action defense and complex civil litigation matters. He also previously was a lecturer in law and held a teaching fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School.

Lambda Legal Files Case on Behalf of Students Barred from Having Official Gay Straight Alliance at Noble Street Charter School in Chicago

(Chicago, April 18, 2006) — Lambda Legal today filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop discrimination against students at the Noble Street Charter School who tried to create a gay straight alliance (GSA) student group.

Lambda Legal Releases Results of the Largest Nationwide Survey of Gay Community on Workplace Issues

(New York, April 5, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal announced the results of a wide-ranging workplace fairness survey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community conducted with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP.

Lambda Legal Helps Convince Board to Reverse Decision Banning Gay Rowing Competition at Crystal Lake

(Chicago, March 8, 2006) — Last night, Crystal Lake Park District Board voted to allow the Gay Games to hold its rowing competition at Crystal Lake, reversing an earlier denial of permission. Lambda Legal staff attorney, Jim Madigan, testified before the Board on behalf of the Gay Games, arguing that the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the use of public accommodations such as Crystal Lake.