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Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Joins Lambda Legal's Campaign to Expose Harrah's Firing of a Veteran Bartender Who Said 'No' To Mandatory Make-up

(Reno, Nevada, February 27, 2006) — Lambda Legal today announced the addition of the Progressive Leadership Alliance Nevada (PLAN) to the “Shame on You Harrah’s” campaign. The campaign is focused on Harrah’s firing of a veteran bartender, Darlene Jespersen, because she objected to the casino’s strict, mandatory make-up regimen for female employees.

Coretta Scott King Memorial


It is a great honor to have this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to Mrs. King.

She was a great leader, a champion of human rights worldwide and a woman whose work and life — dedicated to civil rights, peace, and justice over many decades — gave her a moral voice and position from which to speak, all the more powerful and appreciated because of how rare a voice like hers is in our society. How rare it is for leaders to transcend the boundaries of any one movement or community and speak to a broader and higher vision of what we could be!

New Jersey Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Lambda Legal's Lawsuit Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Trenton, February 15, 2006) — The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments this morning in Lambda Legal’s case seeking marriage for same-sex couples in that state.

National Coalition Announces New Initiative to Raise Profile of People of Color Who Support Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(New York, February 13, 2006) — As polling continues to show increased support for marriage equality for same-sex couples in state after state, five national organizations today announced a new initiative to elevate communities of color who support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Oral Arguments Held in Federal Appeals Court: Lambda Legal and ACLU Urge Court to Uphold Prior Ruling Striking Down Extreme Antigay Nebraska Law Banning All Protections for Same-Sex Couples

(St. Louis, Missouri, February 13, 2006) — In oral arguments today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal urged the court to uphold a lower court ruling which struck down the extreme antigay family law in Nebraska banning all protections for the relationships of same-sex couples.

Lambda Legal Reaches Settlement Agreement with Restaurant That Fired Man Because He Has HIV

(Wilmington, NC, February 6, 2006) — Lambda Legal facilitated a settlement agreement in a case in which a man with HIV, was fired from his job as a cook for a small restaurant because of his HIV status.

Intervention Rights — and Wrongs

Intervention is an important litigation tool that allows one to become a party to a lawsuit brought by others. It has significant advantages over filing an amicus curiae brief in that, unlike an amicus, an intervenor usually has a right to conduct discovery, bring motions, present oral argument and evidence, and appeal. But, in order to be entitled to intervene, one generally has to have, at minimum, a direct and immediate interest in the litigation.

Lambda Legal Says Justice Alito Likely Will Tip High Court to the Right but Vows Progress

(New York, January 31, 2006) — Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart on the confirmation of the nomination of Judge Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Lambda Legal voiced very serious concerns about the track record of now — Justice Samuel Alito and therefore opposed his nomination.

Lambda Legal Launches Multimedia Blitz Focusing on Harrah's Firing of a Veteran Bartender Who Refused to Wear Mandatory Make-up

(Reno, Nevada, January 30, 2006) — Lambda Legal today announced a multimedia campaign blitz — targeting gamblers, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the general public — to draw attention to a federal lawsuit against Harrah’s Casino for firing a 21-year bartender, Darlene Jespersen, because she refused to make up her face every day to match a photo given to her by Harrah’s.